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What It Means to Be a Farm Rescuer

What It Means to Be a Farm Rescuer

“I wanted to be the Good Samaritan, driving around in a John Deere tractor, helping farmers who looked like they were having a tough time.”

With a laugh, that’s exactly how Bill Gross describes the desire and driving force that led him to create Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to farming families experiencing unexpected crises.

Building on Bill’s vision...

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RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company Employees Hold Pajama Drive for Project Ignite Light

RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company Employees Hold Pajama Drive for Project Ignite Light

Team members at RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company in Fargo and Moorhead combined efforts to donate nearly 125 pairs of pajamas to Project Ignite Light, a North Dakota-based organization that provides important items to children who are at local advocacy centers and hospitals due to suspected abuse or neglect.

The goal of Project Ignite Light is to equip each child who enters an...

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Rapid City Offers Helping Hands

Rapid City Offers Helping Hands

In October, the Cottonwood Fire blazed through the surrounding communities of Rapid City and left a path of destruction. For most, the fire caused significant damage of lost acreage, facilities, cropland, and more. As the communities begin to clean up, the Rapid City team became a part of those efforts, assisting with repairing a customer’s fenceline.

“For anyone who has ever done...

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Team Member Gives Time to Farm Rescue

Team Member Gives Time to Farm Rescue

Glen Haekenkamp, Central Parts Manager, is a true Champion of Farm Rescue and the philanthropy that drives volunteers to help others in times of need.

Glen has transported machinery to and from different cases, promoted Farm Rescue awareness at local trade shows and celebrations, picked up and delivered employees and volunteers across three states, and acted as a true role model for...

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Hayward Team Clears Trees at Local Park

Hayward Team Clears Trees at Local Park

Team members from the RDO-Vermeer Hayward location helped East Bay Regional Park District Rangers clear trees along the road at Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton California.

Those who gave their time included CSA Frank Gouveia; Office Administrator Erin List; Regional Sales Coordinator Diane Johnson; and Service Technician Richard Snyder.

Team members worked alongside the Rangers...

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RDO Management Institute Volunteers at Park Rapids Park

RDO Management Institute Volunteers at Park Rapids Park

The RDO Management Institute is a 30-month program that allows managers to participate in quality learning solutions designed to give them the knowledge, capacity, and experience necessary for management excellence in their current role and greater responsibility in the future. The Management Institute began in 2010 and two groups have graduated since that time (Management Institute I and...

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Building Vibrant and Prosperous Communities – One Application at a Time

Building Vibrant and Prosperous Communities – One Application at a Time

In July of 2015, RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company launched a unique initiative designed to support charitable organizations its employees work with. Since then the Community Builder Program has been positively impacting local organizations, awarding meaningful and transformative grants to the benefiting charities.

But the Community Builder impact goes far beyond dollars donated....

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Brawley Team Claims First Place Honors at Chili Cook Off

Brawley Team Claims First Place Honors at Chili Cook Off

Every year, the Brawley community celebrates the Cattle Call – a week of festivities sponsored by the Brawley Chamber of Commerce. One of these festivities is the Chili Cook Off and for the first time, the RDO Water team decided to enter.

The contest had two components – the obvious, very important chili tasting portion – but also a booth display.

The Brawley team (with some help from...

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Burnsville – CE Team Participate in 4th Annual Day of the Dozers Event

Burnsville – CE Team Participate in 4th Annual Day of the Dozers Event

In late September, the Burnsville team participated in the 4th annual Day of the Dozers event. Each year, this event aims to raise money for Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota while giving young children an awareness of the construction industry.

This event gives children of all ages an opportunity to get in the seat of large construction equipment and go for a ride with a professional...

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Hayward Participates in California Coastal Cleanup Day

Hayward Participates in California Coastal Cleanup Day

Employees from the RDO Vermeer Hayward location participated in the 32nd annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. This annual event has volunteers clean the shoreline from Mexico to the Oregon border, beaches, inland waterways, and around the San Francisco bay to as far inland as Lake Tahoe.

This year, the team volunteered at Poplar beach in Half Moon Bay, which is just south of San...

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Portland’s Community Involvement

Getting involved in the community comes second nature to the Portland team. They have two recent examples to share.

Clark County Food Bank Gleaning Program
“Gleaning” is when a crew of volunteers harvest unmarketable or extra produce at a local farm or helps out a community member in their efforts to grow food for the food bank.

The Clark County Food Bank gleaning program began in...

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Touch a Truck Event Puts Lakeside Youth in the Driver’s Seat

Touch a Truck Event Puts Lakeside Youth in the Driver’s Seat

Four employees represented the Lakeside store at the San Diego-area Touch a Truck event held in September. This family-friendly event gives everyone who attends the opportunity to experience what it’s like to sit in the driver’s seat of heavy equipment. The event is set up like a carnival with games, foods, and more than 40 vehicles/pieces of equipment to explore. For this year’s event,...

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RDO Equipment Co. Supports World’s Largest Truck Convoy 2016

North Dakota may be known as being home to the world’s largest Holstein (Salem Sue in New Salem) and the world’s largest buffalo (in Jamestown), but it’s also home to the world’s largest truck convoy, organized by Special Olympics North Dakota.

RDO Equipment Co. once again supported this event by having a semi-truck in the convoy. Glen Haekenkamp, Central Parts Manager drove the semi.

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Kalispell and Missoula Teams Spend Summer Supporting County Fairs

Kalispell and Missoula Teams Spend Summer Supporting County Fairs

In many communities, summer is marked by a county fair. Throughout the summer, Kalispell and Missoula teams supported eight different county fairs in western Montana through equipment donations and 4-H program support.

Those fairs included:
• Western Montana Fair – Missoula, MT
• NorthWest Montana Fair – Kalispell, MT
• Mineral County Fair – Superior, MT
• Lake County Fair – Ronan,...

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Indio Hosts Coachella Valley Agriculture Event

Indio Hosts Coachella Valley Agriculture Event

In late August, the Indio store hosted individuals from the Coachella Valley Women of Agriculture (CVWAG) along with the Coachella Valley and Indio FFA groups at an event focused on bringing awareness and support to agriculture and local youth programs.

Several notable guests were in attendance, including California State Senator Jeff Stone and California Congressman Eduardo Ruiz. Also...

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FSO Community Responsibility Committee “Adopts the Red”

FSO Community Responsibility Committee “Adopts the Red”

The Community Responsibility Committee (CRC), composed of team members from the Field Support Office, is supporting the organization River Keepers by “Adopting the Red” – a five year commitment to keep the public spaces along the Red River clean. FSO team members are responsible for a small section.

A group of employees from Customer Support, Central Parts, Parts Support Center, and the...

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Fontana, Rancho Dominguez, Riverside Partner to Support Food Bank

Fontana, Rancho Dominguez, Riverside Partner to Support Food Bank

One attribute that sets RDO Equipment Co. apart from others is an ability to quickly adapt and react to the needs of customers and communities.

In August, a Fontana team member discovered a story in their local paper that stated how Feeding America in Riverside/San Bernardino was in urgent need of donations.

The Feeding America food bank covers a wide geography, but the Riverside,...

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Antique Tractor Event in Breckenridge, MN

Antique Tractor Event in Breckenridge, MN

This summer, the Breckenridge, MN team held an Antique Tractor Event.

This unique community event encouraged customers and community members to bring in their antique tractors and other pieces of equipment. The store received a total of 43 entries, including tractors of all sizes (and colors!), implements, and even a John Deere 45 EB combine. The antiques were on display for a few days...

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Farm Rescue Helps 400th Family – RDO Equipment Co. Casselton Customer

Farm Rescue Helps 400th Family – RDO Equipment Co. Casselton Customer

There are certain people in the world who are always willing to lend a hand; drop whatever they’re doing to help others in need. Tim McLean is one of those people.

As fire chief of the volunteer fire department in Casselton, ND, Tim has been one of the first responders in numerous emergency situations. Even if it means stepping away from a busy day running his farm, Tim makes it a...

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Arlanza Community Garden Improvements

Arlanza Community Garden Improvements

Arlanza Community Garden Improvements
The Arlanza Community Garden is located on the site of an old WWII-era fire station that was demolished and left vacant until 10 years ago when the garden was built. The site fell into disrepair until youth groups from the local community banded together to create a “safe space for community building, health and social change” in the troubled...

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Day of Play Events Held in Aberdeen, Casselton, and Moorhead

Day of Play Events Held in Aberdeen, Casselton, and Moorhead

Day of Play Events Held in Aberdeen, Casselton, and Moorhead

Three Midwest Ag stores held John Deere Day of Play events over the past few months. While each event was unique, they all shared the same mission – provide a fun-filled day for the whole family.

Aberdeen
Roughly 450 people attended Aberdeen’s Day of Play event and they raised $375 for the local Boys & Girls Club of...

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Lakeside Supports Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair

Lakeside Supports Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair

The Lakeside team donated several machines to help with loading straw and shavings, and assist with cleanup at this year’s Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair. The event was held in late May at the Lakeside fairgrounds.

This fair is a non-profit organization that benefits local agricultural students and their work with project animals.

The Lakeside team received great visibility...

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RDO – Vermeer Team Members Support Dozer Day Event

A community staple, Dozer Day was held in late May, and the RDO-Vermeer teams in Eugene and Portland once again jumped at the chance to be involved.

Dozer Day is like going to a fair, only the rides are heavy construction equipment. Kids hop in the driver’s seat and actually drive dozers, dump trucks, and other pieces of heavy equipment, with a professional operator at their side. The...

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Forklift Donation Helps Cal Poly Raise Scholarship Funds

Forklift Donation Helps Cal Poly Raise Scholarship Funds

In late April, RDO Equipment Co. in Salinas, and RDO Water in Salinas and Santa Maria partnered to help sponsor the Cal Poly Open House Truck and Tractor Pull.

The Tractor Pull Club organizes the tractor pull each year as a part of the campus’ Open House event at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. It takes the club two weeks to set up for the event.

The RDO team donated the use of two Harlo...

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Bozeman Team Members Get Involved in Community Project

Bozeman team members Ryan Schlicting, Territory Manager, and Kenny Kroschel, Lead Technician, are active Kiwanis members.

Every year, the Bozeman Kiwanis club organizes a Sandbox project. They construct and distribute simple sandboxes and sand to community members, free of charge.

Kenny utilized his Community Time to run the excavator and assist the project. Ryan also helped onsite...

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Bismarck Part of First Ever Touch a Truck Community Event

Bismarck Part of First Ever Touch a Truck Community Event

The Bismarck store was a part of the first annual Touch a Truck event in Mandan, ND on May 21.

The store had several volunteers that got the equipment onsite or worked the event and answered the many questions from the kids.

They brought a John Deere 624K loader and 8310R tractor to the event, bringing a nice balance of green and yellow to the streets of downtown Mandan.

Bismarck...

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2nd Annual RDO Charity Fun Run

2nd Annual RDO Charity Fun Run

On June 18, RDO team members and guests traveled 200 miles throughout the Minnesota lakes country during the 2nd annual RDO Charity Fun Run. Thirteen motorcycles, 12 cars, and 35 people participated in the event, even with the bad weather around the group.

They were forced to make a few minor changes to the route to keep everyone dry and luckily only had one brief rain shower they had to...

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Lakeside Continues Partnership with ECSA

Lakeside Continues Partnership with ECSA

For several years, the Lakeside store has been involved with the El Capitan Stadium Association (ECSA) and the largest event they organize each year is the Lakeside Rodeo.

ECSA is a non-profit organization, staffed entirely by volunteers to benefit the youth of Lakeside. ECSA funds academic programs, athletic activities and site improvements for both the Lakeside Unified School Districts...

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Fontana Hosts College Students

Fontana Hosts College Students

Students and instructors from Mt. San Antonio College (located in Walnut, California), recently visited the Fontana store. The store has developed a strong relationship with the college throughout the years and hosts a visit each year.

The store had several demonstrations of equipment available. Fontana team members Rick Shepherd, CSA; Rigo Leon III, Service Technician; Alex Santiago,...

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Flagstaff Participates in Local Forestry Event

Flagstaff Participates in Local Forestry Event

The Harvesting Methods & Wildfire Preparedness Open House was a recent event held in Flagstaff that the RDO Equipment Co. store took part in. The event served as an opportunity for the community to learn about the various harvesting methods and measures taken by professionals to reduce the risk of severe wildfires.

Five Flagstaff team members and their families attended the event and...

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Team Volunteers at Fargo Ronald McDonald House

Team Volunteers at Fargo Ronald McDonald House

The Central Parts Ordering team, based at the FSO-Moorhead, took an afternoon to utilize Community Time and volunteer at the Fargo Ronald McDonald House. The time was used for outdoor spring cleanup and various cleaning tasks inside as well. The team raked the lawn, picked up sticks, debris, and leaves, and cleaned the grill outside. The inside tasks included dusting, vacuuming, washing...

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Fontana Teams Up for Arbor Day Event at San Diego Botanic Garden

Fontana Teams Up for Arbor Day Event at San Diego Botanic Garden

Fontana team members Gabe Jarvis, Account Manager, and Eric Tusler, Sales Manager, brought a Vermeer HG6000 grinder to an Arbor Day event hosted at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Seven different San Diego county tree companies were also in attendance and between all involved, nearly an acre’s worth of old green waste, dead trees, and plants that had accumulated the past several years was...

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Employees Partner with Customer to Help Washington Family Ranch

Employees Partner with Customer to Help Washington Family Ranch

Chris Stanley, Eugene Account Manager, and Ollie Windle, Portland/Eugene General Manager, donated time and RDO/Vermeer equipment to help the Washington Family Ranch near Antelope, Oregon. 

The Washington Family Ranch is a youth camp on a 100 square mile property in central Oregon.  Chris and Ollie worked alongside one of Chris’s customers, Paraclete Tree Service, trimming trees, chipping...

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Imperial Organizes Food Drive

Imperial Organizes Food Drive

Imperial team members organized a food drive for their local food bank. The store matched the amount of food donated by the team members. The total donation weighed in at 455 pounds of food when they delivered it.

The team volunteers at the local food bank monthly with their Community Time, and wanted to organize a food drive as another way to give back.

“Our team members have enjoyed...

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Midwest Ag Stores Support Riding on Angels Wings

Midwest Ag Stores Support Riding on Angels Wings

The Ada store recently had a fun visitor. 

Riding on Angels Wings is local organization that offers Equine therapy for children with special needs.

They have approximately 12 horses at their stable, where staff and interns from North Dakota State University’s Equine program care for them.

They have benefited hundreds of children in area communities since getting started in 2002. Ada,...

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Practice Makes Perfect in Potato Peeling Contest

Practice Makes Perfect in Potato Peeling Contest

By Matthew Weaver, Capital Press

Six teams of three from the Northwest potato industry competed in the second annual potato peeling contest at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash.

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Six teams turned out to compete for the title of fastest potato peelers in the Pacific Northwest.

The second annual potato peeling contest helped to build industry...

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Bismarck Delivers Meals with Meals on Wheels

Bismarck Delivers Meals with Meals on Wheels

During the months of September, November, December, and January, Bismarck team members have been assisting with meals on Wheels for area residents.

The idea came from team member Sandy Doffee, who coordinated it with their local hospital. The deliveries were set for the same time each weekday and the team would do a month at a time. Wanda Hoffert, Office Manager, commented, “It is such...

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Bloomington Team Serves Meal at Ronald McDonald House

Bloomington Team Serves Meal at Ronald McDonald House

After a long day at the hospital, families look forward to a “home-away-from home” cooked meal. The Ronald McDonald House “Cooks for Kids” meal program gives volunteer groups a special opportunity to support families with children with serious medical conditions. Groups purchase, prepare and serve a buffet-style meal of their choosing and by doing so, they give the families one less thing...

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Phoenix Donates Toys to Arizona Burn Center

Phoenix Donates Toys to Arizona Burn Center

In December, the Phoenix team conducted their annual toy drive for the Arizona Burn Center. Team members donated more than $700 worth of toys.

In addition, the sales team was able to collect $12,000 in donations from multiple customers and businesses that was also presented to the Burn Center.

The Burn Center had a need to update the shower table they use when a burn patient first...

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Community Builder Program

Community Builder Program

The unique program, launched in July 2015, is designed to support charitable organizations R.D. Offutt Company and RDO Equipment Co. team members work with, while building vibrant and prosperous communities in which we live and work.

The Community Builder program features an opportunity for team members who have a strong history and ongoing engagement with a charitable organization in...

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Redfield Team Helps Deliver for Meals on Wheels

Redfield Team Helps Deliver for Meals on Wheels

Since August 2015, the Redfield team has been delivering meals for their local senior nutrition program. One week a month, they deliver the meals to Redfield seniors. Team members who are able to deliver the meals that week take a shift.

“The senior nutrition program has told us how grateful they are for our continued help as they have...

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Pasco’s Customer Appreciation Dinner

Pasco’s Customer Appreciation Dinner

In early December, the Pasco team hosted their annual customer appreciation dinner. The event had a great turnout, with more than 400 customers in attendance.

For the second year, the store had the Kennewick FFA chapter help by greeting customers, serving food, and clearing tables.

The store organized a silent auction at the event, with all proceeds benefitting the FFA club. The...

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Williston’s Caps for Cans Drive

Williston’s Caps for Cans Drive

In December 2015, RDO Williston completed a “Caps for Cans” Drive where employees and customers were able to bring in at least four non-perishable goods and receive an RDO Equipment Co. hat in exchange.

The proceeds raised were to be donated to Salvation Army in Williston. The Williston team worked closely with the Salvation Army to arrange the fundraiser. 

The Williston store donated...

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“Caps for Cans” Big Success for Several Stores this Holiday Season

“Caps for Cans” Big Success for Several Stores this Holiday Season

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, several RDO Equipment Co. MWCE and MWAG 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 back in 2013 in Bozeman, MT and has continued ever since.

For many stores, the food drives...

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Lakeside’s Food and Toy Drives

Lakeside’s Food and Toy Drives

In November, the Lakeside team organized a food drive in their store. They delivered the food to the Fraternal Order of Eagles as part of their “People Helping Pantries” program.

“We had great participation throughout the store. Our team took great pride in reaching our goal of filling large collection boxes we had in both the main lobby and Parts Department,” commented Mike Fenton,...

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RDO Equipment Co. & R.D. Offutt Company Announce Recipients of Community Builder Program Grants

RDO Equipment Co. & R.D. Offutt Company Announce Recipients of Community Builder Program Grants

FARGO, N.D., December 21, 2015: Fargo, N.D. based companies RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company announce that five charitable organizations have been named recipients of their Community Builder grant program.

Launched in summer 2015, the companies’ Community Builder program is designed to support the charitable organizations team members work with, while building vibrant and...

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Washburn FFA Chapter Visits Store

Washburn FFA Chapter Visits Store

In late October, the Washburn store had the pleasure of their local FFA chapter visiting and touring the grounds. Store Manager Chad Richter along with Hazen Store Manager David Ripplinger took the students around into the shop area and wash bay. Both Store Managers made it a point to explain how shop safety is a very important part of the job. The next...

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Tucson Participates in Southern Arizona Construction Career Days Event

Tucson Participates in Southern Arizona Construction Career Days Event

Tucson Participates in Southern Arizona Construction Career Days Event

On November 5 and 6, the Tucson store participated in the Annual Southern Arizona Construction Career Days. More than 1,000 students attended this event from 27 high schools.

The event aims to increase students’ awareness in the construction and related industries. This helps increase and enhance job placement in...

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Burnsville – CE Gets Involved with Day of the Dozers Event

Burnsville – CE Gets Involved with Day of the Dozers Event

Burnsville – CE Gets Involved with Day of the Dozers Event

In early October, the Burnsville – CE store participated in the third annual Day of the Dozers. This event raises money for the Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota and gives young children an awareness of the construction industry. Scott Weness, Sales Manager, served on the planning committee for the event.

Attendees of all ages...

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Community Time Spent Cleaning Up California Wetlands

Community Time Spent Cleaning Up California Wetlands

Community Time Spent Cleaning Up California Wetlands

A total of 31 Community Time hours were spent cleaning up one of California’s few remaining wetlands. Six members of the Rancho Dominguez and Fontana stores volunteered to assist at the Gardena Willows Wetlands, which is nine acres of willows that provide habitat for insects, amphibians, and more than 32 species of birds.

The request...

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Rochester Supports and Participates in Muddy Warrior Race

Rochester Supports and Participates in Muddy Warrior Race

A Rochester customer, Elcor Construction, served as the director for this year’s Muddy Warrior Race, which is put on to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Foundation and a weekend retreat they host to help our veterans. Elcor Construction reached out to the Rochester store team to consider being a corporate sponsor for the race....

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Webster Strengthens Partnership with Local FFA Chapter

Webster Strengthens Partnership with Local FFA Chapter

Webster Strengthens Partnership with Local FFA Chapter

The Webster store has been a longtime supporter of the Webster FFA program and recently, was able to show them just how much support RDO Equipment Co. can offer.

The Webster FFA is unique in a way that they actually have their own farm for the students to operate. This year the group had 40 acres of soybeans that they planted and...

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Annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity Event Raises More than $66,000

Annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity Event Raises More than $66,000

Annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity Event Raises More than $66,000
2015 Proceeds Benefit Taylor Made Living of the Anne Carlsen Center

RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company held their annual event, RDO Caters Taters for Charity in Fargo on November 5, 2015 at the Baymont Inn & Suites. The potato luncheon and raffle served roughly 2,700 potatoes through both dine in and take out and...

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Ron Offutt Inducted into the Junior Achievement Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame

Ron Offutt Inducted into the Junior Achievement Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame

Ron Offutt Inducted into the Junior Achievement Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame

On September 24, Ron Offutt, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, was among six leaders inducted into the 2015 Junior Achievement Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame. Inductees were selected for their excellence in business and philanthropy, and for their significant contributions to their communities. Their...

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Moorhead Store Partners with John Deere Electronic Solutions to Give Back to Food Bank

John Deere Electronic Solutions, based in Fargo, ND, is a branch of John Deere that provides innovative technologies and engineering design capabilities, in addition to extensive manufacturing. They are responsible for many of the electronic components found in all John Deere equipment.

Over the past several years, RDO Equipment Co. has partnered with JDES and provided equipment at their...

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Phoenix Donates to Local School in Need

The Children’s First Academy, located near the Phoenix store, is a school that teaches children ages kindergarten through high school. They have roughly 350 students who live below the poverty level, and the vast majority of the students are homeless. Their buses log roughly 900 miles a day picking up and dropping off students to shelters, motels, and apartments. The school’s goal is to...

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Irving Interns Compete in National Tractor Restoration Competition

Leo Davila and Edwin Castro-Alvarado are currently interning at the Irving shop part time while they go to school at Dubiski Career High School. It is an innovative technical school for high school students that equip them with the skills they need for the 21st century professions.

Through their involvement with their school’s FFA program, Leo and Edwin and their fellow FFA’ers made it...

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Moorhead Store Continues Partnership with Fargo South High School

The Moorhead store has formed a strong relationship with the Fargo South High School’s Auto Tech program over the course of several years. Each year, the Auto Tech program sponsors an Auto Show and at this year’s event, RDO Equipment Co. had equipment on display.

The store had a 644K loader on display, as well as a John Deere Gator wrapped in gator skin. The store also arranged an 8245R...

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Aberdeen Represents RDO Equipment Co. at the South Dakota State FFA Convention

South Dakota State University was home to this year’s SD State FFA Convention. Aberdeen team members Brian Bjordal, Store Manager, and Taylor Gosch, Parts Manager, attended the opening awards ceremony and helped present Proficiency awards on behalf of John Deere for categories of Forest Management and Products; Landscape Management; and Turf Grass Management. RDO Equipment Co. was also...

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Fontana Hosts College Students

Students and instructors from Mt. San Antonio College (located in Walnut, CA), recently visited the Fontana store. The store has developed a strong relationship with the college throughout the years.
The store had several demonstrations of equipment available. Fontana team members Rick Shepherd, Rigo Leon, Tareck Karam and Colby Gergovich discussed how diagnosing equipment has progressed...

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Hawley Hosts First Grade Visitors

Hawley Hosts First Grade Visitors

For several years, the Hawley store has sponsored Mrs. Carlson’s first grade class. On May 15, the class came and toured the store. They had many questions about how tractors and combines work, and of course, each student wanted to ride in the sprayers and combines.
After the tour and some treats, the kids got their wish to ride in some equipment. Six employees gave rides to all the kids...

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Williston Kicks Off Parade Season

Williston Kicks Off Parade Season

The Williston store participated in the 85th Williston Band Day Parade on May 9. This event was very well attended by the community and the streets were lined with people.

The team handed out candy and small footballs and keychains with the RDO Equipment Co. logo on them.

“Our store’s float turned out great and I am proud that we had so many employees participate from all departments...

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Tree Climbing Seminar in Fontana Huge Success

Tree Climbing Seminar in Fontana Huge Success

The Fontana store held an Advanced Climbing Techniques seminar on April 23. More than 90 attendees represented 34 companies in six cities which was a large turnout for an event held offsite such as this.

An instructor from NATS on behalf of SherrillTree provided the demonstration and instruction portion of the seminar. The course offered 6.5 continuing education units (CEU) for ISA...

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Portland Donates to Fruit Tree Project

Portland Donates to Fruit Tree Project

The Portland team recently got involved with a unique organization called the Portland Fruit Tree Project. The project is a group of local arborists that prune/maintain fruit bearing trees in the Portland community that people are not able to take care of themselves, either due to financial constraints or physical abilities (elderly, disabled, etc.). In trade, they take the fruit and...

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Grand Forks Hosts Week-Long Job Shadow

Grand Forks Hosts Week-Long Job Shadow

Three students from Sacred Heart High School, East Grand Forks, MN, job shadowed employees at RDO Equipment Co. in Grand Forks for five consecutive mornings.  The students were exposed to our Core Values, stakeholders, culture, and Access Your Future (AYF) program in addition to spending time in the shop and the parts department.  These students were very engaged and genuinely interested...

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Sunnyside Helps Teach Kids about Ag Equipment

In late March, the Sunnyside team participated in Dozer Days. This is the same event that the Portland store participates in every year, except this is the first year a Dozer Day event has taken place in Yakima, Washington. The event featured 2,500 attendees.

The event gives kids an opportunity to drive construction and AG equipment with proceeds benefitting children-related charities....

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“Professor” Grove

Kevin Grove, Service Manager in Grand Forks, spent two days in mid-January teaching first- and second-year Auto Mechanics at Red River High School in Grand Forks. When the instructor for the class was called out for a few days, RDO Equipment Co. and another local industrial dealership were asked to fill the void. 

Kevin’s assignment was to speak about cooling systems to the second year...

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RDO Equipment Co. Donates Equipment, Time to Local Event

RDO Equipment Co. Donates Equipment, Time to Local Event

Each year, RDO Equipment Co. supplies machines and man power to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. And every year at this event, many FFA chapters from around the state participate in the AG Mechanics show that is part of the event.

These students build saddle racks, smokers, fire pits, bumper pull trailers, goose neck trailers, deer feeders, hog traps, cattle pins, and even bottom dump...

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Portland Volunteers Time and Equipment

Portland Volunteers Time and Equipment

For the 7th year in a row, the Portland store was involved at the Portland Creative Science School to chip Christmas trees. Rod Fischer, Field Service Technician, and his son volunteered to do the work.

Joanna Goebel, with the Creative Science School, told Ollie Windle, General Manager: “This year’s Treecycle was a huge success. We collected $650 in donations by “recycling” or chipping...

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Fontana Partners with Police Department’s K9 Unit for Toy Drive

Fontana Partners with Police Department’s K9 Unit for Toy Drive

Over the holiday season, the Fontana store held a toy drive and partnered with the Fontana Police Department K9 unit. The store was able to fill up a few stock boxes with toys which were then donated to the Kaiser Hospital and given to children who will be spending Christmas in the hospital, undergoing cancer treatments.|

Colby Gergovich, Regional Aftermarket Manager, added, “I was...

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Flagstaff Donates Turkeys

The Flagstaff team “hatched” a plan to help their local food bank during Thanksgiving with a donation of 10 turkeys, matched by their local grocery story. Through Thanksgiving, customers and employees were encouraged to donate a turkey
Employees were also challenged to bring in non-perishable food items for the food bank.

In total, about 20 turkeys were donated along with 50 pounds of...

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Portland Donates Bikes

Portland Donates Bikes

The Portland store donated two BMX bicycles to the Clatskanie People's Utility District for their annual Christmas gift to those in the local community that are in need. 

Account Manager Nick Frappier stated, "This was an exciting opportunity for our store to be a small part of kids in need this Holiday season.”

Pictured (left to right) is Missy Shepherd, John Elliott, Zach Ramey, Nick...

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Minot Participates in Local Radio Station’s Christmas Giving

Minot Participates in Local Radio Station’s Christmas Giving

KHRT in Minot organizes its Horn of Plenty each year to help families in need during the Christmas season. This year, the Horn of Plenty packed enough baskets for 350 families in the local community.

RDO Equipment Co. in Minot stepped up to help KHRT’s efforts. The Minot employees donated non-perishable food items and the store matched the donation. Galen Weltikol, Julie Kinn, and...

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The Amazing RTK Race

The Amazing RTK Race

In early December, 18 students of the Surveying & Civil Engineering program and Construction Management program at Dunwoody College of Technology participated in the Amazing RTK (Real-Time Kinematic surveying) Race led by instructor Kelly Ness.

Using Topcon Hiper V GPS systems provided by RDO Integrated Controls, seven teams were given 60 points to “stakeout” combined with “clues” to...

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Aberdeen wins 2014 Abby Award for Community Service

Each year the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Abby Awards. These are 10 awards that recognize a business or organization for their work in a certain area.
  
At the 2014 Abby Awards, RDO Equipment Co. was selected for Community Involvement – Business. 

Community Involvement—Business: Exceptional performance in its support of arts and culture, sports, education, voluntary...

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Hayward participates in California Coastal Cleanup Day

Hayward participates in California Coastal Cleanup Day

Employees from the Hayward store participated in the 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. During this annual event volunteers clean the shoreline from Mexico to the Oregon border including beaches, inland waterways, around the San Francisco bay and as far inland as Lake Tahoe.

Team members decided this year to volunteer at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center located at the...

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RDO Caters Taters is another Record Breaking Event

RDO Caters Taters is another Record Breaking Event

Fargo/Moorhead area R.D. Offutt Company and RDO Equipment Co. team members hosted the 15th annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity on November 6 benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village Family Service Center in Fargo. The event was a huge success, and served more than 2,790 guests during the two hour luncheon. Along with sponsorships and a raffle, the final total give to the...

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Phoenix Partners with New Charity

Phoenix Partners with New Charity

For the Phoenix store’s third quarter community involvement project, the team wanted to do something different and decided to work with an organization they had never previously worked with.

They decided to volunteer at Mary Ellen’s Place, which is part of the Veteran’s First organization. This facility is designed to help struggling or homeless veteran women and continues to stabilize...

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FSO Team Members Utilize Community Time to Give Back

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays quickly approaching, many team members are making sure they don’t miss out on utilizing their Community Time before the end of the year. Here are some examples of what some FSO teams are doing with the benefit.

Ronald McDonald House
The Employee Relations team volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley hanging Christmas...

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Sioux Falls Donates their Time for Community in Need

Sioux Falls Donates their Time for Community in Need

Canton, South Dakota suffered a horrible flood earlier this summer that affected many people in the small community. Many people were affected and had damage to their homes.

RDO Equipment Co. in Sioux Falls stepped up to help those in need. Six employees utilized their 8 hours of Community Time to help remove damaged items from basements including furniture, carpet, paneling, and more....

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Moorhead Partners with NDSCS for Safety Days

Moorhead Partners with NDSCS for Safety Days

Each year North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) hosts Safety Days, an event for students that focuses on safety associated with safe operation of equipment.

The school requests equipment from businesses in the industry so students can get hands-on operator training.

For this year’s event, the Moorhead store brought a 210LC excavator and 544K loader.

“One of the benefits of...

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Burnsville CE Participates in Day of the Dozer Charity Event

Burnsville CE Participates in Day of the Dozer Charity Event

The Burnsville CE store participated in the second annual Day of the Dozer fundraiser for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota on September 13th. Day of the Dozer was organized to give children of all ages the opportunity to get into the driver’s seat of all types of construction equipment. Through donations from equipment dealers and local contractors, there were more than 40...

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Minot’s Community Giving

Minot’s Community Giving

Individuals from the Minot store recently spent time giving back in two unique ways – by volunteering at DaySun’s Day of Giving and at Luther’s Kitchen, one of Minot’s soup kitchens.

DaySun Day of Giving
This community event is supported by several businesses throughout Minot, ND, in memory of DaySun Gross, a Minot resident. This event is a celebration of life aimed to spread awareness...

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RDO Equipment Co. in Ada Supports Local Ag Day

RDO Equipment Co. in Ada Supports Local Ag Day

Ag Day is an annual event for local high school students put on by Paul Borgen Farms, a RDO Equipment Co. customer from Ada, MN. This annual event encourages young people to understand the important details necessary for today’s farmers to continue providing quality produce. Students attend ten separate, twenty-minute sessions presented by professionals from across the agriculture...

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RDO Integrated Controls Partners with North Dakota State University Geology Students

RDO Integrated Controls Partners with North Dakota State University Geology Students

Field Geology is a capstone course for the Geology major program at North Dakota State University. In 2014, 22 students spent a week studying the geology of the Little Badlands area of western North Dakota. Their goal was to demonstrate their ability of integrating knowledge they have gained from all their undergraduate courses in interpreting the geology of a specific area. After making...

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Accepted!

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Accepted!

Throughout the month of August and September, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dominated the social media scene. If you’re unfamiliar with the challenge, here’s how it worked:
1. You are nominated (by a friend, colleague, family member, business)
2. You have two options – accept the challenge by dumping a bucket of ice water over your head and making a small donation to the ALS Association,...

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San Antonio Donates Box Fans for Seniors in Need

San Antonio Donates Box Fans for Seniors in Need

Project Cool is a city-wide initiative hosted by United Way and the City of San Antonio, in partnership with the San Antonio Fire Department, which aims to provide free box fans to seniors in need during the summer months.

While most families in Texas can usually cope with the extreme heat of the summer, seniors often struggle with high temperatures. Some seniors do not have air...

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Escondido Partners with Local Elementary School

Escondido Partners with Local Elementary School

The Escondido store completed a community service project at Cajon Park Elementary School where they set up an irrigation system for the school’s garden.

They arrived bright and early to start gluing parts, digging trenches, and installing equipment to give the garden a stable watering system. In addition to the volunteer hours of the setup, the store also donated a large amount of the...

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Tucson Donates Backpacks to Military Families

Tucson Donates Backpacks to Military Families

For the third year in a row, the Tucson store has donated backpacks and school supplies to Tucson Troop Support, a local charity that helps local military families.

This year, the store donated enough supplies to provide 32 filled backpacks to children in military families that are in need of assistance during the back to school season.

“We are truly grateful to give something back...

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Farm Rescue to Help 300th Farm Family This Fall

Farm Rescue to Help 300th Farm Family This Fall

By the end of the year, Farm Rescue will have assisted more than 300 farm families in crisis. Each of these families has experienced an illness, injury or natural disaster that prevented them from planting, haying or harvesting their crop in a timely manner. Farm Rescue stepped in and helped these families when they needed it most.

No, in this case, 300 is much more than a number – 300...

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FSO Team Volunteers for United Way

FSO Team Volunteers for United Way

The Payroll, Benefits, and Safety team supported the United Way of Cass Clay School Supply Drive by counting, sorting, and organizing supplies that will be distributed to local school-age children in need. 

“We volunteered last year for the event and everyone had a great time, so we knew it was something we wanted to do again. It supports a need in our community and we were glad to...

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Washburn Parade Makes for a Family Affair

Washburn Parade Makes for a Family Affair

The Washburn store participated in their community’s Lewis and Clark Riverboat Days Parade in June. This is always a popular event for employees to participate in, and they never seem to struggle finding willing participants to drive equipment.

This parade has become a fun event for employees and their families to spend together. This year, Josh Wooledge, Service Advisor; Neal Neukomm,...

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Sauk Rapids and Burnsville-Vermeer Employees Participate in Mended Hearts Golf Tournament

Sauk Rapids and Burnsville-Vermeer Employees Participate in Mended Hearts Golf Tournament

For the second year, Burnsville and Sauk Rapids team members participated in the Zipper Open Classic Golf Tournament for Mended Hearts (Chapter 10).

The event was held in Sartell, MN at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course. Fifteen teams participated including doctors and nurses from the Heart Center at St. Cloud Hospital as well as heart procedure survivors.
Mended Hearts is a support system...

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Pasco Participates in Annual Parade

Pasco Participates in Annual Parade

Pasco’s 26th annual Grand Old 4th of July Parade featured nearly 80 entries. RDO Equipment Co. in Pasco was awarded the sweepstakes award.

More than 20 Pasco employees and family members participated in the parade. RDO Equipment Co.’s entry featured 20 pieces of equipment including a customer’s restored John Deere 530 tractor that pulled a decorated trailer, service truck, S680 combine,...

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Phoenix Gives Back this Summer

Phoenix Gives Back this Summer

Phoenix team members coordinated two community-giving projects this summer. First, they did a school supply drive for the Children’s First Academy in Phoenix. 100 percent of students and their families at this school are at or below the poverty line and a vast majority of the students are homeless. There are approximately 350 students, grades K-9, that are educated at the school. The...

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Grand Forks Team Members Volunteer at Relay for Life

Grand Forks Team Members Volunteer at Relay for Life

On Friday, June 6, 2014, four members of the Grand Forks team spent the entire day volunteering at the Relay for Life at University Park in Grand Forks while utilizing their 8 hours of Community Time. Jeff Ness, Service Technician; Mark Salberg, Service Technician; Jared Harshman, Sales Professional; and Chris Shirek, Parts Support Specialist, helped with setup, registration, and serving...

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FSO Team Members Use Community Time at Special Olympics State Games

FSO Team Members Use Community Time at Special Olympics State Games

Each summer, the North Dakota Special Olympics State games are held in Fargo. It’s a huge 2-day event that features several athletic events and needs many volunteers to help it run smoothly.

FSO team members from both IT and Marketing Communications departments utilized their community time to volunteer at this year’s event.

Team members from the IT department helped early in the...

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Lakeside Represented at Touch a Truck Fundraiser

Lakeside Represented at Touch a Truck Fundraiser

Three employees represented the Lakeside store at the Touch a Truck event in San Diego on June 7. The Touch a Truck event is a fundraiser for childhood cancer. Every dollar raised directly supports innovative cancer research and therapies for children in San Diego and at 13 other facilities nationally.

The event features more than 100 vehicles that kids of all ages can climb in, climb...

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Williston Store Participates in Parade

Williston Store Participates in Parade

The 82nd Williston Band Day Festival and Parade was held on May 10 2014. RDO Williston had a float with a new Trailer, Dozer and a Skidsteer pulled by a truck from Horob Transport from Williston. Several employees from the Williston store participated in the event, including Greg Hulihan, Sales Coordinator; Jennifer Palmer, Service Administrator; Kristal Huffman, Rental Coordinator; Tracy...

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Hayward Plants Trees for Community Park

Hayward Plants Trees for Community Park

Looking for ways to get out in the sunshine and help out in their community, Frank Gouveia, Shop Foreman, contacted the Livermore Area Parks and Recreation District (LARPD) who informed him that they had been awarded a grant to purchase 35 trees to plant at Lake Del Valle in the Livermore hills, which is roughly 10 miles south of the Livermore store.

Volunteers from the Livermore store...

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