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Andy Gartner and his teammate took first place in the 29th National Postsecondary Agriculture Student Organization national convention competitions held in Pennsylvania in March. The tractor, above, is among the machines overhauled by the mechanic in training. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Gartner team takes first at nationals

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Park Rapids alum Andy Gartner claimed a sweet victory in Hershey, Pa. at the national John Deere Ag Machinery Service Technician competition at the end of March.

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He and his teammate from North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), Wahpeton, captured the first place team award, competing against 18 teams from across the nation.

"I didn't believe it," Andy said. "Did I hear that right?" he asked the person next to him when the announcement was made.

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