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The Fetcher brothers — Bill, left, and Jay — pose on the 1959 Hay Cruiser baler restored by Bill and put back into light use this summer on the Fetcher Ranch near Clark. The photo re-creates a nearly identical image taken 54 years ago when the self-propelled baler first arrived at the ranch.

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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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