John Mikovec Jr. of Ames donated his late father’s, John Mikovec Sr., tools to the Nevada High School FFA. Mikovec contacted Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor and asked if his program could use the tools. “Certainly!” replied Cooper.


On Friday, Sept. 15, Cooper hooked onto a trailer and headed for Des Moines’ south side to Mikovec Sr.’s home. Tools and equipment loaded up included a portable air compressor and an oxygen-acetylene torch unit with several new tips, cutting blowpipe and welding rods. In addition, there were mowers, snow blowers, shovels, rakes, spades, wrenches, sockets, grinders, pipe threading dies, a Rigid pipe cutter and numerous hand tools. Everything was loaded except a workbench with a brand new Wilton cast steel machinist vice, which Cooper would come back later for a second load.


“The timing was perfect; we really needed a second oxy-acetylene unit for heating up bolts on a tractor rim replacement, so we put that to use immediately.” added Cooper