Straw Removal

(when your are finished with this weeks column, you can check out this week’s radio program at www.ruralreflections.net)   A little spring cleaning is a cheap way to beautify your home. Spring cleaning can also be a mind expanding time for self-reflection and discovery at our home. I’ll try explain myself. I always insulate our…
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Letter To Dave

Dear Dave, Congratulations, you’re an Uncle! There was a time when I had enough cows that one individual birth wasn’t a big deal. Since I now specialize mostly in finishing steers, the birth of a calf is special-and surprising. I named our newborn after the guys who covered my work shift so I could stay…
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Take The Survey

I picked up my TRForward community survey this week. TRForward appears to be an organized collection point for proposals of what should become of Thief River Falls, Minnesota. I’ve had several different ideas about Thief River and the survey helped me sharpen them up to a point that I want to share them today. First…
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A New Arrival

I sold our cows a few years ago, I now purchase feeder cattle and finish them out on grass. Last year, I did take on a couple of heifers for the winter just because they were part of a group. I planned to trade them to my brother for more feeders. Plans are great, but…
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It Looks Like Rain (not A Forecast, Just A Title)

(I wrote this column in June of 2008 when it was very dry and we needed rain. Those were the days)   My dad and I were milking cows one evening about twenty four years ago. It had been so dry that year and suddenly that evening, it finally rained. I thought we should perhaps…
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