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Early threshing technology still took a lot of manpower. In addition to the threshing machine, farmers needed a steam engine to power the machine and a water tank and fuel to produce steam, which took about 10 laborers. Photo courtesy of the Stevens County Historical Society

Agricultural evolutions in Stevens County

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MORRIS – In 1920, Stevens County was home to nearly 9,800 people and more than 10,000 horses.

Although the first documented farmers in the area originally used oxen, horses quickly replaced them in the community, reaching a peak in the 1920s before the invention of the tractor shifted farming technology yet again.


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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing.