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Weather doesn't dampen youth tractor safety training

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

I want to start by thanking Caledonia Ag Instructor Brad Harguth for hosting the Youth Tractor Safety Training at the Caledonia High School this past week. There is a lot of work involved, I wasn't as able to do quite as much of the prep work for the week due to several family responsibilities. Brad had things ready and despite the rain things went very smoothly.

For the first time in many years, we did not have a single young lady attend tractor safety; usually we have had two or three. I generally like to point out to the boys that at least one of the young ladies will be the best driver. The girls are often a little older, which is an advantage.

My very positive comment of the group may be more a comment on our society. I never heard one curse or swear word from a single participant, their parents and grandparents can be proud of how well they conducted themselves!

With the addition of the twenty-three students who completed the joint training in 2010, we are now at 633 students who have now participated in the Joint Tractor Safety Training over the last twenty-two years. We do this joint training because no one school has enough students to justify individual classes. Over the years, in addition to me, we have had instructors from eight different school districts.

In addition to Brad Harguth, I would like to thank Ag Instructors Dennis Rud, Mabel-Canton; Tim Willette, Lanesboro who had to miss part of the days for knee surgery. Also helping were Craig Colbenson, Rushford-Peterson; Kristal Brogan, Kingsland; and former State Patrolmen Carl Ukkestadt. 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. Caledonia Implement was very generous in providing the tractors and manure spreaders for the driving portion of the training.

The students participating this year were from many communities. Canton: Lucas Nordsving; Rushford: Daniel Johnson; Caledonia: Alex Goetzinger, Blake Mauss, Jack Miller, Sam Schulte; Houston: Bradey Ramin-Pierce, James Loken, Daren Chapel, Matthew Rediske; Spring Grove: Phillip Paulson; Chatfield: Rhett Littrel, Harvey Friederichs, Henry Friederichs; Harmony: Jeremy Wood; Mabel: Joshua Vatland, Mitchell Kuhn; Whalan: Seth Schmidt; Lewiston: Ross Anderson; Winona: Hunter Volkman; Spring Valley: Chase Ganzer; Wykoff: Noah Schmidt, and Peterson: Jacob Agrimson.

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