RURAL REFLECTIONS little bitty
I have sought simplicity over the last few years. It is a slow process as you have to develop an appreciation for simplicity. One example might be when I enjoy the more subtle flavors of a hamburger... Posted on 7/5/14 at 7:16 AM
AMY'S RANCH SLANTS What You Can Get Away with on a Farm or Ranch
This column was originally published February 12, 2014
Farm and ranch residents may not have a grocery store or WalMart located only minutes away, but there are some advantages to living out of tow... Posted on 7/1/14 at 8:21 AM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 100 years, many things have changed in rural Regent.
Horses pulling plows to sow fields have been replaced by sophisticated, motorized farm equipment equipped with hydraulics and global positioning systems. There are also far fewer farm families in the area than there were a century ago.
I talked once with a guy, an American, shortly after he returned from vacation in Mexico. He told of how he’d wanted to eat “authentic” Mexican food, not “tourist” food. So he walked past two restaurants filled with tourists eating fried chicken; no “tourist” food for him. Finally, he found a restaurant serving local residents and ate “authentic” food with them. “Well, what did you have?” I asked. He hesitated an instant (he’d clearly told the story before; his timing was perfect) and said, “Fried chicken.”
Dion Van Well towered over the sheep industry in the Upper Midwest like few do. He was dubbed the “Lion of the Lambs,” in a 2009 Agweek story, and his family vows to continue his legacy.
Van Well, 47, died in his sleep of heart failure on Jan. 5 while on a pheasant hunting trip with buddies near Hoven, S.D.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Make sure your eyes aren’t bigger than your stomach, or your plate, or something like that. Don’t feed three cattle to make into beef if you don’t have the room to keep them frozen.
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