Minneapolis Moline Collectors News and Information - Recent News

Meet the Nominees

April 24, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Your vote is important! Two MMCI Members must be elected to fill two Board of Director positions. The role of an MMCI Director is an important volunteer position in the organization. All current members will receive a ballot, which is sent out May 10. You must return your ballot by June 1.

Before you vote, you need to know something about the individuals who have agreed to run for the three year term. You also need to know the expectations of a director. Being a director requires a time commitment and an enthusiasm for fulfilling the mission of this MMCI organization. The Role of a Director is listed below. Please review these expectations as you vote for two directors.

A Director should:

  • Read and know the by-laws of the Club
  • Attend a majority of meetings and show: Participate at the Club Table in recording membership sales, selling merchandize, socializing with other members to welcome people to the shows. Help with set up at shows, with auctions, and other activities as needed.
  • Expect to have more personal expenses; the club does not reimburse for all director costs -- it is a volunteer position.
  • Take an active position as a chairman and/or officer and learn the tasks needed for each role.
  • Complete a report each year of accomplishments (keep notes on tasks, etc.)
  • Be a positive spokesman for the club to encourage member participation.
  • Provide new ideas for the club in order to continue to achieve the Mission of MMCI.

Your nominees have submitted a short bio to introduce themselves to you. Click on the links below to read each bio. This information is also listed in the May issue of The Corresponder.

David Ritenburgh

Thomas Schasney

Len Vonasek

Dale VonLoh

Thank you for taking an active part in electing your Directors!

View Photo Album of 2017 Winter Show

April 12, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Enjoy photos of the winter show in Boonville, Missouri by visiting our Photo Page. We appreciate the photos taken by Kim Groskreutz and Dennis Hoekstra! All our MMCI photos are available to the public; in fact, you can see over 2500 photos on our MMCI page on Flickr. Just go to our Photo page to start! Next best thing would be someone to add descriptions!!

Coming Soon

April 5, 2017 - 11:23 AM
We will soon be adding photos from the Winter Show in Boonville, Missouri!

January 2017 President's Letter

January 13, 2017 - 11:19 AM
Read the letter your MMCI president wrote to you. Get ready for celebrating!!

View Photo Album of the EXPO 2016 Summer Show

October 15, 2016 - 12:44 PM

We have over 170 photos in an album of the Summer Show in Rollag, MN. An amazing line up of Minneapolis and Twin City Steam Engines, as well as an impressive display of MM tractors at this huge 4 day show. See individual photos of the parade and many more photos of threshing equipment, the village, and other displays. A big thank you to Loren Book and Kim Groskreutz for their photography. (This album is a selection from over 300 photos.)

Do you know you can download photos from the album which is on the Flickr website? The best way to get there is to visit our Photos page and click on the album. Or simply watch the slideshow on our photo page. We have over 2400 photos stored on Flickr. You can go back many years to view our various club shows. Enjoy!!

Update on the Minneapolis-Museum Project

October 15, 2016 - 12:42 PM

Recently a letter went out to those in our MM Community who expressed an interest in pledging towards the MM wing addition at the Floyd County Historical Society in Charles City, IA. The current amount pledged is only 21 percent of the amount needed to ensure the project can move forward, so donations will not be accepted for 2016 as planned. 

However, the revised plan is to extend the fundraising efforts for one year to see if enough additional financial pledges will come in to move the project forward. The committee would appreciate your spreading the word about what we are trying to accomplish.

With a large number of our population of MM collectors, former employees, and enthusiasts aging, it is imporotant now, more than ever, to presere the history and legacy of Minneapolis-Moline. The expansion of the museum in Charles City would make that possible. You are encouraged to contact any committee member with your questions or ideas for fundraising. David Rittenbaugh is the committee chair and can be reached at 248-770-0871 or david.ritenburgh@gm.com

If you did not receive specific information about the project and are interested, please contact David or Loren Book, lgbook46@gmail.com, and a packet will be sent to you.

Preservation Grants Encourage MM Restorations

October 14, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Your club membership helps encourage interest in preserving and restoring Minneapolis Moline history, tractors, and implements. Two young people learned much about the MM legacy as well as how to restore tractors. Their projects connected them with many who know about the company and they also learned that hard work and perseverance pay off in many ways. Thank you for being a part of our MM family by supporting such projects with your membership dues. This is just one of many benefits our club provides and keeps the history and legacy of the MM companies alive!

Check out more information on the Projects page. 

Tayler Jones Displays 1962 GVI Restoration

August 1, 2016 - 11:20 AM
Visit the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Boone, IA and stop by to see the MMCI display. Tayler Jones from Ottumwa, IA will have her 1962 GVI on display. She received an MMCI Preservation Grant to help with her restoration of this tractor, which received a Reserve Champion award at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. See the full story on the Oral Histories and Preservation Grants page.

Your Minneapolis-Moline Museum Project

May 2, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Dear MM Community! We want you to know about an exciting new partnership with the Floyd County Historical Society in Charles City, Iowa -- The Minneapolis-Moline Museum Project: Building to Preserve the Past for Future Generations! This is a wonderful opportunity to help build a permanent home for the Minneapolis-Moline heritage, history, and legacy. Find out more about this on the Projects page under MM Museum. 

2016 Winter Convention in Sublette, IL

April 2, 2016 - 7:45 PM
Many enjoyed returning to the Sublette Toy Show for our Winter Convention in March. We've added around 100 photos to a new album, thanks to photographer Loren Book. Visit the Photo page and enjoy this new album. Do you know we have 44 albums -- a few thousand photos -- all available to you and the public through the Flickr website? You can download any of the photos! The link on our Photo page takes you to all the photos. Enjoy!!

Coloring Contest 2016

February 5, 2016 - 2:05 PM

It's time to think about the MMCI Coloring Contest: We encourage club members to sponsor entrants for the coloring contest as a way to bring generations together and to educate our youth about the Minneapolis-Moline Companies. Take time to sit with the youth and tell them about the photo, the colors of the implements and get them interested in our history. We hope to encourage the next generation to have an interest in the Collectors Club and our M-M heritage!

The colored pages must be sponsored by a current club member and be postmarked no later than March 10, 2016 (before the Wiinter Convention). Be sure to READ the contest rules. Go here to find the information you need. And good luck to all!!

MMCI President's Report

January 11, 2016 - 11:46 PM
Take a minute to see what Jay GrosKreutz, your club president, has to say: read the August President's Report.

Where's Buddy Lee Now?

January 11, 2016 - 11:34 PM
Remember Buddy Lee? Buddy was a promotional piece used by the Minneapolis-Moline Company around 1949. He was a popular "salesman" for the company and enjoyed popularity and lots of attention in dealership windows. He was so popular his sales price was about $2.40! The Buddy Lee era ended in1963 when the manufacturer discontinued production. As a collector item, an original MM Buddy Lee has sold for as much as $1,000. In 1999 the MMCI held a Buddy Reunion at their Arkansas Winter Convention. Eight Buddy Lees were displayed at that first reunion. Next time you visit the Floyd County Historical Museum at Charles City, IA, you'll see an educational display of the MM Buddy Lee in one of the MM display cases. Be sure to stop by and say "Hi."

Plowmen Enjoy So. Dak. State Plowing

September 23, 2015 - 7:24 PM

The slide show highlights photos from the South Dakota State Plowing Contest in August at the LeRoy Fetts Farm near Lennox. Loren Book brought his Universal D to plow, the oldest tractor in the field (1920). Notice the photo of the Universal going nose-to-nose with its predecessor, a team of horses. The Universal was designed to keep the plowman in the same position as when he had a team of horses.

See more photos in the album on our Photo page, in the Other category. All of the photos in our albums are available to the public. (Thanks to Loren for all the photos.)

Update on the R Cab Project

September 14, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Butch Fuder and Rex Mercer have an interesting update on the R Cab Project they started a couple of years ago! Go to the PDF report: