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Twenty-four years of youth tractor safety


By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

I want to start by thanking Rushford-Peterson Ag Instructor Colby Lind for hosting the Youth Tractor Safety Training at the Rushford-Peterson High School this past week. There is a lot of work involved, lining up tractors, arranging facilities, and all the miscellaneous things that need to be ready on site.

With the addition of the nineteen students who completed the joint training in 2012, we are now at 676 students who have now participated in the Joint Tractor Safety Training over the last twenty-four years. We do this joint training because no one school has enough students to justify individual classes.

In addition to Colby Lind, I would like to thank Ag Instructors Dennis Rud, Mabel-Canton; Tim Willette, Lanesboro; Brad Harguth, Caledonia; and former State Patrolmen Carl Ukkestadt. Carl has an excellent presentation of on-road farm accidents and hazards that he shares with the students.

I believe having many voices not only makes it more interesting for the students, it emphasizes that fact that many people consider this safety training important. Hammell Equipment was very generous in providing the tractors and manure spreaders for the driving portion of the training.

The students completing the course this year were from many communities. Rushford: Tucker Eide, Jered Brand, Dustin Brand, Blake Lawston, Eric Courier, Phil O’Shaughnessy, Kjersta Lind; Houston: Benjamin Maynard; Peterson: Benjamin Markegard, Jordan Markegard; Lanesboro: Steve Rein, Cory Mensink; Lewiston: Owen Sannes, Logan Sannes, Tristan Westphal; Altura: Dillon Kreidermacher, Lucas Herber; Rollingstone: Dustin Kriedermacher; and Caledonia: Brennon Schulte.

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