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Brothers Bill, left, and Jay Fetcher pose 54 years ago on their family’s 1959 New Holland self-propelled Hay Cruiser baler. At the time, Bill was 13, and Jay was 11.

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Tom Ross: Restoring a 1959 farm implement that broke new ground in Routt County's Elk River Valley

In an era when air-conditioned farm tractors with satellite radio have become the norm, there’s something to be said for reconditioning a venerable agricultural implement like the self-propelled Hay Cruiser that Bill Fetcher put to work this summer.

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