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Minnesota Valley Irrigation celebrates 25 years

Motivational speaker Walter Bond, a former professional basketball player, spoke to Minnesota Valley Irrigation customers who were invited to a 25th anniversary celebration at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center last week. Anna Erickson/Pioneer Journal1 / 2
A new line of control panels is being introduced for Valley irrigators. They were demonstrated at the 25th anniversary celebration last week in Wadena. Anna Erickson/Pioneer Journal2 / 2

Customers and employees of Minnesota Valley Irrigation were invited to a 25th anniversary celebration featuring vendors showcasing the latest products in the industry along with food and speakers.

The event was at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center in Wadena and had customers and vendors from across the region.

Rich Panowicz, Vice President of North American Sales for Valley, said that the entire ag industry is changing in many ways because of technology. Irrigators are just one way that farmers utilize technology in the field and Valley has new products, including control panels, that will help customers monitor and control irrigators in the field.

Wadena's Valley distributor, Minnesota Valley Irrigation (MVI), works with customers in the area to keep equipment in good working order. It is starting a call center to be able to serve customers more quickly.

In addition to learning more about products and innovations in the irrigation and agriculture field, those who attended the celebration were able to listen to motivational speaker Walter Bond.

Bond played basketball for the Minnesota Gophers and later was a professional player in the NBA.

He talked about running into challenges that feel insurmountable and creating habits and rituals to succeed.

Now retired from the NBA, Bond shares lessons and stories about his life and how to create a mindset for success in any career and in life.

This was the second time Bond spoke at one of MVI's conferences.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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