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  • Byron Godbersen built Lake LaJune (named for his wife, LaJune) in 1969 to demonstrate recreational equipment for the customers of Midwest Industries. On the lake is a half-scale reproduction of the HMS Bounty, constructed by Midwest employees in 1970. In 1973-74, he constructed a hangar with a huge banquet room with carpeted walls, mosaic tile floor, a fireplace and waterfalls with running water. The hanger also houses Byron Godbersen’s private plane, a working replica of a 1929 Mercedes constructed from a kit, a WACO bi-plane, and a display of several of Byron Original’s wooden model airplanes manufactured in Ida Grove. The hanger is utilized for banquets, entertaining and political functions. The tour takes 30 minutes. Contact the human resource manager at Midwest 712-364-3365.

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