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Mader: Kiowa Creek Flood of 1935

April 20, 2018 — Both of my great-grandparents were born on farms in the early 1900s shortly after their parents immigrated to the United States from Germany. They met north of Bennett, Colo., and married in the 1920s. Like most families during that time, they were very poor. My

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Yield: A couple pranksters

April 20, 2018 — My story about the Washington state ranching couple who pulled pranks on "gun free" retailers in the Seattle area, prompted a response from ol' Lowe Beamer from Nebraska. Lowe wrote: "A couple years ago when your Platte City, Mo., buddy Canby Handy, came out to

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Hanks: Fearing Friday the 13th

April 20, 2018 — Actually, I hardly give it a thought on this Friday the 13th as I write this column. I mean, I'm thinking about it of course, because I'm writing about it, right? I am not concerned a freaky clown will burst in from the kitchen and

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Pitts: The cowboy arts

April 20, 2018 — I'm proud to say that I was a vocational student, even though the rest of my high school looked down on us and we were quarantined far from the regular campus. Teachers and school administrators weren't used to straight-A students and the smartest kid in

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Black: I was only trying to help

April 20, 2018 — It is a wonder that some vet students don't get discouraged. I don't mean from the grueling hours of study, the four years without sleep or the daunting specter of trying to cram 10 metric tons of knowledge into a six-ounce brain. No, I mean

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In a Sow’s Ear: The annual horse drive

April 20, 2018 — Each year, proceeds from the annual horse drive event in Gardiner, Mont., benefits a worthy cause. This year the drive will allocate the money to buy chairs for wounded and disabled military men and women. In case you're not familiar with the horse drive, it

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Sanders: Location, Location, Location

April 13, 2018 — No, I'm not selling real estate, I am just enjoying where we live. Don't tell anyone but South Dakota is an undiscovered gem. The entire state is home to fewer than 750,000 residents. We have no state income tax. We know and address all three

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Yield: Tractor versus garage

April 13, 2018 — I never hesitate to pass along in my column information about the dumb-dumb things that aggie folks do that turn out funny — or somewhat humorous and costly. So, I'd be a real hypocrite if I failed to pass along a humorous and costly dumb-dumb

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Computer gremlins strike

April 13, 2018 — Mildred drove over to her friend Gladys' ranch and stomped into her kitchen. Mildred: Gladys? … I gotta use your computer. Gladys: Well, uh, sure, but what's the matter with yours? Mildred: Furthermore, I hate, loathe and despise computers. Gladys: Wow. tell me how you

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Hanks: The perils of being a rancher’s wife

April 13, 2018 — So, maybe ladies some of you who have not lived on ranches often pondered what being a cowboy's or rancher's wife would be like. I can tell you. I can tell you of "Little Miss Martha's" experiences on some of her "not so better days."

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Pitts: Making ‘The Change’

April 13, 2018 — It's come to my attention that lately there's been an influx of dairymen into the cattle business due to low milk prices. For many, making "The Change" has brought great joy because some dairymen felt there always was a cowboy or cowgirl hiding inside a

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Black: The day the ranch changed hands

April 13, 2018 — I first met the crew in the bunkhouse the day that we bought the four D's. I'd come in that night after supper and found 'em all takin' their ease. My job was to count all the cattle and stay till the transfer was done.

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Petersen: Delia and Delbert

April 6, 2018 — Have you been to your high school reunion? Delia has. This is her story. When Delia was tripping over the beginning of her teen years — she was maybe 12 or 13 — there was a young boy in her elementary school who had a

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Rakde: The livestock industry’s voice in the conversation about antibiotics

April 6, 2018 — Antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasingly hot button topic, and the livestock industry is going to continue to be a huge part of the discussion moving forward. As a whole, the industry has already made great strides in doing our part. With the introduction of

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Hanks: Free range children

April 6, 2018 — First off, gentle readers, let me hope that y'all had a blessed Easter! Moving on … I recently watched a documentary about the ravages of World War I after Hitler was defeated. The devastation in Poland, Germany, the UK and all of the eastern block

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Pitts: The Meatless Wonder

April 6, 2018 — "Do not condemn the judgement of another because it differed from your own. You may both be wrong." — Dandamis The biggest problem I had when leaving high school was that for four years the FFA had consumed my life and then, suddenly, I had

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Black: The new head catch

April 6, 2018 — It was a fairly nice day for Cut Bank in early April. A little breeze blowin' off the reservation, the sun about the color of skimmed milk and the creek startin' to show the runoff. That afternoon, Myron had spotted one of his cows with

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Petersen: Government help

March 30, 2018 — Being a rancher means: … you have an "organic" connection to the land every single day and lots of nights. … unless you're a movie star, it takes a second job to support your ranch. Which is why many ranchers and most horseshoers marry school

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Sanders: Earning your paycheck

March 30, 2018 — A local restaurateur said their company has hired over 35 employees in the past three years they have been in business. The high number represents turnover due to less than stellar employees. They simply were not willing to put forth effort of working, or for

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Pitts: Soymanella Poisoning

March 30, 2018 — I don't know about you but I became a little irritated when I read that two of the three largest meat processors have made sizable investments in upstarts that produce fake meat. So, in addition to all the other things we have to worry about,

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