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Twenty-five Years of Youth Tractor Safety


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All 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: lining up tractors, arranging facilities, and all the miscellaneous things that need to be ready on site.

With the addition of the 26 students who completed the joint training in 2013, we are now at 702 students who have participated in the Joint Tractor Safety Training over the last 25 years. We do this joint training because no one school has enough students to justify individual classes.

In addition to Brad Harguth, I would like to thank Ag Instructors Dennis Rud, Mabel-Canton; Colby Lind, Rushford-Peterson; and former State Patrolman Carl Ukkestadt. Ukkestadt has an excellent presentation of on-road farm accidents and hazards that he shares with the students. To assist with testing and driving, former Ag Instructor Al Dittmer stepped in as well.

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. SEMA of Caledonia, Minn. 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: Jason Laumb; Houston: Bo Carpenter, Cody Carpenter; Lanesboro: Jared Troendle, Taylor (TJ) Ruen; Utica: Reece Riebel; Canton: Jonah (Joe) Colsch, Brenden Kerns, Connor Gulbranson, Nathan Magnuson, Finn Ronken, Carter Nesbit; Brownsville: David Seymour; Spring Grove: Noah Myrah, Camron Sylling; Mabel: Michael Selness, Travis Vatland; Harmony: Erin McKay; and Caledonia: Alex Goergen, Andrew Goergen, Hannah Bolduan, Heidi Bolduan, Brady Happel, Joseph Schieber, Carson Bullerman, Mick Bullerman.

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