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It’s never all figured out

September 19, 2014 I was feeling a bit frustrated in the parlor this week. We work so hard to maintain producing good-quality milk that it is hard to watch something going wrong and not knowing the reason why. more »»

The return of Date Day

September 12, 2014 My husband can be so hilarious some times. Here’s how the story panned out. I actually had the morning off, which is highly unusual at this time of yea. more »»

Working on the combine

September 5, 2014 It’s getting to be that time of year again when Steve only has that one thing on his mind. No, not that one thing! I’m talking about harvesting the crops. more »»

It’s not a bird or a plane, its a farm UAV!

August 29, 2014 MANKATO — Most people think Aerial Drones as something used on the battlefield, but what about a cornfield? Farm Intelligence out of Mankato has been using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the... more »»

Empty nesting can be hot and spicy

August 29, 2014 People always want to know how things are going on the farm. They ask about how calves are doing, how the weather is affecting crops and of, course, about the family. more »»

A surprised Farm Family of the Year

August 29, 2014 SLEEPY EYE — Being recognized as one of the Minnesota Farm Families of the Year 2014 came as a total surprise for the two brothers Michael (Mike) and Dan Steffl, as well as Dan’s wife Lisa of Sleepy... more »»

High tech farming means more yield, less labor

August 29, 2014 SLEEPY EYE — New, advanced farming systems available in equipment platforms are designed for higher yields, lower costs and less labor, according to manufacturer. more »»

Many differences in US, German agriculture

August 29, 2014 (EDITOR’S NOTE: Elena Kretschmer is the Hans Joohs Exchange Program intern visiting New Ulm from Germany and working at The Journal this summer. more »»

Finally, we are empty nesters

August 22, 2014 Starting today Steve and I are starting another chapter in our life. And we couldn’t be happier. more »»

Nicollet County Fair Results

August 15, 2014 2014 NICOLLET COUNTY FAIR 4-H WINNERS ST. PETER — The 2014 Nicollet County Fair has been completed. more »»

Brown County Fair 4-H Results

August 15, 2014 2014 Brown County 4-H Results Non-Livestock Livestock Interviews Grades 6-8 BGC= Ben Nachreiner RC= Mallory Drake H= Sophia Portner H= Haily Green Livestock Interviews Grades 6-8 GC= Crystal Portne... more »»

Tiny is big in our world

August 15, 2014 The miracle of birth on the farm amazes me. more »»

Farming and gambling

August 8, 2014 Sometimes I just feel like reaching around and patting myself on the back for being such a great mother to Joey and Russell. more »»

It’s show time again

August 1, 2014 It’s the week before the Brown County Free Fair, which means it’s time to start getting heifers and cows trained to walk while wearing a halter. more »»

I’m driving semi now

July 25, 2014 I’m always up for a challenge. So when Steve dared me to drive the semi Wednesday morning, you can bet I was in 100 percent. Daring me to attempt something always ensures that I will participat. more »»

Country living in low-crime area

July 18, 2014 Well, I thought I lived on the safe side of the Minnesota River. I mean, I know that the area of St. more »»

World traveling is finished

July 11, 2014 I’m back. Finally. It’s good to totally get away and spread my wings, but it’s just as good to return to Minnesota and my quiet, rural home. I thoroughly enjoyed my little globe-trotting adventur. more »»

The New Ulm globe-trotters

July 3, 2014 Editor’s note: Kerry Hoffman is on vacation. This column was run previously in The Journal. Well, Joey and I are globe-trotters for the next week. more »»

Russell issues failing grade to his parents

June 27, 2014 Our son issued a failing grade to Steve and me last Friday night. He was referring to our actions after the Cathedral Greyhounds football game against the Springfield Tiger. more »»

Look how far we’ve come

June 20, 2014 Steve and I were chatting about a lot of things the other day. We talked about how we are going to stand firm that Joe needs to find an off-farm job for a time, before he comes home to milk cows. more »»



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