FARGO, N.D. — Oil, shovel-loaders, agricultural tractors and wheat led the way to a 33 percent jump in the value of North Dakota goods being sold to foreign countries in 2011, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
A town of thousands sputtered to life over the weekend north of Itasca State Park, one that has come into being for 35 years. “I don’t know how many we have but they’re sure a ‘comin,” said Pioneer volunteer John Erickson of the attendance. Jim Evans of Iowa Falls, Iowa, was a first-timer, bringing his half scale Case threshing machine up for the show. “It’s a nice show and I’m really impressed by the showgrounds,” he said. Among the “old-timers” was a Clearwater County tractor that built many of the roads around Itasca State Park. With heritage buildings serving as the backdrop, the annual event includes demonstrations of gas, steam, diesel and hot air engines, woodworking and planing shows and photos of past relics.
Ronald A. Voltz, 66, of Mahnomen, was traveling east on state Highway 200 when he came upon an eastbound John Deere tractor pulling a farm implement. The tractor did not have lights, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
The Pioneer Farmers show was a tinkerer’s paradise.
If it whirred, sputtered, popped, fizzed, rotated or belched steam – or otherwise made noise – it was on display near Itasca State Park last weekend.
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