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Easter eggs and ham

April 21, 2017 — It's a good thing I like hard-boiled eggs and that they are good for me because I have a lot of Easter eggs to consume. My grandkids love to color eggs and eat them, but they don't like them when they're hard-boiled. It's been a […]

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Sanders: Foodies

April 21, 2017 — It takes a lot of different personalities to make up this old world and for some reason many are related to food. Have you ever known someone that was just so nice, never had an opinion to be shared, laughed at the right times and […]

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Sundling: The Jack-E-Up and Trailer Legs

April 21, 2017 — I've found and tested a couple of new trailer accessories, both made in the USA: Jack-E-Up, the better way to use your trailer jack. Stop bending your trailer jack, protect your truck's tailgate and protect your SUV's lift gate. Less jacking, less cranking and less […]

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Black: Landscaping

April 21, 2017 — Genie noticed the bottle of Jack Daniels on the kitchen table when she got home late that night. Like most lettuce farmers, if whiskey was kept in the house, it was not usually kept on the kitchen table. She marched in the bedroom to find […]

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Yield: Some “heavy ideas” courtesy of Jay Esse

April 21, 2017 — This is the kind of story I love. A true story that actually happened to a dear friend of mine, ol' Lon G. Horner. Lon, a long-time local breeder of Longhorn cattle and an equally long leader of that breed association, attended a breed sale […]

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The dog’s house

April 21, 2017 — Nineteenth century Indians had some great ideas. The Cherokees didn't waste money on lawyers and messy divorces; a Cherokee woman could divorce her husband merely by throwing his stuff out of the teepee. That's what my mom did. Then she put the old dog to […]

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Hanks: Growing up in West Texas

April 21, 2017 — I suppose, gentle readers, that we are all products of our environment. That's what I have come to believe over the years. As a child, I lived in an oilfield camp until I turned 18 and left home. It was customary for kids to either […]

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The cattle ranchers fight song

April 21, 2017 — So many organizations have theme songs or fight songs or marching songs or love songs or ballads of praise songs. It's time cattle ranchers had a melody they can sing, hum, warble, recite or growl during calving season. Feel free to add verses whenever the […]

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Corn farmers deserve to be a part of Earth Day’s environmental-progress celebrations

April 20, 2017 — It seems as though Earth Day comes and goes each year with great dialogue about how various corners of society are taking steps forward in environmental stewardship, but without any acknowledgement of the corn producer's role in that progress. In that regard, I can't let […]

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Fooled by fake news

April 14, 2017 — I was a victim of fake news last week. Embarrassing, yes. End of the world, no. I saw a story on Facebook about Adam Sandler, who was passing by Grand Forks, N.D., in a rental car. He had some mechanical issues and was stopped by […]

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Hanks: Cute stories concerning marriage

April 14, 2017 — How is your marriage or relationship going Buckwheat? Just askin'. If you have ever been present when I was entertaining, you may have heard this story once before. A couple goes in for counseling at the wife's request concerning their present relationship. The doc takes […]

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Sanders: Heightened Awareness

April 14, 2017 — After our younger son, Neil, served two tours in Iraq as a U.S. Army infantry officer, I wondered if he would have any lingering affects. As you might imagine I — his mom — have never heard the war stories. Those tales are reserved for […]

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Pitts: Ask the StyleMaster

April 14, 2017 — It's been awhile (30 years) since I, the god of good taste, answered your many questions regarding what's in style. It's quite natural that you'd seek guidance from such a fashion forward expert as myself. By the way, I learned that term, "fashion forward", the […]

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Views from I-90

April 14, 2017 — Western, agricultural-based small towns are finding themselves attempting to attract travelers, tourists and new businesses to improve their economy. Big Timber, Montana, Sweet Grass County, is home to a wealth of cattle ranchers, sheep ranchers, horse and mule raisers and plain pig farmers. The town's […]

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Yield: Long-awaited answers about Damphewmore Acres

April 14, 2017 — Talk about a week of crummy weather! We've had it here in the Flint Hills. More than 5 inches of rain, temps in the 40s and 50s, cloudy and windy all the time. Where's that 90-degree day we had in February? ••• I don't know […]

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Black: Pick it out

April 14, 2017 — The newspaper photo showed them leaning into the harmony like four caroling coyotes! The caption named the pickers and said they were members of a new country singing group. It announced that they would be playing at the Dairy Queen on Thursday. The owner explained […]

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Trump Administration should unshackle further innovation in ag biotechnology by rolling back undue regulations

April 14, 2017 — WASHINGTON — Overly cautious regulations that contravene decades of academic research and ignore the lessons from massive real-world experience are stifling innovation in plant and animal improvement, said the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The Trump administration should roll back overly precautionary regulations to encourage […]

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Avoiding probate with beneficiary designations: Part 1

April 14, 2017 — Probate can be costly, time-consuming and subjects your personal information to public record. Completing a beneficiary form is a simple way to avoid probate on specific assets by designating who will receive the asset upon their death. Several types of assets can be transferred through […]

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Car trouble

April 7, 2017 — The other day I passed by a car sitting on the side of the road and two people had the hood popped and were looking at the engine. I had to laugh because I always do that. If my vehicle won't start or there is […]

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Hanks: The joy, or lack of, in fixing fence

April 7, 2017 — In a book that I wrote and had published some 20 years ago, I realized after I put them out for sale that the publisher had mistakenly quoted me as saying that I had worked on or personally built or repaired over 200 miles of […]

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