Lewis and Janice Baumgartner bought their farm in 1979. Eager to fulfill his dream of farming, Lewis raised crops, cattle, chickens and hogs. However, the farming crisis of the early 1980's hit the Baumgartner's hard and forced him to declare bankruptcy.
Baumgartner has built a second career as a comedian out of mishaps such as these. Whether it's damp trousers, faulty equipment or just plain bad luck, his jokes dig at the sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, job of farming.
Six years ago, a stroke interrupted his comedy career. After six weeks of intensive physical and speech therapy in the hospital, Lewis' recovery seemed on track.
But another stroke in 2008 again sent him to the hospital a second time. This stroke affected his mobility and speech even more severely. He has spent the last five years regaining his voice so he can once again use humor to share a message.
""We want anybody that's been through something like this to know that you should never give up," she said. "In the six years since his first stroke, we've come a long way." (Janice Baumngartner's)