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Published August 03, 2010, 10:06 AM

The personal connections

Fayette Heidecker has relished the smaller, personal connections with clients. Some of them involve cats.

By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek

The personal connections

Fayette Heidecker has relished the smaller, personal connections with clients. Some of them involve cats.

- Call him “J.D.”: In the 1990s, when she called on Dakota Farm Equipment in Beach, N.D., the company had a cat. “His name was J.D., and they sold John Deere equipment,” she says.

- Baby-sitting ad rep: “One time I was calling on Kris Ringwall,” director of the North Dakota State University Extension and Research Center in Dickinson. “His home is next to his office, so he happened to be home with his daughter, baby-sitting. Well, he needed to go to the office for a bit, so I baby-sat for him for awhile.”

- Another cat tale: In 1992, her son, Jaden, was turning 3, and all he wanted for his birthday was a kitten. For some reason, Fayette wasn’t finding one in Dickinson, but her client, Harry Zachmann, who had West Plains Implement in Beach, had a solution. “He took us out to the farm and opened up a shed and all of these little kittens came out,” she says. “We picked out a little female calico and named her ‘Cookie.’ We had her for 15 years. I’d see Harry at the implement convention in Bismarck and would talk about how I still had Cookie.”

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