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WILLMAR, Minn. - Bob Harms is taking his own sweet time as he drives from the Canadian border down across Minnesota to the Iowa border.

We're talking a blazing top speed of 7 mph... because he's driving a riding lawnmower.

The West Central Tribune of Willmarreports Harms hit the road and began the 485-mile journey Aug. 20. He expects to reach Iowa Wednesday after a stop Tuesday at the Toro plant in Windom.

While the slow-moving journey will undoubtably be a memorable experience, it's not something Harms did as a lark. He has had hearing problems since infancy and is raising money for the Minnesota Lions Children's Hearing Centerat the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital, and for research to improve the lives of hearing-impaired children.

He says he got the idea at a Lions Club convention. Toro donated his mower as well as a brand-new mower that will be raffled off to benefit the hearing center.

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