Farmer Donates $4 Million Farm In Honor Of Fiancé

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Break out the tissues for this one.

Farmer Curt Chergosky loved his land, but he loved his fiancé Andrea Ruesch even more. The nearly 50 year-old farmer met Ruesch when she became the new coordinator for the Jackson County, Minnesota 4-H club — a nation-wide youth development organization.

The two had a serious connection, and it was the talk of the town. Andrea's coworker Brittany Koch recalled their spark, "Curt started coming into this office all the time and we made fun of her so bad, but she didn't really get what was going on."

Once they finally got together, the lovebirds were engaged within seven months. Curt loved her terribly, and they each shared a love for the land. They talked about life, their future together, kids — everything.

Then things took a tragic turn.

Three months before their wedding day, Andrea suddenly became sick while weaning calves. She asked Curt to call an ambulance. But it was too late.

When Curt arrived at the hospital, the doctor gave the heartbreaking news: Andrea hadn't made it. She'd died of a pulmonary embolism.

Curt was lost in the initial days after her death, and rightfully so. He didn't know what to do with himself. Then he decided to do the unthinkable: donate his beloved farm. Andrea meant more to him than the land, so he donated his $4 million dollar farm to Andrea's other passion — 4-H.

Even after she passed, Curt has continued to show his love. "I spoiled her, that's what she always told me to do," Curt said regarding a scholarship he donated in Andrea's name. "This is all for her."

Andrea's legacy and desire to help the youths in her community will live on through Curt's acts of love.

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