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Holten: Theshers on the hilltops

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What is this North Dakota fetish with parking old, antiquated threshing machines on every hilltop across the land as if they were some religious icon or graven image to be misworshipped?

Who is it we are paying our respects to? The farmers of a bygone era, Andrew Meikl, the Scotsman who first invented threshing machines in 1786, or are we putting them up there because they look a little like intimidating dinosaurs scoping out the valleys below?

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