Moving A Threshing Show!


| July/August 1995



P.O. Box 43 Rogers, Minnesota 55374

The 22nd annual Rogers Threshing Show took place the third weekend in August, 1992. Four days later, Walter Dehn passed away unexpectedly. He was one of the founders of the show. His farm became home to the show in 1972.

We had a year-to-year lease on the land and now we were to enter a period of real uncertainty. The Rogers area has grown dramatically, due in part to its access to 1-94 and to Minnesota Highway 101, both major traffic arteries. The show now found itself on land that had become very valuable. We quickly found that we could not buy it. We finally negotiated a two year lease (we had hoped for five) and the real work began!

First we had to examine our options. We went to local town councils to plead our cause. We had meetings with county parks officials to see if we had anything in common there. We had meetings with community parks departments. We looked at acreage in many locations. Our two year lease looked impossibly short!

Finally, in March 1993, we located 54 acres. The site was only 12 miles from our old location and the price was right. The Rogers Pioneer Power Association, Inc. met to consider the choices we had. The vote was almost unanimous to buy the 54 acres at Northern, Minnesota.

We appeared before the Burns Town Board in July. They referred us to the Planning & Zoning Commission for a public hearing. In late July, several of us appeared for a grueling hearing where four neighbors objected to the show. We were questioned extensively by commission members during the regular meeting. They ultimately recommended approval.