June 26, 1963
A modest Hastings couple slipped one over on their friends here when they captured the grand prize at the first Minnesota Inventors Congress session held at the fairgrounds in Redwood Falls, Minn.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hagenson, 1531 Eddy Street, brought home the top prize in competition represented by 182 inventors who submitted a total of 270 inventions. “If it hadn’t been for my father-in-law Frank Yanz, I’d have given up on the idea,” said Leo. “He thought it was a good one and kept giving us a push when we needed it most.” The invention: a collapsible camping trailer. The trailer is fully quipped with clothes closet, couch, table stove sink and cupboard is 6 1/2 feet high and folds to 32 inches. Other unique features include a table that converts to a bed. With hammocks for their three children, the Hagenson’s trailer will sleep seven persons.