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Newsy week in agriculture

June 23, 2017 — There was a lot of news in the agricultural arena last week. The lawsuit pitting Beef Products Inc. against ABC Broadcasting and reporter Jim Avila has all the trappings of a David vs. Goliath tale (pages 18-19). And the stakes, potentially $5.7 billion, — yes, […]

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Hanks: Handy hints from the O-NO Ranch

June 23, 2017 — As a casual observer of the human condition and someone who's made a good many "horseback observations," I would like to share with you a few jewels I have gathered up over the years. It was always important to me to be organized at branding […]

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Pitts: The Red Bluff miracle

June 23, 2017 — It has been said that the only difference between a fairy tale and a cowboy story is that the fairy tale begins, "Once upon a time," and the cowboy story begins, "This is a true story … really." Well, this is a true story … […]

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Sanders: The life of a farm wife

June 23, 2017 — What is the physical heart of your home? Ours — and likely most farm homes — is the kitchen. It is the first room anyone enters. That's where we gather around our corn stove on cold days and cool off on hot ones. It's the […]

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Petersen: The ‘Wretched Mess Press Gazette’

June 23, 2017 — Buzz publications are popping up everywhere. These — usually monthly — periodicals contain quips, quotes, recipes, cartoons, statistics and a bunch of other entertaining tidbits. I suspect much of the material is harvested from the all-knowing, all-powerful, all-resourceful, interplanetary internet. You can find these cutesy […]

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Yield: Coffee shop humor

June 23, 2017 — Whew! We've had a yo-yo bout of weather the last 48 hours at Damphewmore Acres. On Friday, my New Mexico fishin' buddy, ol' Albie Kirky, and I were fishing in a watershed and the temperature wuz in the mid-90s with humidity so high that you […]

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Weathering the storms

June 16, 2017 — Tales of gale-force winds, tornadoes and pea-to softball-sized hail have been at the top of the news for the last few weeks. In fact, my husband and I were in Cheyenne, Wyo., at our daughter and son-in-law's house on Sunday before the big Monday hailstorm […]

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Wheat Montana

June 16, 2017 — While filling my grocery cart, I found a new-to-me flour called "Wheat Montana" with that logo prominently displayed. Having used the store or major brands for years I wasn't prepared for the awesome difference. The dough has a delicate feel, a softness in texture that […]

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Procrastinate now

June 16, 2017 — Today or not today, that is the question. Will you finally fix the toilet your wife has been nagging you about, or will you man-up, offer up a flimsy excuse and live to plunge another day? I hate to admit this men, but I'm not […]

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Hanks: Daddy

June 16, 2017 — My dad, "Daddy" was one of the better Hanks' boys if not the very best of that crop. With seven brothers to compete with in a time when Tom Horn (famous Wyoming enforcer for rich ranchers) had only been hung a few years before my […]

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Yield: Jerry Zingers

June 16, 2017 — I've finally got my gardens in pretty decent shape, but at a cost. I've worked so hard in them that I think I'm achy all over, but I won't know until tomorrow for sure. *** One of the regulars at our Old Boars' Breakfast club, […]

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Review of grouse plan must emphasize multi-use and states

June 16, 2017 — Late yesterday (June 7), U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, signed Secretarial Order 3353 to improve sage-grouse conservation and strengthen communication and collaboration between state and federal governments. "The Colorado Cattlemen's Association; representing private, state and federal lands grazers affected by Greater Sage Grouse […]

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Black: Handyman Jacks

June 16, 2017 — People develop a morbid relationship with the most unlikely things. "Git rid of that horse, Newt! It's bound to kill ya someday!" But Newt keeps saddlin' up the widow maker. "Don't be eatin' those chilis, Newt! Ya know they'll keep you up all night!" But […]

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Teaching honor

June 9, 2017 — We have two sons. One lives near us and ranches, the other lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., where his wife is completing her residency in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation, which will have her working with pain management and rehab of brain damaged children. She […]

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Yield: On the road again

June 9, 2017 — Well, it's been hard to get back in the harness to write this column since I wrote a month's worth in advance in May so I could have some "time off" for fun and travel. But the vacation is over and I've procrastinated as long […]

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Pitts: As I recall

June 9, 2017 — What are you in for?" asked the cold-looking culprit, as if this was my first day in prison and he was to be my new best friend; my cell mate. But we weren't in jail, we were in the lobby of the dealership where we […]

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Petersen: A friendly interstate rivalry

June 9, 2017 — As do other states that neighbor with one another, Montana and North Dakota have a dumb-jokes exchange going. Which is to say, Montana jokes make fun of North Dakotan activities and people and North Dakota does the same but targets Montana foibles and folks. Here's […]

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Black: Sandhills savior

June 9, 2017 — In the sandhills of Nebraska stands a monument of wills Where man has staked his claim to them blowin', rollin' hills Where the buffalo once scattered in the bunch grass, belly deep, A whiteface calf, contented, sucks his mama, half asleep. But you cannot know […]

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Hanks: Raggedy Ann and Ralph Lauren

June 9, 2017 — Raggedy Ann was the project of a feller from back in 1880 until 1938. I didn't know the little darlin' was quite that old. I always figured she was a product of the "depression years" so little kids wouldn't feel so bad about not having […]

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Container gardening again

June 9, 2017 — I have planted my container garden and am eagerly awaiting fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peas and beans. Container gardening is not my preferred method of growing vegetables. When I lived in North Dakota, I had a huge garden and always had enough produce to share with […]

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