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RDO Equipment Co. Announces a New Vermeer Store in Eugene, Oregon

RDO Equipment Co. announces the company is opening a new Vermeer location in Eugene, Oregon. The new store is located at 4108 W. 11th Ave, Eugene, Ore. and provides Vermeer parts, sales and service. The new location complements the current RDO-Vermeer location in Portland, Ore.

The new 7000 square feet store opens April 1, 2013.

“The new location in Eugene will bridge the gap between...

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Hazen Hosts Safety Day

Hazen Hosts Safety Day
The Hazen store held its 2nd annual First Grader Safety Day on February 22.  They had more than 100 first graders participate in four safety stations consisting of: 911, Blind Spot, PTO, and Animal Safety.

Through the combined efforts of the staff at Hazen, Wanda Schneider, Washburn Office Administrator, Mercer County 911, NDSU Extension Service, FFA and the...

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Several Western ND Locations Donate to Dunn County High Plains Cultural Center

Several Western ND Locations Donate to Dunn County High Plains Cultural Center

Several locations in Western North Dakota – including Bismarck, Dickinson, Hazen, Washburn, and the RDO Truck Center – presented a donation to the High Plains Cultural Center.

Dunn County is in the process of fundraising to build a regional multi-use complex for cultural, education, training, and social...

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Access Your Future Student Receives Co-op Student Intern of the Year Award

Access Your Future Student Receives Co-op Student Intern of the Year Award

Rob Hutchinson is currently employed with RDO Integrated Controls (RDOIC) as an Access Your Future student at the Billings location. He currently attends Montana State University Billings and was selected as one of their Co-op Student Intern of the Year. Rob was presented with his award at a banquet on March 13....

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San Antonio Team Participates BBQ Cook-off

San Antonio Team Participates BBQ Cook-off

San Antonio Team Participates BBQ Cook-off

In late January, San Antonio team members participated in the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo BBQ Cook-off. All proceeds from the cook-off benefit the San Antonio Livestock Exposition scholarship fund.

Competing against 292 other teams – the San Antonio group placed 8th in the bean category. Cook-off team members included: Sales...

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Nick Kallhoff Named Aberdeen Parts Manager

Nick Kallhoff Named Aberdeen Parts Manager

Nick Kallhoff Named Aberdeen Parts Manager

Nick Kallhoff has been named Parts Manager in Aberdeen. Nick joined the company roughly one year ago as the Ag Service Advisor. Nick grew up on a family farm in Nebraska and spent several years working at a dealership in both Parts and Service roles. After leaving the dealership, he gained more than 10 years in retail and leadership roles.
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Prescott Team Members Present John Deere Service Advisor Remote to Local College Students

Prescott Team Members Present John Deere Service Advisor Remote to Local College Students

Prescott Team Members Present John Deere Service Advisor Remote to Local College Students

Fourteen students from Yavapai Technical College’s diesel engine class visited the Prescott store in mid-February to learn more about John Deere’s Service Advisor Remote.

The demonstration by Josh Watkins, Service Technician, and Joe Haas, Shop Foreman, focused on the diagnostic capabilities of...

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Aberdeen Hosts Event to Celebrate Three Employees’ Years of Service; Ron and Christi Offutt Featured

Aberdeen Hosts Event to Celebrate Three Employees’ Years of Service; Ron and Christi Offutt Featured Speakers at NSU

The Aberdeen store had a busy day on February 19. Ron Offutt and Christi Offutt were in town to help three employees celebrate a combined 115 years of service and were also the featured speakers at Northern State University (NSU), located in Aberdeen.

Roughly 150...

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Moorhead Hosts Customer Appreciation Event

Moorhead Hosts Customer Appreciation Event

Moorhead Hosts Customer Appreciation Event

On February 21, the Moorhead store hosted a Customer Appreciation Event, letting customers know how valued their business is.

The event was held in the shop, with new equipment on display so customers could walk around and ask questions. Nearly 300 customers were served a nice meal and also had the chance to win door prizes.

“This event...

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March 24, 2013  |  Category: Events

RDOIC Team Members Featured in American Surveyor Magazine Feature Article

RDOIC Team Members Featured in American Surveyor Magazine Feature Article

RDO Integrated Controls team members are known for being on the cutting edge of technology in their industry – but did you know that knowledge transfers to the classroom as well?

Nikolas Smilovsky, Product Specialist for RDOIC in Phoenix, is also an Associate Professor at Arizona State University. He is currently...

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Access Your Future Student Receives Scholarship

Access Your Future Student Receives Scholarship

Lucas Keller was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association (NDIDA).

He will begin the John Deere Ag Tech program at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton this fall and will formally start the Access Your Future program. He currently works part-time at the Moorhead store and will...

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Jeff Sobrero Named Sales Manager for Northern California Vermeer

Jeff Sobrero Named Sales Manager for Northern California Vermeer

Jeff Sobrero Named Sales Manager for Northern California Vermeer

Jeff Sobrero has been named the Sales Manager for Northern California Vermeer.  In his new position, he will be responsible for all Vermeer Sales Department personnel and operations in Northern California which includes the Fowler, Livermore, and Sacramento stores. 

Most recently, Jeff served as an Underground Account...

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RDO Integrated Controls Announces Acquisition of Topcon Survey Contract from Mathison’s Inc.

RDO Equipment Co.’s positioning division, RDO Integrated Controls (RDOIC), announces the acquisition of the Topcon Survey Contract for the state of South Dakota from Mathison’s Co. Inc.

RDOIC will also assume the responsibility for providing construction supplies such as lathe, hubs, paint, and staking equipment for RDO Equipment Co. construction stores across the states of Minnesota,...

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RDO Integrated Controls Partners with Maptek to Sell I-Site Long Range Laser Scanner

RDO Integrated Controls Partners with Maptek to Sell I-Site Long Range Laser Scanner

RDO Integrated Controls partners with Maptek to sell I-Site long range laser scanners

Maptek, leading provider of laser scanning technology and software to the mining industry, has signed an agreement with RDO Integrated Controls (RDOIC) to resell Maptek I-Site survey systems.

RDOIC is RDO Equipment Co.’s positioning technology division, supplying equipment for mobile mapping and...

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RDO-Vermeer Team Attends Vermeer Dealer Year End Meeting; MN/ND Team Wins Pinnacle Award

RDO-Vermeer Team Attends Vermeer Dealer Year End Meeting; MN/ND Team Wins Pinnacle Award

The RDO-Vermeer team recently attended the Vermeer dealer year end meeting hosted by Vermeer Corporation in early January, held in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. This year is Vermeer Corporations 65th anniversary.

FY12 was a great year for the team and it was recognized at the banquet and awards...

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RDO Equipment Co. Announces Mark Kreps Named Vice President of Sales - Agriculture

FARGO, N.D. – RDO Equipment Co. has named Mark Kreps Vice President of Sales – Agriculture. Kreps will be responsible for overall sales strategy and execution across the company’s agriculture division. In addition, he will continue his leadership over the Core Accounts team, which works with large customers in RDO Equipment Co.’s agriculture regions.

Kreps has nearly 30 years of sales...

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RDO Equipment Co. Announces Matt Daniell Named Fort Worth General Manager

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Matt Daniell has been named general manager of Fort Worth and he brings more than 15 years of experience with RDO Equipment Co. to his new role. Matt has served in several service and management positions including service dispatcher, Fort Worth service manager, and most recently, regional aftermarket manager for the Texas region.

Daryl Shelton, RDO Equipment Co. Vice...

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Bluebird Gardens CSA Thrives with Fergus Falls Partnership

Bluebird Gardens CSA Thrives with Fergus Falls Partnership

Bluebird Gardens CSA Thrives with Fergus Falls Partnership

Today’s consumer wants to know where food comes from before it hits the table and participating in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), is an easy method to do so. In a traditional CSA model, a farmer sells a number of shares to the public, with each share providing the participant a box of vegetables and seasonal produce each...

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Watsonville Donates to Local Food Bank

Watsonville Donates to Local Food Bank

Watsonville Donates to Local Food Bank

The Watsonville team donated $960 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County. These funds were raised at the Farmer’s Dinner the store sponsored. The dinner occurs once a month and is sponsored by a different business each time. The proceeds of the dinner go to the host’s charity of choice.

In addition to donating the funds from the...

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Grand Forks Hosts the Great Cookie Baking Contest

Grand Forks Hosts the Great Cookie Baking Contest

The team members in Grand Forks competed in a recent event at their store: The Great Cookie Baking Contest. Employees were encouraged to bring in homemade cookies to be judged and voted on. There were several varieties of cookies that employees (and some customers) were given the chance to taste and then vote on their favorite. Special...

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Southern California RDO-Vermeer Stores Donate Equipment to College

Southern California RDO-Vermeer Stores Donate Equipment to College

Southern California RDO-Vermeer Stores Donate Equipment to College
The Southern California RDO-Vermeer stores recently donated the use of a BC900XL to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. They used the machine to clean the grounds at the farm. RDO-Vermeer has a great relationship with this school. Every semester, students visit the Fontana store to learn about equipment operation and...

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Denver Silha Named Regional Sales Manager - Agriculture in Bismarck

Denver Silha Named Regional Sales Manager - Agriculture in Bismarck

Denver Silha has been named Regional Sales Manager – Agriculture. Denver will be responsible for overseeing the agriculture sales functions in Bismarck, N.D.

Silha has worked at RDO Equipment Co. for more than 10 years as an agriculture account manager.

“Denver brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role. He’s a...

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Tucson Customer Featured in John Deere Publication

Tucson Customer Featured in John Deere Publication

Tucson Customer Featured in John Deere Publication

R W Strunk Excavating, a customer of our Tucson store, was featured in the fall issue of RDO Review (RDO Equipment Co. customizes three separate pages in each issue of John Deere’s D-Mag, but is not in charge of overall content).

Tucson team members drove to a jobsite of R W Strunk Excavating and presented them with a framed copy of...

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Austin Store Receives Environmental Stewardship Award

Austin Store Receives Environmental Stewardship Award

Austin Store Receives Environmental Stewardship Award

Energy Solutions of Texas awarded the Austin store with its Environmental Stewardship Award. Energy Solutions of Texas (ESoT) provides products and services to commercial, industrial, and public institutions. Their products reduce operating expenses and improve facility appearance, safety, and functionality.

After meeting with...

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Washburn Hosts 4th Annual Safety Day

Washburn Hosts 4th Annual Safety Day

Washburn Hosts 4th Annual Safety Day

The Washburn store held their 4th Annual Safety Day for area first graders on January 23, 2013. Close to 100 children went through the program this year from Washburn, Turtle Lake, Center, and Underwood schools. The event features several “stations” set up throughout the store to teach the young students about multiple types of safety.

Owen...

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Chad Richter Named Store Manager in Washburn

Chad Richter Named Store Manager in Washburn

Chad Richter has been named store manager at the Washburn location. Chad was most recently employed at Butler Machinery Co. in Minot as an agriculture sales professional and has several years of experience in the dealership industry.

“We are fortunate to have Chad join our team in Western North Dakota,” said Dwight Bleth, Regional General...

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RDO Equipment Co. Announces Management Promotions and Leadership Realignment

RDO Equipment Co. announces a number of promotions and a realignment of responsibility on the leadership team. 

The following promotions are announced: Chris Cooper, Keith Kreps, Ryan Offutt, and Jean Zimmerman have been promoted to Executive Vice President; Steve Connelly has been promoted to Vice President of Midwest Agriculture; Davin Peterson has been promoted to Vice President of...

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Billings Hosts Annual Customer Appreciation Event

Billings Hosts Annual Customer Appreciation Event

The Billings store hosted their annual Customer Appreciation event on January 16. The store underwent an expansion which was completed this fall. The store expanded their showroom space to accommodate a showroom for RDOIC (they can now display more survey and GPS equipment) and service center. A total of 4,000 square feet was added.
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February 3, 2013  |  Category: Events
Fort Worth and Irving Donate to Toys for Tots and Participate in Toy Run

Fort Worth and Irving Donate to Toys for Tots and Participate in Toy Run

Fort Worth and Irving Donate to Toys for Tots and Participate in Toy Run

As a way to give back during the holiday season, the Fort Worth and Irving stores collected toys for the Toys for Tots program. In addition to the toy drive, the stores each donated $500 and team members participated in the annual Toy Run, a motorcycle event.

Thanks to a friendly competition between the two...

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Employees Receive Top Contributor at NDIDA Leadership Seminar

Employees Receive Top Contributor at NDIDA Leadership Seminar

Ryan Hanson, Aberdeen Account Manager, and Mitch Strehlow, Moorhead Service Advisor, received Top Contributor at “Mastering Leadership Skills – I Seminar.” This course is sponsored by the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association (NDIDA).

This course is a series of six monthly two-day sessions and gives a comprehensive...

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Phoenix Donates to Children’s Burn Unit

Phoenix Donates to Children’s Burn Unit

Phoenix Donates to Children’s Burn Unit

In December, the Phoenix team made their annual donation to the Children’s Burn Unit at the Maricopa Medical Center. This year’s donation included two John Deere wagons, several toys, CD players, and portable DVD players. The Unit was looking for items to help improve the quality of care and comfort for their patients.

About five years ago, a...

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Ron Anderson Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Ron Anderson Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Regional Sales Manager Ron Anderson celebrates 30 Years of Service this month. Ron oversees sales functions for the Hermiston, Pendleton, and Wasco stores.

Ron started his career at RDO Equipment Co. as a Service Technician and transitioned into sales in the late 1980’s. He became the Regional Sales Manager in 2010.

Ron commented, “I am...

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Riverside Employees Volunteer at Fight For Air Event

Riverside Employees Volunteer at Fight For Air Event

Riverside Employees Volunteer at Fight For Air Event

Riverside team members Jimmy Van Vleet, Parts Support Specialist; Andrea Collins, Sales Coordinator; and Jeff Jones, Sales Professional, volunteered for Fight For Air Walk. It’s an event hosted by the American Lung Association. The walk was a 5K and held at Fairmont Park in Riverside.

As volunteers, they assisted with setting up the...

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CPO Team Supports ND National Guard

CPO Team Supports ND National Guard

CPO Team Supports ND National Guard
The Central Parts Ordering (CPO) team continued their volunteer work for the ND National Guard (NDNG) Service Center this holiday season by picking up toys donated by customers who shop at Bismarck’s two Dollar Tree locations. For two months, the CPO Team members would go to Dollar Tree several times each week and collect the donated toys and store...

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CRC Donates Gas Gift Cards to Ronald McDonald House

CRC Donates Gas Gift Cards to Ronald McDonald House

CRC Donates Gas Gift Cards to Ronald McDonald House

In the spirit of Christmas, the Field Support Office’s Community Responsibility Community (CRC) wanted to donate one $50 gas gift card to each family staying at the Fargo Ronald McDonald Houses over the holidays. Between the two Ronald McDonald houses in Fargo there are 12 rooms. 

A local gas station in Fargo, Stop N Go, was contacted...

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Bob Schmidt Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Bob Schmidt Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Bob Schmidt Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Bob Schmidt, Used Equipment Manager in Texas, celebrates 35 years of service in January. The Irving store presented him with a cake last week.

Bob started his career as a Sales Professional in Western North Dakota, selling John Deere construction equipment in 1978. He served in management positions in both Grand Forks and Fargo, and in 1985,...

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“Caps for Cans” Big Success for Several Construction Stores

“Caps for Cans” Big Success for Several Construction Stores

“Caps for Cans” Big Success for Several Construction Stores

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, many RDO Equipment Co. construction locations conducted a food drive called “Caps for Cans.” The concept was simple – a customer receives a special RDO Equipment Co. cap for every four items donated to the food drive. This idea started in Bozeman, MT where team members there...

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NDSCS and RDO Integrated Controls Announce Partnership

NDSCS and RDO Integrated Controls Announce Partnership

North Dakota State College of Science and RDO Integrated Controls, RDO Equipment Co.’s positioning division, announced a new partnership agreement that will provide land surveying and civil engineering technology students the opportunity to learn on state-of-the-art industry equipment valued at $225,000.

RDO Integrated Controls will provide the College with the latest field equipment to...

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Webster Employees Donate Non-perishable Food Items to Local Charity

After seeing the article in Webster’s local newspaper that the Webster charity, Needs Anonymous, was in need of canned goods and other non-perishable food items, the Webster store knew they needed to act. Needs Anonymous provides clothing and food for people in emergency situations.

Webster employees personally donated food items that filled a John Deere loader bucket. “We feel...

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Billings Store Dazzles in Holiday Parade

The Billings Holiday Parade is a staple in the community, and this year marked its 28th annual parade. This was the first year RDO Equipment Co. in Billings participated. They were among 100 other entries, and it’s estimated the parade crowd neared 10,000.

The Billings store’s entry included an RDO Equipment Co. pickup pulling a Towmaster T16 with a John Deere 35D Mini Excavator. RDO...

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Organizational Development Team Rings Bells for Salvation Army

Organizational Development team members, consisting of Employee Relations, Learning and Development, Payroll and Benefits, and Marketing and Communications, recently rang bells for the Salvation Army.

Each year, the Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors and the homeless, in...

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Sunnyside Wins First Place in Lighted Implement Parade

More than 20,000 lights and miles of wrapping paper and tinsel were used on Sunnyside’s parade entry in the city’s Lighted Implement Parade. This year, they entered a 7750 Forage Harvester pulling a trailer that was decorated like a sleigh and three gators. Not only did employees and their family members decorate all the equipment, but they also dressed up in character and rode in the...

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Indio Gives Back to Local Elementary School

It is a well-known fact that teachers often spend their own money to provide for some of the supplies needed in their classrooms. With this in mind, the Indio team put together a supply drive to help with the extra needed supplies during the Thanksgiving season. This was the store’s first year with this supply drive and they intend to make it an annual event with a new school from the...

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Austin Wraps Presents for Local Charity

Austin Wraps Presents for Local Charity

The Austin store volunteered with a new organization this holiday season. They gave their time to Brown Santa, an organization in their community that provides assistance to families in the community. Donations made to Brown Santa purchase toys, books, and other items needed to make Christmas brighter for families in need.

After an Austin employee’s idea to get involved in the community...

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RDO Integrated Controls Recognized by Topcon Positioning Systems for Top Dealer Performance

RDO Integrated Controls Recognized by Topcon Positioning Systems for Top Dealer Performance

The RDO Integrated Controls team received three awards at the annual sales meeting hosted by Topcon Positioning Systems the week of October 22-26th in San Antonio, Texas.  The Northern team was recognized as one of the Top 5 in the United States and Canada, and both the Southern and Northern teams were recognized as two of the Top Ten Dealers by Volume. The awards are based on Topcon’s...

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November 19, 2012  |  Category: Events
John Deere Introduces Mobile Farm Manager Application

John Deere Introduces Mobile Farm Manager Application

OLATHE, Kansas (November 19, 2012) – To help give producers easier access to important farm and field information through their mobile device, John Deere introduces John Deere Mobile Farm Manager. The application, which can be downloaded free from the Apple™ Store, is compatible with iPad™ and iPhone™ mobile devices and connects to customers' Apex farm management software.

Tyler Hogrefe,...

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Field Support Office Hosts 13th Annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity

Field Support Office Hosts 13th Annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity

On October 25, 2012, Fargo/Moorhead area R.D. Offutt Company and RDO Equipment Co. team members hosted the 13th annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity, benefitting Special Olympics North Dakota. The event was a huge success, serving more than 2,550 guests during the two hour luncheon, and resulting in $47,340 raised for the benefitting charity.

Guests were served a one Pound-tato (a...

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Sunnyside Team Spends Halloween Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity

Members of the Sunnyside team spent their Halloween not giving out candy – but giving back to their community.

Roughly a dozen employees donated their time by working on a Habitat for Humanity house in Sunnyside. They spent many hours installing floors and cabinets. The house will be done very soon for a benefitting family. The house is being built by a team, so the efforts of the...

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Hermiston Team Volunteers for Festival of Lights

Hermiston Team Volunteers for Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is a holiday tradition for many families in the Hermiston region. The event is held on the Umatilla County Fairgrounds with hundreds of lighted trees and displays. The community can view the trees through December 24. Each year, the Festival of Lights receives roughly 5,000 attendees.

RDO Equipment Co. donated 100 trees for this year’s event. “This is the 10th...

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Casselton Hosts Customer Appreciation Dinner

Casselton Hosts Customer Appreciation Dinner

The Casselton store held a steak dinner to show appreciation for its customers. Invitations were hand delivered to the customers, and more than 150 people attended the event. 

Store Manager Nic Miller said, “The event was a huge success and people really enjoyed having a quality meal. It was a great way to show our appreciation to our customers and their families and at the same time...

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November 14, 2012  |  Category: Events

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