Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Dean Tonsfeldt
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Tonsfeldt was born and raised on a farm east of Comstock, Minnesota. After serving in the military, he worked on the farm of his father and uncle. He then acquired an Amoco bulk fuel delivery agency, delivering light oils products while continuing to work on the farm. He now works as a jobber and owns several businesses, including Dean's Barrel Reconditioning. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Starting in the bulk fuel delivery business. Expanding petroleum business. Working as a jobber instead of as an agent. Satisfying federal government requirements as a jobber pollution insurance policy issue and the super fund to deal with potential spills or leaks. Impact of gasoline tax increase on businesses. The independent retail gasoline business competing with franchise convenience businesses. Competition in the bulk business. The interrelationship of the bulk business and the farming economy. How the community of Comstock has changed over time. The economic relationship between Comstock and the Fargo Moorhead area. Defining the family farm. Having the farming fever. Corporate farming.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
12 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 38 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Tonsfeldt, Dean
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Dates Creation: 05/03/1989
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 76
Accession Number AV1988.167.16
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project'

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