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Library lost: remembering the stories

Library lost: remembering the stories

A Scandinavian friend of mine once told me an African proverb. It said, “When an old man dies, a library has burned to the ground.” I thought of that when I was asked to eulogize my mother’s “Norwegian rancher bachelor” cousin, Orlin.

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Minnesota State Fair’s livestock barns stay real (and rural)

Minnesota State Fair’s livestock barns stay real (and rural)

After a full day of work at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds last month, Mark Goodrich went home to his ranch outside Glenwood City to check on the cattle.

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South Africans learn new farming techniques, enjoy life in ND

South Africans learn new farming techniques, enjoy life in ND

This year, five Lankin, N.D.-area farms are hosting a total of a dozen young international farm workers, including 10 from South Africa, one from Brazil and from the Eastern European country of Moldova.

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ND animal cruelty convict arrested for having horses

ND animal cruelty convict arrested for having horses

A man convicted of animal cruelty and mistreatment in the deaths of more than 100 horses was arrested Monday after a search of his north Fargo residence uncovered a horse and a mule in his backyard — his second alleged probation violation in the past three weeks.

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Agri-Women Harvest of Knowledge conference set

The Minnesota and North Dakota Agri-Women’s 32nd Harvest of Knowledge Conference will be held Oct. 24 at the Ramada Inn in Grand Forks, N.D.

Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

Some gifts last a month, others might last a couple years, but if you buy the right kind of gift, made of durable materials, and if the person who receives it likes it so much that they take good care of it, it could last a lifetime.

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Ode to farm moms

In Agweek, we talk a lot about farmers, cattle and crops. We talk about families who run their operations as a team, overcome hardships and make their work a success. But only on rare occasions are we able to zero in on the real heart of the operation, the farm mom.

VIDEO: Beef, the superfood

Feed is a significant budget item, so efficiency is always an important topic. Susan Duckett, Clemson University animal scientist, talks about beef as a source of Omega-3s and other beneficial fatty acids.

ND farmer appointed UN special ambassador

ND farmer appointed UN special ambassador

Robert Carlson, former president of the World Farmers’ Organisation and a North Dakota famer, has been appointed United Nations Special Ambassador of the International Year of Family Farming.

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Some Minn. E. coli cases linked to restaurant chain

More than a dozen cases of foodborne illness are being investigated by the Minnesota Department of Health — some from people who reported eating at Minnesota Applebee’s restaurants during a four-day period in June.

Dunking for dollars

Dunking for dollars

I guess I was the closest thing to a local celebrity they could think of in my nearby town of Rugby, N.D., when the Lutheran church was recruiting victims and honorees for their dunking booth at the Pierce County Fair.

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Heart attacks common around harvest time

Heart attacks common around harvest time

During harvest season and even when farmers are gearing up for harvest, rural areas see a large number of heart attacks, says Dr. Thomas Haldis, an interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D.

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Business ‘visionary’ Bert Johnson dies

Business ‘visionary’ Bert Johnson dies

Bert Johnson was a prominent farmer, businessman and landowner in the northern Red River Valley and someone who never turned down the opportunity to make a deal.

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Gardening for self sufficiency

Gardening for self sufficiency

I grew up with a garden, not that I was always appreciative of the fact or thrilled with the idea of pulling weeds or picking beans. I did like the tilling. Like most young boys, the tiller with its noisy gas motor and the ability to power pulverize dirt and old plants and weeds had its allure.

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Soybean growers welcome higher biodiesel blend, but there are critics

Soybean growers welcome higher biodiesel blend, but there are critics

Spring was wet and difficult, and many of Bill and Karolyn Zurn’s late-planted soybeans are still small and scant in the soggy soil. The Callaway, Minn., farm couple won’t harvest a good crop this fall unless the rest of the growing season cooperates.

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