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Man's Hobby Restores Old to New Again

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Resurrecting the past and bringing it into the present is one man's hobby.

Stephanie Scheurer takes us to the Hazen, North Dakota Centennial.

 "It's got so much compression, you can't turn it over. So I'll release the compression. Now I'll have to release compression again. Up against compression and hit my mag needle."

Those are just a few of the steps it takes for Daniel Jangula to start this machine.

So...what are these exactly?

"They're called stationary engines. A lot of the smaller ones were used mainly for pumping water, or a small grinder, or a corn sheller," says Daniel Jangula, restores stationary machines.

For nearly 25 years, Daniel's hobby has been restoring these old rustic machines and bringing them back to life.

"That was actually my grandfather's corn sheller and when I was a child I used to crank it by hand and shell corn. Of course now I've got a stationary engine on it and just doing a little show with it. And this one here, a grinder, it can grind the corn," says Daniel.

 "This is the corn that I just shelled..."

Daniel says it can take a few years to restore just one stationary engine.

But it's something he enjoys doing in his spare time.

"It's fascinating to me. Also it's a challenge for me. When I find one that's completely rusted up to get it back, restored, and back to running condition. It's a challenge and I love it."

And that distinctive  sound of these engines is a sound that Daniel will never grow tired of.

In Hazen, Stephanie Scheurer, KX News.

Daniel has taken his stationary engines and displayed them at other shows in Minneapolis.

This was his first time showcasing them in Hazen.

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