Letter To Dave

Dear Dave, I just got back from letting the cats outside. Twitch has a new trick, he leads the other cats right to the threshold of the door and allows them to cross first after which he turns back inside so he can have the house to himself. They really are the closest thing we…
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All Over But The Chisel Plowing

(Another column from the past (2005) about the sugar beet campaign-GN)   I thought before I wrote this column that perhaps I’d already done it once and should perhaps move on. I don’t believe the average person can understand what beet harvest means to me. I use up most of my vacation time to attend the…
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Midnight In The Sugar Beet Patch

(this is an old column  from 2003 or so-GN)     It’s Midnight as I leave the house. I’ve had my nap, kissed my wife and have taken one last look at my warm bed. It is time to hop in a truck and haul sugarbeets. It all started a couple of days ago. The…
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A Special Report From The Harvest

(this is another old column about the Red River Valley sugar beet harvest. It is from 2004.-GN)     “This is a special report on the Crystal Sugar beet harvest.” This time of year, I live for these reports on local radio stations. I am writing this column on Wednesday night and we are at…
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A Harvest In Five Acts

I have explained the basics of the sugar beet harvest many times of the last few years. I’m sure you get it: dig out the beet, place it in truck, transport to piler and repeat. I thought this year, I would just hit the highlights and organize them into five acts. Act I; A Harvest…
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