Western Minnesota Steam Thresher Reunion – Another Casualty of the Pandemic

Rollag, Minnesota.

Last weekend, Labor Day Weekend 2020, the last hurrah of summer for many, saw annual activities canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. One such casualty is the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion. The event started by western Minnesota farmers in 1940 became an attraction in 1954 when it was open to the public. The steam thresher was the first mechanized device that separated seeds from stalks. It did so by simply beating the harvested crop until the seeds fell away. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Story

Rollag, Minnesota.

This week, Jen H asks us to use our cameras to tell a story. Even a single image can convey the essence of a story. Jen writes, “A single image can encompass what would otherwise require a long written narrative – the characters, the setting, even the plot.” She goes on to challenge us to do some visual storytelling. You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading

WMSTR – The Steam Thresher’s Reunion

A team of people working in harmony to thresh wheat.

A team of people working in harmony to thresh wheat.

Rollag, Minnesota.

The end of summer is traditionally marked by Labor Day weekend in the United States. Last year, for the first time, I attended WMSTR (The Western Minnesota Steam Thresher’s Reunion). As a reminder to people in our area looking for something to do this weekend for the holiday, I thought I would re-share some of the photos from last year’s reunion. Continue reading

Steam Thresher Reunion – A Labor Day Tradition

WMSTR 2015-9

Rollag, Minnesota

For years, I’ve known about the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion (WMSTR). Since 1954, the public is welcome to spend the Labor Day weekend at a Renaissance Faire of sorts. It is a renaissance of a later time, a time during the Industrial Revolution when steam was king. Continue reading