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LEGENDARY FARMALL TRACTORS contains over 500 photographs of the machines, from the first experimental model to the last one rolled off the assembly line.

It's that time of year already!

The Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion will once again take place in Rollag over this Labor Day weekend, Thursday through Monday, Sept. 2-5.

It is the perfect place to step back in time and see how things were done.

The members of the WMSTR expo have lovingly restored many pieces of farm machinery, making it possible to demonstrate how these items worked back in the days when they were new.

If you have a fondness for the history of farm and steam machinery, and/or have the desire to restore any of that machinery, your library can help with such books as those highlighted below.

Legendary Farmall Tractors: a Photographic History by Lee Klancher with Randy Leffingwell

The first general-purpose tractor with narrowly spaced front wheels, the original Farmall was designed to do fine-tuned field cultivation as well as anything a team of farm horses could do -- in short, to "farm all."

The rest is history, even legend, in the agriculture industry -- a legend that unfolds in these pages, in full color and sharp detail.

This big book features 500 photographs of Farmall tractors, from that first experimental model introduced in 1924, through the classic lineup of International Harvester models that bore the Farmall name, to the last one to roll off the assembly line.

How to Paint Your Tractor by Tharran E. Gaines.

A trusted writer and instructor on the restoration of tractors -- from Ford and Farmall to John Deere -- Tharran Gaines provides a complete, clearly detailed, step-by-step guide to painting your tractor for that perfectly authentic look.

It's the finishing touch and the first thing anyone will see; the paint job is an essential step in tractor restoration, and the techniques can be a bit unfamiliar, a bit daunting.

This easy-to-follow how-to book takes the guesswork and anxiety out of the process and assures you of getting just the look you want for your vintage farm machine.

Library Happenings


• Wednesday, August 31: "Beginning Genealogy," 3 p.m.

Want to research your family history? Aren't sure where to start? Come to the Beginning Genealogy class in Detroit Lakes Library's meeting room.

• Thursday, Sept. 1 and Saturday, Sept. 3: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

• Monday, Sept. 5: The library will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

• Monday, Sept. 12: "Intro to Couponing," 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• Tuesday, Sept. 13: "LARL Digital Library," 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

• Tuesday, Sept. 20: Library Book Club, 3 to 4 p.m.

• Friday, Sept. 23: "Basic Computer," 3:30 to 5 p.m.

• Tuesday, Sept. 27: Library Club, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Friday, Sept. 30: "Google for Beginners," 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Library hours

Regular hours for the Detroit Lakes Library are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It is closed on Sundays.

For more information, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave.