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Don Buerkely's America Log Maker is a finalist in this year's IDEA Competition. His horses serve as inspiration and a materials source for his invention. (Submitted photo)

Buerkley invention an IDEA finalist

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Don and Sandra Buerkley of Park Rapids are among the seven finalists for this year's IDEA competition, their America Log Maker capturing the judges' nod.


Don Buerkley, a 40-year horse owner and former engineer with 3M, combined experiences to create the compression system for recycling barn waste. The process produces dry, no odor "logs" that fuel outdoor stoves, providing auxiliary heating in barns or homes

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