By Tim Kowols
Farmer Don Niles will not just be paying his respects to his business partner and Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy owner John Pagel Friday and Saturday, he will be remembering a dear friend. Pagel, his son-in-law Steve Witcpalek, and their pilot Nathan Saari died last week when their plane crashed in rural Indiana on their way from Indianapolis to Green Bay. Niles first met Pagel as his farm’s veterinarian in the late 1980s and soon they traveled to farms around the country learning new ways of handling cows, people and facilities. He credits Pagel with innovations now commonly used across the state.
Years after they started Dairy Dreams in Casco, Niles remembers Pagel’s impact on the industry locally.