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Recent Stories by Peggy Sanders, Freelance Writer

Sanders: The miracle of rain

May 18, 2018 — We have had a little rain this week, enough to wake things up and create mud in the yard. Rainwater is the best source for vegetation as it is 100 percent soft water. That is all it is. Falling from the sky, it has no

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Sanders: Realities of Small Businesses

May 11, 2018 — People who have always worked for someone else have a distorted perception of what it is like to own a business. They may see customers writing checks for large amounts and assume the owner is making a great profit. A wage earner who has never

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Sanders: Calving conundrums

May 4, 2018 — During a heavy winter like we've had this year, many wonder why cattlemen calve when it is cold. Choosing when to calve is always a gamble for cattlemen. It is a personal decision based on what works best for the farm/ranch as a whole. Although

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Sanders: Changing crops and machinery

April 27, 2018 — Many in agricultural production believe in the idea that each producer should be able to choose the method of work, the seeds and the crops used; others are adamant that it is their way or the highway, insisting organic is the only acceptable way and

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Sanders: Technological age

April 20, 2018 — Do you feel lost when hearing technology discussions? Do terms like Bluetooth, TiVo, PCU, HDTV and mega pixels make you wonder if you have suddenly been transferred to another planet? You can have a good idea of someone's age without seeing them if you ask

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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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Sanders: Family matters

April 6, 2018 — It started out innocently enough. Ira and Harriet Tillotson homesteaded southeast of Cascade Falls, near Hot Springs, S.D., in 1883. The land is the oldest farm in Fall River County that is still in the original family. This story has to do with the descendants.

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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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Sanders: Why garden?

March 23, 2018 — Right after Christmas the gardening catalogs started arriving. Talk about marketing genius! We know it's winter, yet we yearn for spring. We read the catalogs and almost believe we can grow flowers and other plants that will look that good. As long as we can

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Sanders: Feng Shui in the cow lot

March 16, 2018 — March is National Ag Month and it's a great time to ponder some of the challenges with which agricultural producers contend. The weather is one of the factors neither men nor women can control, so we just keep telling ourselves that every flake of snow

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Sanders: Gram-isms

March 9, 2018 — Thinking back on the years spent with my paternal grandmother I recall her fun ways with words that my family calls Gram-isms, and though not original with her, they bring back good memories. The first one that comes to mind is, "A lick and a

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Sanders: Returning the favor

March 2, 2018 — If you listen to the news you could conclude that there is nothing good going on in our country. That would be wrong. Generosity abounds but since it is not "newsworthy" it was rarely reported, until now. Mike Rowe (his old program was "Dirty Jobs")

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Sanders: Adversity

February 23, 2018 — They say adversity brings out the best in people, and considering the current conditions in our locale I tend to agree. We have had snow upon snow upon snow. We do welcome the moisture as we see surrounding areas that are heavily impacted by drought.

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SD entrepreneurs use alfalfa to make feed cubes for horses

February 22, 2018 — One of the principles to being a successful entrepreneur is creating a product or service that is unique. That is exactly what Dale Anderson did when he set out to make compressed feed cubes, known as cake, in his manufacturing plant east of Oral, S.D.

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Sanders: A calf and a hair dryer

February 15, 2018 — Several years ago we sold our cows to our older son. During calving we are available to him as back-up help, especially during the week when his wife is at work and their kids are in school. We've had a foot of snow and cold

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Sanders: Small town living

February 9, 2018 — In the early 1970s, while a student at the Sorbonne in Paris — a city of 10 million, at that time — I saw how a city could be akin to a small town. We had two cafes that we frequented, where we were known

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Armadillo Acres in South Dakota grows into lamb business

February 7, 2018 — January 2015 was a good year for Kim Allen, originally from Mississippi, and John Green who worked in the gas and oil industry in Colorado. That was the year they purchased a quarter section of land, complete with a house, a good, old barn and

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Sanders: The not so merry go-round

February 2, 2018 — Here we go again, and again. Agriculture is in the gun sights of some groups, and we ag producers can see the scopes. We have come under fire about ag education courses, lean beef trimmings and GMOs. First, and this must have come as a

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Sanders: Why walk?

January 26, 2018 — Just because a question is asked it should not provoke readers to wrath, but rather to search their souls for responses, perhaps even think about the question, consider alternative thoughts and even explain their actions to others. Every time there is another walk to raise

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Sanders: Delivering the goods

January 19, 2018 — In the days before we had Enhanced 911 addressing with street signs way out in the country, when I ordered something from a company in a city, they insisted UPS would not deliver to anything other than a street address. At the time, we had

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