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Easter 2014 By: 04/22/2014 @ 8:34am

For reasons no one cares about, I have to be out the door at 5:30 a.m., six days a week, so I actually only get about one good night’s sleep a week – on Saturday.Except for…

Fishing for Memories By: 04/21/2014 @ 1:03pm

To say that farmers are busy at this time of year would be like stating that it tends to get dark after the sun sets. The aroma of warming dirt is espresso to a farmer; his pulse…

Vigil By: 04/15/2014 @ 7:34am

I just spent the evening with a whole group of very nice people who wanted more than anything in the world to be somewhere else.It was our community’s annual Walk and…

Wedding Fever By: 04/14/2014 @ 9:03am

Spring has sprung and a young person’s fancy turns to thoughts of establishing an ongoing collaborative synergistic interrelationship with a hominine biped who is a member of…

A Taxing Time By: 04/07/2014 @ 11:39am

The sounds of weeping and gnashing of teeth can be heard throughout the land at this time of year and not just because it’s National Poetry Month, which means that we are…

Spring 2014 By: 04/07/2014 @ 7:31am

I’m not going to write about another April snowstorm.It’s about tax time, and I’m not going to write about that either.Yesterday, I left the house around 5:00 a.m. and…

Fire and Ice By: 04/03/2014 @ 11:22am

Last week I ate habanero-mango ice cream.I saw it on a restaurant menu and decided on the spot that I might never get the chance again, so I ordered it. After all, one of my New…

Cheese Withdrawal By: 04/03/2014 @ 11:19am

My wife and I recently attended a dairy exposition, a bacchanal of cheese and ice cream and chocolate milk. And all for free!I am not kidding. There were numerous dairy processors…

What National Ag Day Means to… By: 03/25/2014 @ 8:45am

National Ag Day is being celebrated today, and it is a poignant celebration for my family this year. Dad suffered a brain injury when he fell in his farm shop in Maryland in…

Less Heat, More Sunshine By: 03/25/2014 @ 8:25am

I had quite a column written this week. It touched on an important social issue. I did hours of research, even used some actual facts. It was sensitive, thought-provoking, and…

A Full Irish Breakfast By: 03/24/2014 @ 10:31am

My wife and I have been remiss about observing St. Patrick’s Day, but we made up for it recently by downing a full Irish breakfast that was served to us by a squadron of Roller…

Saba By: 03/04/2014 @ 7:57am

There’s an island in the Caribbean called “Saba.”It’s five square miles, only has a couple of thousand people living there - basically just a forested mountain poking out…

The awards season By: 03/03/2014 @ 10:02am

The awards season is again upon us, an annual rite that takes place during approximately 12 months of each year. There are so many awards shows, a person would need a scorecard to…

Greta By: 02/25/2014 @ 10:09am

We know a little girl named Greta - nice little girl, about 7.  She has severe epilepsy and has been having seizures since she was 5 months old – a lot of them. …

Sparkles the Adventure Cat By: 02/24/2014 @ 8:21am

The hawk glared imperiously from his high perch on the barn rafter, his telescopic eyes focused upon the furry critter below. The tiniest whisker twitch was observed and analyzed…

Parenthood By: 02/17/2014 @ 11:00am

It seems like you can’t swing a cat these days without hitting someone who has penned a book about parenting. This either means that there are a ton of such tomes out there, or…

Early By: 02/17/2014 @ 7:53am

It was 6:32 a.m. and -11 degrees.  I was heading south on Hwy 75, between Clinton and Ortonville in western Minnesota.  As I came over a rise I saw a string of seven sets of…

Winter Olympics By: 02/10/2014 @ 8:50am

It seems as if all you hear these days is Winter Olympics this and Sochi that. My wife and I have such a level of enthusiasm for these events that we will be commemorating them by…

OSHA wants large farms to… By: 02/03/2014 @ 12:51pm

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a proposed regulation that would require employers to submit their records of accidents and…

‘Take it to the farmer’ By: 02/03/2014 @ 12:36pm

Those were the last words from Norman Borlaug, a titan in agriculture. Ken Quinn works to make sure Borlaug’s legacy stands among our country’s greatest.Quinn says he grew up…

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