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FNS Photo by Mikkel Pates The workshops in the Autonomous Tractor Co. research facility at St. Michael, Minn., are busy June 24 with a variety of projects. Some are welding parts for the grain transport, which has to be done by late July for a fair. Others are working on electronics. Some are volunteers, retired from related professions in their 70s, working for expenses.

Autonomous implement firm has futuristic plans

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ST. MICHAEL, MINN. -- The developer of a so-called "autonomous tractor" said people all over the world are coming to see it. But he said the concept is changing.

Terry M. Anderson and his Autonomous Tractor Co. are presenting the Spirit Tractor as a diesel, electric-power "platform," fitted with various tools to become an "autonomous implement" that doesn't require a driver on board.

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