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Ag 12 class completes tractor painting project

WORTHINGTON -- Students in the Worthington High School Ag 12 class had a reason to celebrate this week, and it wasn't just that graduation was near.

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Worthington High School Ag 12 students are shown with the 1937 B John Deere they sanded down and repainted during their ag class the past two months. The tractor is owned by Hunter Buntjer (on the tractor seat). Shown are Ag 12 students who worked on the project: Tucker Madison (from left), Preston Anderson, Gage Anderson, Carl Dykstra, Andrew Huber, Tommy Bauman, Ben Rogers, Hunter Cam, Buntjer and David Pine. Missing from photo are Lucas Boever, Ryan Newman and Nicholas Weg. (Julie Buntjer / The Globe)

WORTHINGTON - Students in the Worthington High School Ag 12 class had a reason to celebrate this week, and it wasn’t just that graduation was near.

On Monday, the class put the finishing touches on a 1937 B John Deere they’ve spent the past two months refinishing.

The tractor belongs to WHS senior Hunter Buntjer, who purchased it from his grandfather, Don Hopp, of Charter Oak, Iowa.

“I helped him get it back together the weekend before we brought it up here,” said Buntjer. He got it started when it was brought to the high school ag shop in early April, but the class couldn’t get it running after they painted it. Buntjer said his grandpa had intended to restore the tractor, which he bought at auction.

The most time-consuming part of the project was sanding all of the parts to remove the rust, said the students who worked on it daily for about an hour during first block in the high school ag shop. Once that work was completed, they painted it John Deere green and added the decal kit.

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Buntjer said he plans to enter the tractor in shows and possibly in parades once he’s able to get it running.

Ag 12 students working on the project included Buntjer, Preston and Gage Anderson, Tommy Bauman, Lucas Boever, Hunter Cam, Carl Dykstra, Andrew Huber, Tucker Madison, Ryan Newman, David Pine, Ben Rogers and Nicholas Weg.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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