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NEW DISPLAY- 1941 John Deere A-II Reproduction Armored “Tractor Tank” on display through Memorial Day 2013 at Heartland Acres
Seen in the picture is the 1941 John Deere A-II reproduction prototype “Tractor Tank” now on display through Memorial Day 2013 at Heartland Acres in Independence, IA.
Acres “Ag in the Military” display continues to grow. The most
recent addition to the exhibit is a reproduction of an armored John
Deere Model A prototype A-II “tractor tank”. The tractor is on
loan from co-owners Dr. Curt Clark and Dr. Leo Milleman from Ames,
original “tractor tanks” were designed, built and tested in 1940 -1941.
The A-I and A-II were never approved by the U.S. Army for production
and the prototypes were scrapped. The story of the original armored
“tractor tanks” resurfaced in a tractor collector publication in May of
Milleman and Clark began researching the A-I and A-II tractor tanks in
2002. Reconstruction of the A-I and A-II started in November
2005. There were no blue prints and only a limited amount of
testing documents and a few pictures to go on. With little
information and a lot of hard work, the reproduction tractors were
completed by June 2006. More of the history on the reproduction
prototype “tractor tanks” may be found in the “Ag in the Military”
exhibit at Heartland Acres.
can find many more fascinating displays, hands on activities and the
ongoing and ever changing story of our agricultural heritage at
Heartland Acres in Independence, Iowa.
hours for the museum begin Monday, November 5. The museum will be
closed on weekends and major holidays starting November 5 – April 1,
2013. Call ahead for hours and availability.
For more information about Heartland Acres please visitheartlandacresusa.comor call (319) 332.0123. Heartland Acres Agribiton Center is a 501 (c) (3) non- profit organization.
Department of Transportation Releases iPad Driver's License Practice
Posted 3 August 2012
Iowa Interactive and the Iowa DOT have
made it easier to be prepared
for getting a driver’s license in Iowa for those with an iPad, thanks
to the new “IA Driver Test for iPad” application. This app serves as a
practice test for the driver exam that must be taken to get an Iowa
The iPad app was created to assist Iowans to be safe drivers and
provide the foundation necessary for applicants to successfully
complete the knowledge test.
The app generates 15 questions, randomly chosen from among 69 included
in the real knowledge test given at Iowa driver’s license stations.
Users can repeat the test as often as they like; each new test
generates a different set of 15 questions. The app also tracks a user’s
The app is not just for teens, it’s great for experienced drivers as
well. Take the quiz just for fun or as a refresher to see if you are as
smart as a 14 year old – the youngest age in which someone in Iowa can
get an instruction permit to drive.
“It might not be as easy as you think. Iowa's traffic laws are always
changing and it’s likely there will be a question or two that stump
even the most seasoned driver,” said Mark Lowe, director of the Iowa
DOT’s Motor Vehicle Division.
Lowe encourages people to use the app as a practice aide after studying
the Iowa Driver’s Manual. Parents are urged to talk to their young
drivers about their test results to foster discussion about safe
driving rules and behaviors.
The free app is available for download to your iPad through the iTunes
Store; search for “IA Driver Test for iPad.” The app will appear with
an Iowa DOT icon. It is important to note that imitation apps developed
by others entities may be unreliable.
Currently, the app is only compatible with iPad (requires iOS 4.3 or
later). However, the Iowa DOT and Iowa Interactive are already working
toward making it accessible through other mobile platforms, including
The creation of the iPad app was a collaboration of the Iowa DOT and
Iowa Interactive, a subsidiary of NIC. Iowa Interactive also created
the governor and lt. governor’s Web sites. Each of these efforts was
built at no cost to the taxpayers by leveraging Iowa Interactive’s
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