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Gordon Chavis — A happy hustler with stories To tell
Gordon Chavis — A happy hustler with stories To tell

April 5, 2019

Disquietingly diverse yarns and historical accounts agree Jack Slade was infamous for his untamed temper. One of the towns that best knew the colorful Old West character was Virginia Dale, Colo. Born Joseph Alfred Slade...


Colorado welder has been honing his skills for 40 years
Colorado welder has been honing his skills for 40 years

April 1, 2019

Bill “Three Feathers” Bunting learned to weld in high school ag class and as a necessity on the southeastern Colorado ranch of his youth. Welding corrals eventually turned into teaching himself to make knives, spurs...





Hereford breeders honored for 50 years in the business

November 8, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In celebration of 50 years in the Hereford business, Hereford breeders were recognized for their commitment as Golden Breeders on Oct. 26, during the American Hereford Association Hereford Honorees Reception in...


History comes to life at Boggsville Days in Colorado
History comes to life at Boggsville Days in Colorado

November 5, 2018

History was brought back to life by the Bent County Historical Society at Boggsville Days. Boggsville is just two miles south of Las Animas, Colo., and is gaining ground as a historical site without any...



A high-fiber diet keeps this business running smoothly
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...



When men knitted: A surprising history
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....


Custom saddle maker learns from years of experience
Custom saddle maker learns from years of experience

September 13, 2018

Dan Flower still remembers the first saddle he ever made working for one of the premier saddle makers in the U.S. A customer had requested two roughout saddles for prizes at a trophy roping on...



A look at Windsor Colo.’s sugar beet heritage
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...




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...


KeSa Quarter Horses to hold dispersal sale
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...



Brody Cress makes history at 122nd Cheyenne Frontier Days
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.,...