The 2021 Dale Laedtke Memorial Scholarship Award
Kenten Benner, from Panora, Iowa, received the Dale Laedtke Memorial Scholarship for $750. Kenten plans to attend the John Deere Tech Program at Southeast Community College in Milford, Nebraska this fall. After completing the tech program he will return to work full time at Van Wall In Audubon.
Kenten has been collecting Minneapolis Moline equipment for three years thanks to his grandpa who gave him a 1953 Minneapolis Moline G that started his love and passion for Minneapolis Moline. He says “I have a passion to learn the Minneapolis Moline history and the ability to preserve, restore and tell others about the MM history.” He’s made several trips out of state to expand his collection, the most recent trip was to the Pease auction in Michigan to get a 114 hydro lawn tractor, snow blower and books. MMCI welcomes Kenten’s enthusiasm and desire to learn and promote our MM heritage. We hope he will inspire other young people to appreciate Minneapolis Moline and we wish him well as he learns and works with farm equipment.
The 2020 Dale Laedtke Memorial Scholarship Award
Olivia Cotton has been selected as the 1st Dale Laedtke Memorial Scholarship. Olivia is from Kalkaska, MI and is the granddaughter of MMCI member Don Cotton. Olivia is attending Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology for a two-year certificate program with an internship.
In her essay, Olivia’s goals and ambitions are to continue to work with her family’s potato farm. She has helped her father restore Minneapolis Moline and enjoys showing them in local parades with her grandfather. Olivia is clearly deserving of this generous award made possible by the Laedtke family in memory of their son Dale Laedtke.
The 2020 Scholarship Awards
Hattie Kragenbring has been selected as the 2020 MMCI Scholarship recipient. Hattie is from Atwater, MN and is the daughter of MMCI member Jeff Kragenbring. Hattie is a 2020 graduate of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School and will be attending Minnesota State University Moorhead in the fall of 2020, majoring in accounting while also working towards a degree in Agricultural Business at North Dakota State University.
In her essay, Hattie’s ambition for the future and appreciation of the history of Minneapolis Moline was clear; she proudly shared that the first tractor she drove was a Jetstar! She shared memories of attending county fairs and tractor pulls, in addition to her family’s history of using Minneapolis Moline. Hattie is clearly deserving of this generous award made possible by MMCI members.
The 2019 Scholarship Award
Mr. Jamison Owens has been selected as the 2019 MMCI Scholarship Award recipient.
Jamison is from Chariton, Iowa and is the son of MMCI member Jeff Owens.
Jamison is a 2019 graduate of Chariton High School and will be attending Iowa State University in Fall 2019 with plans to major in Agricultural Engineering.
In his essay, Jamison’s ambition for the future and appreciation of the history of agriculture was clear. His career goal “to assist in pushing the limits of innovation in the agricultural equipment market” may lead to his dream of building the “next generation tractor”. Jamison has demonstrated his excitement about Minneapolis Moline by restoring a 1947 model ‘R’ and presenting Moline’s side valve engines used in the ‘R’ and ‘Z’ tractors to a local tractor club. He reviewed “the overall design of the engine as compared with other engines built at the time and why this engine was so important in promoting ease of maintenance and serviceability”, he added that he “loved being able to teach the other club members about this”.
Jamison plans to continue to share his “knowledge with others so that the Minneapolis Moline legacy may live on”. He is clearly deserving of this generous award made possible by MMCI Members.
The 2018 Scholarship Award
Madeline Dimeo has been selected as the 2018 MMCI Award recipient. Madeline is from McFarland, WI and is the granddaughter of MMCI members Clint and Lee Kenyon.
Madeline is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
In her well written eight page application essay, Madeline made her ambition and dedication clear. She has demonstrated her work ethic by completing 42 college credits while in high school as well as scoring high on her ACT exam. Madeline volunteered over 250 hours while in high school and continues to volunteer in her community and college; she has given time to a wide variety of needs from church, food banks, the Arboretum, an animal shelter, Wisconsin Public Television, March of Dimes and the Ronald McDonald House.
Madeline’s focused and clearly determined to make a difference in the world, she writes, “when asked what I plan to do after I graduate from college, my response is simply, ‘I’m going to save the world.'” Her love of farming, farmland and nature spurred her vocational ambitions. She plans to spend her career in preservation, environmental renewal and sustainable energy.
A self-described “down-to-nature” person, Madeline enjoys the simple things like “baking homemade pies from scratch, sewing, reading, attending Minneapolis Moline Collectors events and spending time with family.”
She credits her “relentless, unwavering positive attitude” to her success and is clearly deserving of this generous award made possible by MMCI members. Congratulations Madeline!
The following information is for our two 2017 scholarship recipients.
Ashley Solvie of Hancock MN is the granddaughter of member Dennis Solvie. She is attending South Dakota State University in Brookings SD. She is working towards an Ag Business degree with an accounting minor.
Matthew J. Maveus of Monroe WI is the grandson of member Merlin Maveus. He is attending Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore WI. He is enrolled in the Ag power and Equipment Technician program.
Both students had outstanding applications. It was a tough time deciding between the several applicants we had. We thank everyone who applied and encourage others to apply in the future.