Dave Leber, owner of Leber Ag, recently had brain surgery in Rochester, Minn. and has spent the last two weeks in rehab fighting the effects of that surgery. The Vale community is holding a benefit dinner for him and his family. 

VALE | The Leber family has been part of the Vale community for more 10 years and have been there for the local folks from the Nisland, Vale, and Newell area. Now it’s time for community members to come and show their support to this industrious family.

Dave Leber, owner of Leber Ag, has encountered some difficult medical problems that have sidelined him for the present time. Recently, he had brain surgery in Rochester, Minn. and has spent the last two weeks in rehab fighting the effects of that surgery.

A spaghetti dinner is planned for January 20 at 6 p.m. at the Vale Bar in Vale. A live auction will follow at 7:30 p.m. There have been a variety of items donated by people from all over the northern hills area.

Leber’s walk with illness began in late fall of 2017 when he suffered a seizure and was taken to Rapid City. Through the months that followed, a tumor was found, followed by surgery in Rochester.

Area farmers and ranchers first knew Leber Ag more than 10 years ago when the Lebers took over the grain elevator in Vale. The ag company provides a variety of farm and ranch products, including dry distillers grain, fertilizers, ag chemicals, and calf and lamb supplements. Family pets are also part of the recipients of the diversity of feed offered with dog and cat food on the list. Seed is also available, along with custom spraying.

Lebers added feed trucks that are capable of delivering several tons of feed within a 100-mile radius.

Early spring finds Leber Ag buzzing with activity as fertilizer and ag chemical wagons go from elevator to field. It is an essential part of the local community.

Dave Leber and son, Riley, have spent considerable time rebuilding two semi-trucks to make deliveries. Their first one was a 1996 Classic Freightliner and a 1994 Kenworth. Dave remarked during an earlier interview that it was “kinda fun” to work on the projects together with his oldest son.

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The Lebers can be seen attending basketball and track events throughout the year. Their oldest daughter, Delaney, is one of the outstanding athletes at Newell High School.

The youngest member of the family, Sydney, has stepped up and helped the family in any way he can. He is a freshman at Newell High School.

One of the most outstanding things of the small communities of the Northern Hills area is the spirit of coming together and neighbor helping neighbor. The benefit for the Leber family is an example of the nature of the neighborhood.

Make plans to be at the Vale Bar in Vale for the spaghetti dinner and auction, Saturday, January 20 beginning at 6 p.m. 

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Chris Huber is the managing editor at the Rapid City Journal.