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Windmill Offers Opportunity To Learn, Volunteer

Posted: Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 6:27 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Shaylon Cochran

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The Vermeer Windmill is one of Pella’s most notable attractions, seen from miles away. The Vermeer mill is the largest functioning grain mill in North America, and is run by a team of volunteers. Jim Brandl, one of the volunteer molenaars, which is dutch for miller, says it takes someone the length of a summer season to learn how to safely operate the mill. Brandl says only a few of the team actually grind and mill the grain the the Historical Society sells. He says they’re always looking for new volunteers, and is a great way to learn about dutch heritage.