Michael Swanson, Cheri Reese

founders + owners @ Far North Spirits

Husband and wife team Michael Swanson and Cheri Reese are co-founders and owners of Hallock, MN-based farm distillery Far North Spirits. In 2013 they returned home after 25 years and built the craft distillery on the family’s 100-year-old farm. Michael oversees all aspects of farming and distilling. Cheri heads up sales and marketing. Michael’s background includes research, technical service, sales and marketing in Denver and St. Paul. He holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a BS in biology/chemistry from Concordia College, Moorhead. Cheri spent 20 years in public relations in Minneapolist-St.Paul. She holds a BA in English from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.