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Published July 25, 2013, 08:16 PM

Longtime tractor collector rides to breakfast in Casselton in style

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You have to get up before the birds if you are going to start your day with Jerry Moderow of Casselton. Today, the longtime tractor collector convinced his friends to go out for breakfast by riding red.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You have to get up before the birds if you are going to start your day with Jerry Moderow of Casselton. Today, the longtime tractor collector convinced his friends to go out for breakfast by riding red.

After an early morning workout at the gym, farmer Jerry Moderow convinced his fitness friends to ride with him to breakfast in Casselton...driving some of his collection of Farmall M's H's.

They pulled into Casselton's Country Kitchen, all bright red rolling into the parking lot. It was a glimpse at yesterday. The cost of a new Farmall back then might get you a tire today.

Jerry Moderow - Tractor Collector: "As you get older, it is harder working on bigger tractors. Smaller ones are more fun."

As the tractor-cade at a farm had breakfast, tourists coming off the interstate had to look at the old tractors. Then it was off for the rest of the morning tour.

Terry Beyers grew up around tractors and left the farm, but hopped on the four wheels today.

Terry Beyers - Friend of Moderow: "It has been 40 years. It brings back some great memories."

Jerry admits he is a little obsessed with collecting. Toys, watches, and tractors - red ones - between 500 and 600 tractors over his lifetime of farming.

Jerry Moderow: "Just to start with something and get it together and get it painted. You see what happens when you paint it."

A quick trip around Casselton Titan, home of Red, and then, as a gesture of friendly competition, red invaded green. The tractorcade drove across the highway to greet the green of RDO - a sense of humor on the farm, never hurt anyone.

Farmall started off with blue-gray colors, but switched to the bright red, in the mid 1930's.

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