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Bernice Wenzel, standing, and Margaret Fletcher are pictured with the 1941 John Deere Model B tractor Fletcher drives in the county fair's daily tractor parades. Fletcher's father bought the tractor from Wenzel's father when the two men worked adjoining farms in Rich Valley.

From farm to fair

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Bernice Wenzel and Margaret Fletcher have been having fun together for as long as either of them can remember.

The pair grew up on adjoining farms in Rich Valley, and their fathers were good friends who served together on the school board in what was then District 20. Wenzel and Fletcher played together. They showed animals at the Dakota County Fair together as members of the Happy Go Getters 4-H club. They might even have gotten in a little trouble together.

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