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Simon and Murphy Osten kept a watchful eye on their dad Andrew's 1/3-scale Case steam engine during the Aug. 10 Looney Daze festivities in Vergas; the engine was used to power the custom-built hot dog maker of Darrell Dey (at top of photo). Both Osten and Dey will be part of this weekend's Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, which runs Friday through Monday in Rollag. VICKI GERDES/DL NEWSPAPERS

Steam Threshers Reunion now in 60th year

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This year, the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag will honor Gaar Scott equipment, a brand that’s not common in this area — but one that helped launch the reunion in the first place.

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It all started in 1940 when local thresher men, the Nelson boys, fired up their family’s Gaar Scott engine, which has been in the Nelson family since 1926, to thresh with steam again for old time sake.

Friends, family and a few spectators were attracted to the scene.

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