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Farms across the region proudly display Old Glory

Mikkel Pates for the past five years has been documenting flags he has seen on farms or ag businesses during his travels for Agweek. This year, we asked readers to submit their own photos.

A U.S. flag sticks out of a rustic wagon parked on a farm.
Monte Martin said this flag is displayed on his farm near East Fairview, North Dakota.
Contributed / Monte Martin
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Mikkel Pates for the past five years has been documenting flags he has seen on farms or ag businesses during his travels for Agweek. This year, we asked readers to submit their own photos.

A flag flies on a flag pole off of a barn. The sun is bright behind the flag.
Jeff Chandler took this photo of his barn on Memorial Day.
Contributed / Jeff Chandler
A flag on a still day sticks out above a sign that says Hankey Farm.
David Hankey submitted this photo on Hankey Farm in Walsh County, North Dakota.
Contributed / David Hankey
Dekrey flags on farm
Duane and Jan DeKrey live 10 miles east of Carrington, North Dakota, and fly a variety of flags. Duane is of Dutch descent and Jan is of Norwegian descent. They also fly Duane's retired National Guard flag, the POW/MIA flag and, "of course" the state flag of North Dakota and Old Glory.
Contributed / Duane and Jan DeKrey
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For the fifth year, Agweek reporter Mikkel Pates reprises his Flags On Farms feature for Independence Day, featuring flags of the United States on farms and agribusinesses in the region. This year, our featured vignette is from a former grain elevator at Andover, South Dakota, with a 30-by-60 foot U.S. flag painted on it.
Farmers in the Agweek circulation and viewership area often celebrate their patriotism through the display of flags of the U.S. on their farms. Hoffman Farms of Bowdle, S.D., in 2020 put special red, white and blue flag-like netwrap on their bales along U.S. Highway 12.
The Ahrenholz farmstead features a United States flag, a Minnesota flag and a Christian flag. “Pride in America, I guess,” James Ahrenholz said, quietly, when asked about the display. “I believe in our freedom.”
There are a lot of memories tied to the 20-by-30 flag that flies over Lynn Leichtnam's farm near Presho, S.D., including the time a passerby assumed the big flag marked a Perkins.
The Stars and Stripes often proudly flies on farms year round.
FARGO, N.D. -- You see them often you drive across the heartland. The Stars and Stripes pop up in many places -- on a pole, on a wall, at the top of a machine, or over U.S. Department of Agriculture and agribusiness offices. The flag is a big dea...
As you travel along highways or county roads, you often see flags flying proudly over farmland or displayed on farm buildings. Mikkel Pates stopped to talk to some farmers about what those flags mean to them.
Editor's note: Agweek reporter Mikkel Pates often sees patriotic displays as he travels throughout the Upper Midwest. He collected these and offers them as Independence Day approaches.
The U.S. flag goes up on Memorial Day and comes down “for the winter” after Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, on the dairy farm run by Daniel and Ruth Pohlmann of Sauk Centre, Minn., with their son, Aaron, who is moving into management.

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