TOWNER, N.D. — I was back in the courtroom again recently. No, it’s not what you might think. No judge, jury, lawyers or witnesses. Just a bunch of uncomfortable ranchers and an auctioneer gathered to renew the leases on pasture and hay land owned by the state of North Dakota.
TOWNER, N.D. — When I was in college, an animal nutrition professor always called alfalfa “the king of hay.” Whatever you measured — crude protein, relative feed value, taste, smell, bovine yumminess — alfalfa had it going on. Of course it had to be put up right to get all that.
TOWNER, N.D. — There’s always something you should be doing when you farm or ranch. Makes it kind of tough to get away with the family and take a little vacation. Or, if you do get away, it’s hard to enjoy yourself when you think you should be back home.
TOWNER, N.D. — There’s a hall of fame somewhere for most everything from baseball to rock ‘n’ roll music. In North Dakota we have a hall for cowboys and the horse culture of the plains. As of last week, our family ranch is in that hall.
TOWNER, N.D. — I once opened a Chinese fortune cookie and read on the little slip of paper, “A gentleman is a gentle man.” I’m not usually struck with profundity when opening these mass-produced cardboard-like cookies, but that one stuck with me because it reminded me of my father.
TOWNER, N.D. — One of the best things you can do for your children, they say, is to read to them. I suppose it comes after giving them a safe place to sleep, healthy meals and a warm hug, but it’s right up close to the top.
TOWNER, N.D. — I remember the first color television we got. Seems like Dad plugged it in on a Friday night and come Saturday morning I was watching full color cartoons in my footed pajamas. Color made for better cartoons than my black and white past, even with those dynamic shades of gray.
TOWNER, N.D. — They just don’t make ’em like they used to. It seems like I’m becoming more of an old codger making grumpy quotes like that everyday, especially every day that something just a few years old quits working.
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