Doing it the old fashioned way

Everyone got a chance to help out with the threshing, which was a special event for Lakota’s Quasquicentennial. (Photo by Kim Price)

Lakota residents brought a piece of history back to life on Saturday, Aug. 12, during an old fashioned threshing demonstration. The event was a belated part of the Lakota Quasquicentennial, as the oats weren’t quite ready during the celebration in July.

The threshing took place on Derek Koppen’s farmland just west of town. Koppen planted the oats back in early April, using his grandpa’s 1952 Farmall M and 1942 John Deere seeder. His son Jacob drilled the oats.

“It was kind of a cold spring. It took a while for the oats to take off,” said Derek.

Gary Anderson provided the 1920 Red River Special threshing machine, which he recently restored, and Koppen used his 1932 Farmall Regular tractor. Dave Winter from Ledyard helped out by cutting the oats with his vintage John Deere binder.

Read the full article in the September 6 edition of the Buffalo Center Tribune.