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Opportunity

March 22, 2019 — Well, folks. The years have flown by. Remember back when? Back when every day presented a possibility for adventure? In those days, myself and my dog used to use weekends to explore as much of the state as possible. I drove a Volkswagen van equipped

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The people of Wyoming agriculture

March 22, 2019 — The agriculture industry in Wyoming plays a significant role in the success of our state. From the obvious economic benefits it brings to maintaining of the open spaces we all enjoy, agriculture is one of the main factors of what makes Wyoming great. This industry

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Prairie Thoughts

March 22, 2019 — When city people come to our farm the quiet almost scares them. If visitors grew up in the country but now live in a town or city, they comment favorably about the noiseless environment. We appreciate it every day. What is it about living in

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Mr. Truck goes to the NETA Work Truck Show

March 22, 2019 — I've always wanted go to the NTEA Work Truck Show. Finally went to it in Indianapolis, Ind., last week. Not an easy airport to fly to. Had to take a connecting flight from Denver to Houston to Indy and the way back was from Indy

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Spring has sprung

March 22, 2019 — Oh, my gosh. Spring has sprung. Ice and soil frost is gone. Mud has "set up" and not sloshy. The robins are passing through in force. The killdeers are back in the driveway and at the pond. The geese have headed north. I put my

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There’s work to be done

March 22, 2019 — Yep, there is work to be done after this big winter blow. I know all of us have our own story to tell about this awful blizzard. Here's mine. Yesterday in the midst of the big blow I went down to take care of my

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The high cost of being cheap

March 22, 2019 — Okay, I admit it: I'm the cheapest SOB who ever made soup out of a complimentary cup of hot water from McDonalds and a free packet of ketchup. My wife and I have been married for 44 years and we've owned a total of two

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The gift

March 22, 2019 — Seems like I ride a lot of borrowed horses. At folks' ranches or trail rides, ropings or brandings they mount me 'cause I'm usually a long way from home. I often bring my own saddle. They offer to lend me a saddle as well, but

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Angel in the Cowlot

March 15, 2019 — According to the song, "God must be a cowboy at heart." And His angels must have cattle knowledge too. Before we sold our cows to our older son, my husband did most of our calving. I was on standby. Our heifers, first time mommies, had

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How to deal with telemarketers

March 15, 2019 — Clyde and Agnes, a ranch couple in their older years, were enjoying another cup of morning coffee before getting on with the day's chores. The phone rang. Clyde got up to answer it — the landline phone mounted on the kitchen wall. Clyde: "Hello!" he

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It’s so wet …

March 15, 2019 — Folks, a year ago at this time I wuz scouring for comments about how long the drought wuz and how dry it wuz. Well, this year, naturally, I'm scouring for comments about how wet it is and how nasty and deep the mud is. That

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‘Everythin I Know I Learnt in Collage’

March 15, 2019 — Over 30 years ago Robert Fulghum wrote a short essay that overnight made him one of the most beloved writers in America. The essay was called "All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." It contained sage advice such as, "Share everything. Play

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Silence is not always golden

March 15, 2019 — There for sure are times when silence can be golden. At a funeral, in church, at any function when silence contributes to the betterment of whatever. Then again there are those times when you are in a situation where you wish SOMEBODY WOULD SAY SOMETHING!

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Positioned to return more value to wheat buyers and producers

March 8, 2019 — Recently, I was searching online for some wheat market information to share at an upcoming meeting. I saw a headline that asked: "What country exports the most wheat?" Great, I thought, here we go again with more propaganda about Russia beating the United States in

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Cooking lessons

March 8, 2019 — When I was in the eighth grade I won an essay contest; I'm not even sure who sponsored it but the people who picked out the prize must have waited to select it until after the winner was named. I say that because the prize

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Chuck and Roni

March 8, 2019 — For those of you, gentle readers, that haven't met or don't know my friends, Chuck and Roni Sylvester, I hope you get the chance. Chuck and Roni are the biscuits and gravy and that first cup of coffee at breakfast. They are Norman Rockwell's America.

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Wild women

March 8, 2019 — Sow's Ear Gwen Petersen Big Timber, Mont.

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Introducing ‘Can-Do Cowkids’

March 8, 2019 — I'm a ranch mom to three beautiful, rambunctious cowkids — Scarlett, Thorne and Croix. When I became a mom, I realized there were very few agriculturally accurate children's books available. More often than not, the cow was the main character and not the rancher. Even

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The Hunter’s Son

March 8, 2019 — This is the poem of the hunter's son as he tracks the woods alone And the beaver's revenge when he seeks to avenge the hunter's gauntlet thrown By choosing to pair with a grizzly bear, big, nasty and fully grown. He was raised in the

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Country mouse vs. city mouse

March 1, 2019 — Well, I've gotten myself into a rut recently by commenting upon humorous political happenings that fall into my proverbial lap. The most recent "media humor" getting my attention was supposed-humorist/comedian/newsperson Bill Maher. In one of his recent HBO TV shows, Mr. Maher tries to make

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