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Kelly Krull of Decorah preserves farming history, one tractor at a time

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DECORAH (KWWL) -

Kelly Krull spends his days repairing and restoring tractors.

"My dad was fixing tractors when I was probably 10 years old, and I used to help him," said Kelly Krull.

Krull runs D & K Tractor Repair and Restoration at his home in Decorah.

"What we say here is we preserve history one tractor at a time," said Krull.

He's just starting work on a World War II tractor.

"World War II Navy tractor from 1944, and it pulled airplanes during the war," said Krull.

Krull said the best part about his job is the stories behind the tractors, including a John Deere that belonged to his father-in-law and was worked on by his son.

"They used it for a few years, and then it sat back in the grove. It sat back there so long that a tree had grown and actually lifted it off the ground. Wee had to cut it out of the tree. We got it running and decided to use it for an FFA project for my son," said Krull.

Krull also uses his small, family business to give back to the community. He finished a pink tractor just a few weeks ago.

It's in memory of his mother-in-law and will be made available to organizations to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

"We just thought if it helps bring a little awareness and for people that would like to use it for fundraisers and stuff we thought it would be a fun thing to have," said Krull.

Kelly Krull said he wouldn't want any other job. He likes old tractors and he likes preserving history, one tractor at a time.

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