One of my favorite stories — ever — at MPR was this masterpiece from Dan Gunderson back in 2001 about a group of people who square-danced with tractors.
This zany dance troupe is Bill France’s brainchild. An avid square dance caller for years, he convinced the local antique-tractor club to try dancing, and using blocks of wood on his kitchen table. He worked out the logistics of adapting square-dance moves to tractors.
There is one small concession. France took out all the dance moves that require dancers to back up, because it takes too long to shift the antique tractor transmissions. Seems the designers didn’t have dance moves in mind.
Apparently, it’s a dying art form. The Associated Press (via the Worthington Daily Globe – reg. possibly required) has announced the end of the Farmall Promenade Square Dancing Tractors.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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