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Crazy week leads up to vacation

June 6, 2014 What a crazy week this has been. From dogs, to parties, to vacations, it all seems to be compounding into this one week. First off, we adopted a new dog into our famil. more »»

Brown SWCD seeks applicants for RIM Buffer Easement program

June 6, 2014 SLEEPY EYE — The Brown Soil and Water Conservation District (SCWD) is seeking applicants for the 2014 Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Riparian Buffer Easement Program. more »»

From the Farm: House guests have many uses

May 30, 2014 By Kerry Hoffman For the past two summers, we have allowed one college-aged employee to live in our basement. It is a win-win for us and for the employe. more »»

Courtland native represents WSCA as Miss Horsemanship

May 30, 2014 COURTLAND, Minn. — Shannon Voges has loved horses as long as she can remembe. more »»

From the Farm: Exercising during work

May 23, 2014 Saturday night I felt a bit guilty for eating three full-sized graham crackers covered with left-over cheesecake filling before I sauntered upstairs to watch Netflix on my iPad. more »»

From the Farm: The boy is all grown iup

May 16, 2014 I just walked past our youngest son on my way into the house, as he was on his way out of the house for his last day of high school. more »»

From the Farm: The planting bug has bitten

May 1, 2014 I thought of this year’s planting season just a few weeks ago. On one of those nice, balmy days my mind drifted off to planting time. I wasn’t smiling. It’s a stressful time for me. more »»

State Bank of Gibbon to merge with Minnwest Bank

April 21, 2014 GIBBON — Minnwest Bank and State Bank of Gibbon announced today the signing of an agreement to merg. more »»

Mother Nature is the biggest tease

April 18, 2014 I don’t think summer is ever going to arrive in Minnesota. In fact, I don’t think warmer temperatures are ever going to come and stay. I have not been saying nice things to Mother Nature. more »»

From the Farm: Change the location of the silverware drawer

April 11, 2014 There’s one thing I do, in our house that drives Steve absolutely mad. Knowing it drives him crazy is one of the reasons I like to do it. more »»

From the Farm: Cute, swimming ducks; drooling dogs

April 4, 2014 Well, we tried starting our own little duck dynasty out here on the farm, but the dogs had different plans. Several weeks ago, I purchased six ducks for Russell. I have three chickens of my own. more »»

Awards presented at joint Holstein and DHIA meetings in Lafayette

April 4, 2014 LAFAYETTE — Four young people were recognized for their work with Holsteins when the annual meeting of the Nicollet County Holstein Association was held Thursday, March 27. more »»

From the Farm: Weekday fun is easy to find

March 28, 2014 Why is it that when I think I am getting ahead, something happens to set me back again. Technology is usually to blame. I had my column all typed and saved on my IPad. Or so I thought. more »»

From the Farm: Calves are best when they are brown

March 21, 2014 ( I'm taking a week off. Enjoy this column from February 2008.) It’s been a long time since all four of us have been happier than a pig in, well … you know what. more »»

From the Farm: Running my own experiments

March 14, 2014 I started doing experiments here on the farm. It doesn’t involve leaving a pile of dishes on the counter to see how long it takes for someone to assist the person who put the goods on the table. more »»

From the Farm: Safety equipment definitely needed

February 28, 2014 Working in the milking parlor everyday can be a bit of a hazard. Standing at a lower level than the cows allows for all kinds of nasties to be splattered your way. more »»

From the Farm: Spring-cleaning, dairy-farm-style

February 21, 2014 I have spent more time outside helping with the cleaning out of our compost barn than I have ever spent doing that silly activity referred to as spring cleaning. more »»

From the Farm: Joey's Back!

February 14, 2014 No, not the Joey that lives in Brookings, SD, is learning all about being a great dairy-farm manager and drives a grey Pontiac Grand Prix. more »»

From the farm: Can’t things fix themselves

February 7, 2014 I know when items such as gaskets, my oven and my car are worn out or broken. Gaskets leak where two pipes meet in the milking parlor. more »»

From the Farm: Everything comes in threes

January 24, 2014 They say things happen in threes. I say they happen in multiples of three. The Three Wise Men. The Three Musketeers. Triplets. The six calves born on Sunday. more »»



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