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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 »»

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 »»



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