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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


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.