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By Lane Gwinn
the Times 

A hankering for hill country

Swedish ag student and combine enthusiast Jonne Antilla was fascinated by the Skyrockets of Prescott - it only took him 20 years to get here


Lane Gwinn

(right, in cap) visits with locals at this year's Patriot's Parade at Preston Park in Waitsburg.

This 4th of July a familiar face showed up at the Patriot's Parade in Waitsburg. Jonne Antilla from Götene, Sweden has been visiting eastern Washington almost every year since his first visit in 2007. His journey started in 1986 as an agriculture student in Sweden when he was given a brochure of various farming, forestry and ranching techniques.

"There was a picture of a wheat field and I noticed right away this is not Sweden. There was a giant hill with combines coming towards you. The header was at a steep angle and the combine was standing straight up and I was so amazed by this pictu...

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