"I know 125 years isn't a long time in the whole scope of human history, but it's pretty impressive for this part of the world. What's more impressive to me is that the town hasn't just stayed alive but has recently found new and interesting ways to stay lively."
Nick Stromme recently gave a beeswax candle and beehive demonstration a local 4-H meeting. Stromme increased his family's beehives from 500 to 3,500 growing the commercial honey business while he and his wife Lisa also utilize the by-products of wax and bee pollen for new products they sell locally.
Mychal Wilmes' mother took care of her family, including 12 children, as she found ways to feed them and ways to make her stubborn husband happy.
“An ideal buyer would have a good understanding of the food industry and an entrepreneurial mindset that allows the business to continuously grow," said Mary Hodny, current owner of Leo's Potato Dumplings. "They must also have the insight and open-mindedness to see its potential.”
Mychal Wilmes recalls the changing challenges of corn harvest, from hand husking to equipment problems.
Earlier this summer when I was mowing the farmyard near the machine shed and saw the baler sitting idle, I started missing what had been an annual rite of fall.
"With farm estate planning, not understanding what the other person says can be a multimillion dollar error or years of agony that no one will be laughing about."
It can be hard for farmers and ranchers -- and in particular those with livestock -- to truly take a break. But getting away makes you better at what you do.