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Volunteers bind wheat for annual threshing bee

 

Aaron Underwood gives a wheat bundle a toss as a crew worked to bind and stack trailers of wheat for the upcoming Jewell County Historical Society's Threshing Bee. Tanner Shipman works on the trailer. The two were part of a crew working in Fred Eilert's wheat field just west of Mankato on Tuesday. 

Last Tuesday some tourists crossing Jewell County got to see a scene from the past as 13 workers came together on Fred Eilert's wheat field just west of Mankato.  The group ranged in age from 14-year-old Noah Shipman to 84-year-old Harlow Vader.  Their mission was to bind wheat for the upcoming Jewell County Historical Society's Threshing Bee. The t-shirts and tank tops were not authentic to the past but the machinery was true to a time decades ago.

There was an old International binder, the likes of which could have come out the horse and mule era.  In fact, Harlow Vader remembers his...



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