“Oh Deere. That’s how a flyer is written to promote an open house for Wayne Hansen, a 39-year employee of the John Deere equipment business. Hansen, a native of the Clarks Grove area, started his first John Deere assignment 39 years ago in 1976 in Hayfield. He grew up in a green atmosphere with John Deere (JD) equipment on a family farm, located three miles northwest of Clarks Grove. The eldest of four boys, Hansen learned to drive a tractor at age six and soon learned to navigate a car and pickup truck on the family farm. All Hansen brothers took a liking to farm machinery and helped their father Philip and mother Verdelle with farm chores during their younger days and even in their adult years. Prior to entering the farm machinery business with John Deere, Hansen worked six years as a machinist in the Twin Cities. Hansen next located in Austin with Persinger Equipment and worked there in sales from 1986-96. In 1996 he joined the dealership in Owatonna in sales, and. Remembering his first sale of John Deere equipment, Hansen said it was made at the Austin dealership to the late Richard Trom of Blooming Prairie. Tractors can range in prices up to $500,000, Hansen said. Lawn tractors range from $1,499 and up. The JD inventory of equipment includes tractors, combines, sprayers, tillage.