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An ag leader who gives back

By Staff | Aug 24, 2014

CECIL RUETER, of Grand Junction, was named an Iowan of the Day during the 2014 Iowa State Fair on Aug. 12.

DES MOINES – Cecil Rueter is known around Grand Junction as the quiet volunteer.

This long-time ag leader and local businessman is the person who gets the job done without anyone knowing.

He’s also the “go-to” guy for community upkeep, providing the equipment and manpower for any and all tasks that need to be completed around town.

His contributions have not gone unnoticed. Rueter was named an Iowan of the Day by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products and was honored on Aug. 12 during a special ceremony at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

“We’ve always been big supporters of the Iowa State Fair, and it’s an honor to be here,” said Rueter, whose name has been associated with the local farm implement dealership for decades.

A co-founder of the Rueter and Zenor Implement dealership, Rueter has built his business from the ground up. What started as a small store in Grand Junction has turned into A collection of stores in Iowa and neighboring states.

None of this could have been done without Rueter’s hard work and determination, according to those who know him well.

“Cecil is kind, wise, generous, savvy and fun to be around,” said Jan Scharingson, a Grand Junction teacher and friend. “He fits in wherever he goes and always has something to add to the conversation, but has the skill to move the conversation away from himself.”

Rueter adds to the community on a daily basis. He volunteers with 4-H, Boy Scouts and church youth groups.

He hosts a yearly golf outing for the Iowa State University coaches and helps with the local gardening group, the Naked Ladies Garden club.

A positive difference

Founded in 1997, the Iowan of the Day program allows the Blue Ribbon Foundation to recognize Iowa’s most outstanding individuals.

The program honors Iowans across the state who have made a difference in others’ lives, while upholding the characteristics associated with Iowa – dependability, integrity, hard work and sense of community.

Along with Rueter, the 2014 Iowans of the Day in Farm News’ coverage area included Merlyn Feddersen of Hartley; Don Hinners, of Carroll; Joan Allsup, of Mitchellville; and Robert Ray, of Des Moines, former Iowa governor.

“Their volunteerism, dedication and service to their communities and Iowa make each one deserving of this honor,” said Peter Cownie, executive director of the Blue Ribbon Foundation.

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