Minnesota Steam Engine Association Steam-Up

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Sec.-Treas. 703 County Rd. 2 South St. Stephen, Minnesota 56375

The annual steam-up of the Minnesota Steam Engine Association was held on Saturday, May 21, 1994 at Bonanzaville USA, a pioneer village operated by the Cass County Historical Society at West Fargo, North Dakota. Members of the North Dakota Threshers also attended. Bob Jostad, a director of Bonanzaville, had the fire going in their 50 HP Case traction engine by 9:00 a.m. The entire grounds were open for touring by the attendees. The official program began at 11:00 a.m., with a lecture using the village's portable Case engine of 1880s vintage as a visual aid, on the various things that need to be done and checked before firing up.

At noon, a chicken dinner provided by the village was enjoyed by the attendees, followed at 1:00 p.m. by the last monthly meeting of the MSEA for the season, where a report was given on the activities of the association during the past year. After the meeting, those desiring were able to practice running the Case 50 and belting it up to a Case separator that the village had set up.

These steam-ups are held by the MSEA annually at various locations, to give those people new to the steam engine hobby the basics in running a steam traction engine and a chance to get some hands-on experience under the supervision of experienced engineers. In all aspects, it was a very successful day.

Beginning in 1994, the association is also awarding a scholarship each year, to one of its members, for the Steam School which is put on each June by the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers at Rollag, Minnesota. Upon completion of this school, a person should be able to pass the test required to obtain Minnesota's steam traction engineer's license.

The MSEA thanks the people of Bonanzaville for hosting this event and invites anyone in Engine Land to join the association. To do so, send $5.00 dues to the address above. You will then receive your membership card and the subsequent newsletters of the association, which are published following each meeting. If more information about the association is desired, again, you are invited to write to the address above and you will receive a complete history and explanation of what the MSEA is all about.