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"The culture of agriculture in the holiday season and throughout the year needs preserving and to continue into our kids and future generations," Katie Pinke says.
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Mychal Wilmes remembers how his mother's baking was a balm even when things went wrong.
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"It's pretty easy to forget that the rest of us can stay inside and not deal with these things only because there are people who willingly go outside every day and do the work. When you pull a package of hamburger or a steak from your freezer, remember the ones who raised the cattle and say a little prayer for their safety and well-being."
Life is full of "would you rather" questions that we're answering all the time. Myron Friesen lays out some about how you'd like to plan your farm estate.
To connect teens with adults, Northwood Public School along with a community healthcare partner held its first Multi-Generation Trivia Night with 14 teams participating. Katie Pinke was a part of the last-place team and shares the wins she still experienced between friends and three generations of her family.
Mychal Wilmes examines how his brother and other farmers survived -- or didn't survive -- the 1980s farm crisis and what changes agriculture, ag lending and rural communities have seen since then.
One of the most significant lessons my dad taught this farmer’s daughter was to lead by example.
Ethanol production is by many measurements the best economic development tool in rural America outside of farming, Mychal Wilmes says. But he also revisits the impact Prohibition had on rural areas.

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Jenny Schlecht reflects on the little irritants on a farm, like the dust from pushing cattle or unloading corn and how it can affect parts of day-to-day life.
Katie Pinke shares four key takeaways from Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce's banquet for each community and county to celebrate agriculture.
"The heritage that we who are deeply rooted in the land cherish links us to the past and to what is to come," Mychal Wilmes says.

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