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Reliving yesteryear

Rand Middleton / Special to the Tribune Atwater Threshing Days gives visitors a taste of farm life 100-years ago. Everett Groebner, left, and older brother Oliver, both of Atwater, provide arm power to run a corn sheller Saturday as Tyler Larson of Sacred Heart feeds field corn. The two-day event was held Saturday and Sunday at the festival grounds east of Atwater.1 / 7
Rand Middleton / Special to the Tribune Demonstrations Saturday and Sunday at the Atwater Threshing Days included oat threshing.2 / 7
Rand Middleton / Special to the Tribune Doug Jeseritz of Murdock, left, on a Farmall, and Nathan Radunz of Spicer, driving an Oliver, turn earth Sunday at the fifth annual KMS FFA Antique Plowing exhibition. Sixteen registered to plow the 110 acres for spring planting at the Larry Lindquist farm west of Kerkhoven.3 / 7
Rand Middleton / Special to the Tribune Charlie Haug, a KMS freshman, aboard an antique John Deere, leads the student team organizing the fifth annual KMS FFA Antique Plowing exhibition.4 / 7
Rand Middleton / Special to the Tribune An International single-bottom plow is pulled by Steve Loch of Dassel Sunday during the fifth annual KMS FFA plowing exhibition. 5 / 7
Rand Middleton / Special to the Tribune Charlie Haug, a KMS freshman, aboard an antique John Deere, leads the student team organizing the fifth annual KMS FFA Antique Plowing exhibition.6 / 7
Rand Middleton / Special to the Tribune A 55-hp gas-powered 28-50 Hart-Parr chugs across the parade grounds Saturday afternoon during the tractor parade at the Atwater Threshing Days.7 / 7

Two regional events over the weekend took visitors and participants back in time as they explored the by-gone days of farming decades ago.

The fifth annual KMS FFA Antique Plowing exhibition was held Sunday, with 16 registered to plow the 110 acres for spring planting at the Larry Lindquist farm west of Kerkhoven.

East of Atwater, the annual Atwater Threshing Days were held Saturday and Sunday. The annual event features steam-powered engines, old tractors, threshing and much more.

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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