Ralph Albert NoeskeRalph Albert Noeske was born on November 9, 1923 in Noltimier Township, rural Barnes County, ND, the son of Albert and Lillian (Hoffman) Noeske. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem United Methodist Church and took part in Methodist youth camps at Chautauqua Park. He attended Noltimier School, rural Valley City, where he was a member of the graduating class of 1942. Ralph went on to Valley City State College. He served in the US Army from 1946-1947.
On September 26, 1953 he married Helen Joy Winter. They made their home on the family farm, where he continued his lifelong career of farming. Ralph became friends with some western ranchers who were promoting the "feeding out of cattle." Ralph tried this and some of his cattle were chosen to be displayed on Broadway in Fargo, ND as part of a promotion.