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Doeren Discovers: Larson Farms of Maple Park

June 28, 2011
Dave Doeren

Dave Doeren

Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren took his Huskie football team on a different type of adventure for this week’s episode of “Doeren Discovers,” the weekly series which has NIU’s new head coach taking in some of the Chicagoland area’s local unique experiences.

This week’s webisode chronicles a visit by Doeren, his coaching staff and their families, and the Huskie team to Larson Farms, a 6,300-acre spread in nearby Maple Park, Ill.

The Northern Illinois team got a tour of the “corn” side of the operation, featuring a look at millions of dollars worth of farm equipment and the technology that farmers now use to grow the crops. Doeren then had a chance to drive one of the tractors, programming and using the guidance system as the tractor steered itself.

In addition, the NIU contingent toured the “beef” or cattle side of the farm, where the players and coaches got to experience the unique sights, sounds and yes, smells, of farming. 

The first two episodes of the “Doeren Discovers” series saw the head coach sing the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field, and get behind the wheel of a NASCAR race car at Chicagoland Speedway.

New “Doeren Discovers” webisodes will be featured on for six weeks this summer to take viewers behind the scenes of Doeren’s different adventures. Through this effort, fans will get a chance to learn a little bit more about their new head coach as he experiences the attractions of the northern Illinois region.

Each week, fans can also answer a multiple choice question based on the video and be entered to win a chance to run out of the tunnel with the Huskies at the NIU-Wisconsin game at Soldier Field on Saturday, Sept. 17. The winning entry will also be on the field during the pregame build-up, and receive two club-level tickets, a parking pass and Huskie gear. 

New “Doeren Discovers” videos will be posted each Tuesday at through July 19.