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MN NATIONAL WINNERS: Lloyd Gath, Shirley Winegar, Josh Wahlin, Ann Carlson and Ken Vraa.
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Wahlin, Carlson win club championships
Voyageur Press• August 23, 2016
 

McGREGOR, Minn.—Josh Wahlin started out slow, but rebounded and played a steady round of golf to claim the Minnesota National Club Championship, while Ann Carlson won her first title for the women in 2016.

Josh outlasted defending champion Chuck Boyd and Sam Moose to card a 116 for 27 holes in the Championship Flight. Chuck finished with 125 and Sam a 126.

The slow start for Josh resulted in six over after three holes, including three lost balls. The disappointing start turned around on Hole #5 when Josh sunk a birdie, but he followed it up with a shot in the woods and a double bogie on Hole #6.

After that, Josh played even par golf.

Sam got off to the early lead and played well the first nine holes to take a 2-stroke lead, but faltered on the back nine. Chuck, meanwhile made a nice run on the back nine holes, but missed a couple of short birdie putts down the ...

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PEAT INC: Bree spends most of her time operating the front-end loader.
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Bree Tuhkanen loves her job!
Voyageur Press• August 16, 2016
 

McGREGOR, Minn.— Bree Tuhkanen loves her job. At age 25, Bree has found her nitch—a non-traditional occupation for women.

Bree applied at Peat Inc. in McGregor with a willingness to learn and caught the eye of Production Manager Bill Pelto. Bill can’t say enough about the job Bree is doing at the peat plant.

Bill recalls the day Bree came in looking for a job about 3-1/2 years ago. “She told me she had never run a big piece of equipment in her life,” said Bill, “but she wanted to learn how.”

It didn’t take long before Bill recognized that Bree was a natural behind the wheel. “I knew with her eagerness to learn a new occupation, I told her I could train her,” Bill recalls. “The first thing I did was put her in the front-end loader. I told her I had never had a girl apply before, so I took her down to the loading area and said it is dusty and dirty.”

Bree agreed. “It went great that first day. He instantly let me go and load the screener on my own. I told Bill I love getting dirty and I don’t mind grease.”

“I’d never done that with any other person,” Bill admitted. “She has a natural knack ...

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ALLIS-CHALMERS TRACTOR COLLECTION: Just a few of the 70 tractors in Bruce Gould’s collection in Jacobson, Minnesota. Bruce is often seen in the annual Jacobson Landing Day parade.
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Fathers & sons serve

A museum-quality collection
Jim Hawley • August 9, 2016
 

JACOBSON, Minn.—There’s having a passion for something. Then, there’s really having a compassion for something. Bruce Gould, with the support of his wife Zelda, demonstrates a zeal for Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment that has led to their accumulation of a museum quality collection of machinery. If you drive on Highway 200 between Highway 65 and County Road 10 you will likely see a handful of them in their front yard.

Bruce and Zelda both come from farming backgrounds, with Bruce moving to Jacobson at age six and Zelda growing up in nearby Warba.

It all started when Bruce began collecting toy tractors and machinery of all brands about 30 years ago. He has assembled a large (hundreds) toy collection, well organized and stored in glass cabinets. As real tractors “could be acquired for the price of a toy,” Bruce started collecting the life-size versions.

“I don’t know for sure, but I know when one is missing,” was Bruce’s reply to the question of how many machines he owns. Zelda suggested the number was in the 70s, with Bruce adding that about three dozen of them were “good, running tractors.”

Why Allis-Chalmers? Both Bruce’s and Zelda’s fathers used that brand. In addition to farming, Bruce’s dad worked for the ...

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