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UMC Agriculture Mechanics Team Takes First Place in National Agriculture Competition
May 8, 2006

Krista Lemos, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (
Paul Aakre, agriculture department assistant professor, 218-281-8104 (

CROOKSTON, MN (May 5, 2006) – The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) Agriculture Mechanics team took first place in their field at the annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) competition held this year at Western Illinois University (WIU) at Macomb, IL. The Agriculture Mechanics team was one of nine teams from UMC that participated in the competition.

The Agriculture Mechanics contest included welding, surveying, building construction, electrical wiring and controls, and power and machinery. UMC student Brian Shaw, Ulen, MN, was high individual overall.

UMC students also took home the overall Sweepstakes Award for the entire competition. UMC teams competed in specific categories and earned the most points in the division for four-year colleges and universities.

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