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Recent Stories by Peggy Sanders, Freelance Writer

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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Sanders: History of the history conference

January 12, 2018 — Custer County, S.D., has an active historical society and during the school year they hold monthly history programs. After my book, "The Civilian Conservation Corps In and Around the Black Hills" was out, they asked me to come and present at a meeting. As long

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Sanders: Raconteurs and Writers

January 5, 2018 — I come from a long line of raconteurs and writers. My great-grandmother, Hattie Tillotson, wrote a lengthy story about when they moved from Cambridge, Story County, Iowa, to Cascade, Dakota Territory. They had land in Iowa and then established a farm and a good-sized orchard

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Sanders: Harris team ropers

December 29, 2017 — Everyone knows the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was held at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas recently. What may not be common knowledge is that the World Series of Team Roping is held during the same time frame. The words 'world series' gives

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Sanders: Firsts

December 22, 2017 — Firsts happen all the time in our lives — first grade, first child, first hay crop, first car and all the rest that could be listed. A few firsts stand out in my life. Some happened long ago while one is current. The first —

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Santa Claus, Dan Mosier and Johnnie the Watchdog

December 21, 2017 — During the Great Depression years — the late 1920s to early 1940s — there was much deprivation across the U.S. In the southwestern corner of South Dakota, Santa Claus found things especially challenging. Families had so little and parents knew Christmas would not change that.

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Sanders: Small-town businesses

December 1, 2017 — Doing business in a small town has its own rewards, and not all of them can be measured in financial terms. Last week, my husband took a broken hydraulic hose to get a replacement. Due to the fact that the hoses require specific ends, or

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Sanders: Do it yourself

November 9, 2017 — DYI projects are all the rage. They are great and fun when a person can enjoy doing them and end up with a good outcome. Yet, there are certain jobs that are best left to professionals and for good reason. Say I buy the wrong

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Sanders: Weather worries

November 3, 2017 — Is there another year round profession that is more weather dependent than farming? Rain is welcome and good, except when everything is already soggy or when the hay has been cut and is waiting to be stacked or baled. However, few farmers would ever say,

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Sanders: Rangeview

October 27, 2017 — Volunteering makes the world go around and usually it is easy to work it into our schedules. Many emergency responders have no set schedule in that they are self-employed and everyday can be different, especially for farmers and ranchers. Emergencies are not scheduled either! In

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Sanders: Three women and three books

September 22, 2017 — What better way to have the stories of farm and ranch women than to have them write their own, then assemble them into a series of anthologies? Three ranch women did just that and the resulting books remain my go-to books when I want to

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Sanders: A buffet story

July 14, 2017 — What would you do if you were given a billion dollars to use for philanthropy? Who would you help? Would you teach people so they could help themselves? In an amazing book book, "40 Chances," Howard G. Buffet — son of the Oracle of Omaha,

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Sanders: Landmarks and Names

March 24, 2017 — Do you name your farm fields? Some operations number their fields, but we're not that sophisticated so we refer to fields for various reasons. My brother calls one the Funky Field due to the fact that it was planted with Funk's seed corn several years

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Woman returns to her hometown in Buffalo Gap, S.D., to run the grain elevator

March 24, 2017 — Once a town loses its school and churches, the grain elevator becomes the community-gathering place. That's how it happened in Buffalo Gap, S.D. In this case, the "community" covers roughly 50 miles in any direction in southwest South Dakota. Rancher Feed and Seed has been

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Pioneer woman paves name for Oklahoma town

January 13, 2017 — If you think your small town is not going to ever be on the map, take a look at Pawhuska, Okla., population 3,636. This is the town where The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, opened her newest endeavor called The Mercantile on Oct. 31. Ree and

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