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Porcelain Doll pumpkin variety is bringing used to fund benefit breast cancer research

October 26, 2018 — Jacob Froese said the development of the pink pumpkin variety known as Porcelain Doll was serendipitous. Created unintentionally, the Froese family, Cheraw, Colo., worked backward to segregate the original pink pumpkin and develop seeds for distribution. Colorado Seeds, the Froese's seed breeding company, distributes Porcelain

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A high-fiber diet keeps this business running smoothly

October 25, 2018 — There's a shortage of animal fiber processing plants in the United States, said Donovan Warnick, owner of The Fiber Mill in Wellington, Colo. He said that back in the 1960s, issues with taxation and wages drove the textile-related industry from mainland USA to offshore countries.

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When men knitted: A surprising history

September 22, 2018 — It rained hard and long one summer day about 43 years ago in Ontario, Canada. The dank weather squelched all outdoor activities on the Georgian Bay near Lake Huron and John Paul McKinney grew bored. His wife suggested he read another book. "Already have," he

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KeSa Quarter Horses ends a 30-Year ride along the genetics trail

September 4, 2018 — Serious horse buyers from around the country travelled to Colorado State University on Sept. 1, 2018, to attend the 21st Annual KeSa Quarter Horse Production Sale. This year's auction at CSU's Adams Atkinson Arena was even more exciting than past ones as it was also

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A look at Windsor Colo.’s sugar beet heritage

September 4, 2018 — A forlorn and rusted tractor seat. A dilapidated shanty. Scattered in fields and displayed in museums across Weld County, Colorado, remnants left by German-Russian farm laborers who helped usher in the sugar beet's 20th century hey-day in northern Colorado are still visible. Other indelible remnants

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South Dakota’s Reeves Quarter Horse breeding program leaves a legacy

August 27, 2018 — The Reeves Quarter Horse breeding program began in 1935 when 60 Thoroughbred mares were given to Arthur Reeves. Eighty-three years later, the original bloodlines are being carried on by Arthur's grandchildren as both Arthur and one of his sons, Dean Reeves, posthumously received the 50

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Kathy Sabine’s ag background makes her an important asset as a Colorado meteorologist

August 24, 2018 — Kathy Sabine, chief meteorologist for Denver's 9 News, knows Colorado weather matters to Colorado farmers and ranchers and that knowledge, paired with her background, makes her a port in the storm. Sabine, who has been on 9 News for 25 years and is on air

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Hand cornhusking returns to Gothenburg, Neb.

August 22, 2018 — The Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Competition started as a way to win bragging rights among ag workers; it continues as a way to preserve agricultural tradition. The 2018 event is set for Sept. 15 at Crop Tech Solutions just south of Gothenburg, Neb. "Everything changes

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KeSa Quarter Horses to hold dispersal sale

August 7, 2018 — Decades of equine genetics studies resulted in development of the award-winning equines for which the KeSa Quarter Horses program is well-noted. Countless hours, months and years combined to create consistent broodstock and promising foals that eager buyers sought out when building their own breeding programs.

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Colorado’s Douglas County Fair celebrated its 100 year anniversary

August 7, 2018 — DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colorado — The Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corp. was pleased to join the Douglas County Fair in celebrating the completion of its 100th Anniversary Fair event. The NWDCEDC hosted its Cowboy After Hours event on Aug. 3 in celebration of the occasion,

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Brody Cress makes history at 122nd Cheyenne Frontier Days

July 30, 2018 — CHEYENNE, Wyo. — It's been 86 years since a saddle bronc rider won back-to-back championships at Cheyenne Frontier Days, but local favorite Brody Cress was not intimidated by history. The 22-year-old from nearby Hillsdale, Wyo., won his hometown rodeo in 2017, an accomplishment that fueled

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151st year of state’s leading cattle organization to be led by longtime Colorado rancher

June 21, 2018 — Michael Hogue, longtime rancher from Steamboat Springs, Colo., stepped into his role as the 113th president of Colorado Cattlemen's Association. One goal Hogue has for his presidency is continuing the evaluation and implementation of CCA's new membership structure. He also wants to create more depths

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Nation’s pldest cattlemen’s association celebrates successful convention

June 20, 2018 — Colorado Cattlemen's Association and Colorado CattleWomen finished off the third and final day of their annual convention in Loveland, Colo., with over 400 people in attendance. To start the day off Tuesday, CCA hosted the first annual Ranching Legacy Symposium as part of their preview

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Colorado ranch celebrates 100 years since homestead

May 25, 2018 — A man, in 1938, was working nights as a watchman, overlooking a bridge development in southeastern Colorado. Raising 10 kids in Lamar, Colo., he was working for the town while three of his brothers-in-law and his sister-in-law were working on the land they homesteaded in

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West family’s Wyoming ranch history dates back to 1906

April 2, 2018 — Rockypoint may not be more than a small dot on the map to most people, but to the West family, that small dot in northern Campbell County, Wyoming, has been home since 1906 when Douglas West's grandfather and his siblings moved from north central Nebraska

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What’s facing Windsor: Jacoby Farm’s history and future

March 30, 2018 — Larry Jacoby spent most of his life working and living on Jacoby Farm near Windsor, Colo. Recently, Jacoby, now in his 70s, recounted some of those memories into a camera brought by Windsor-Severance Historical Society members. The society has compiled videos of life-long Windsor residents,

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Family and friends lay to rest the oldest Marine in Colorado

March 29, 2018 — For a moment on March 28, the sharp crack of gunfire in Sunset Memorial Gardens drowned out the rumble of traffic from nearby U.S. 34 and the frigid, biting wind. The seven soldiers facing the hardwood coffin and the fellows holding the United States flag

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Filming Feek’s Vision: Legendary stock contractor’s story documented in movie

March 28, 2018 — Feek Tooke's story evolved into something far bigger. The film, Feek's Vision, featuring interviews with rodeo names like Harry Vold, Larry Mahan, Ty Murray and many more, is set to premier Dec. 7, 2018, during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, 50 years

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GrazeNebraska: Kalkowski family committed to stewardship in Boyd County, Neb.

March 20, 2018 — In the 1950's Larry and Kay Lynn Kalkowski were teachers by trade, but it was their purchase of pasture and farmland in Boyd County, Nebraska, — in the north central part of the state bordering South Dakota — that became the best classroom for teaching

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Taubert Ranch Outitters closing its doors in Montana

March 16, 2018 — After 38 years in business, Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters in Billings, Mont., is closing its doors sometime this summer. It's not the end for Lou Taubert's legacy, nor was it the beginning. In 1919, C.W. Taubert created a mercantile in Fort Laramie, Wyo., selling turpentine,

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