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The yellow plate

September 13, 2019

One of the more thought-provoking classes the extension service did in the past had a title like “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Plate.” Of course, it has to do with inheritances, making life simpler for the...


Scholarship opportunity

September 6, 2019

Now that school is back in session I’m betting there are juniors and seniors who are wondering what they are going to do after graduation. They’ve heard all of the talk about deep student debt...


Summering for a farm wife

August 30, 2019

Farm and ranch wives do all sorts of jobs — being employed in town or staying at home — it’s all work. Gals who stay at home range from working outside all day to being...


Grimsby

August 22, 2019

This is a perfectly Grimsby day, I thought to myself the other morning as I looked out the window. Grimsby? Yes, and there is a tale to go with it. Way back in my college...


Sustainable ag

August 15, 2019

The term “sustainable agriculture” is frequently bantered about. When I first heard it being discussed, it seemed logical to me that “sustainable agriculture” simply meant an agricultural producer who managed to stay in business over...


Sandhills and rivers

August 9, 2019

The Nebraska Sandhills are vast (stretching across 265 miles, they consist of 19,330 square miles), utilized at its highest and best use (95% of the land is pasture rangeland), and most of all, they are...


Organization in cooking

August 2, 2019

A Reader’s Digest article from many years ago struck a chord and stayed with me. It concerned a woman who had been out of the workforce for several years while she raised a family. Once...


Culture gap

July 25, 2019

Arriving at the rural school late to pick up our sons after a farm parts run to the city, I found a note on the schoolhouse door. “I took the boys home with me,” signed,...


Safety ideas

July 19, 2019

I’ve got a question that was prompted after my niece told me about a safe driving course she attended while she was a sales representative for a drug company, a drug pusher if you will....


Young Citizens League

July 11, 2019

For those who went to a rural school in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota or Colorado, you may have gotten your first formal training in citizenship through Youth Citizens League or YCL. Recalling my days...


Gift to the graduates and everyone else

July 5, 2019

Graduation season brings out advice for graduates and the thoughts actually apply to everyone. Local Facebook chat rooms often have posts by people seeking employment. Maybe some of these suggestions will help. When looking for...


Internet discoveries

June 28, 2019

You know those lists that show up while you are on Facebook? I’m talking about the ones that give the safest towns, the most interesting town names, the best just about anything you can think...


Old days meet new ways

June 20, 2019

Although the calendar reminds us we are no longer living in the Old West of the 1800s and early 1900s, vestiges of the past are still in use. The contrasts may not be as vast...


Things we say

June 14, 2019

Nearly every acceptance speech known to recent man includes the words, “I am humbled by this award.” As sometimes happens, the word is incorrectly used, likely for the simple reason that “everyone is doing it.”...


Pop Wagner, cinch Maker and folksinger

June 14, 2019

Pop Wagner of St. Paul, Minn., brought his talents of teaching mohair cinch making and singing old cowboy songs during a week-long stay in Hot Springs, S.D. Terry Slagel, owner of Fall River Fibers, which...


Tales turn into ‘facts’

May 31, 2019

When something is repeated often enough it may be believed and elevated to fact. That something could be a lie, a misunderstanding, an opinion, a rumor or even an unsubstantiated piece of history. One of...


Idioms

May 24, 2019

English has many phrases and sentences that are commonly understood by native speakers but can confuse those who are new to English. We call them sayings or idioms and they are not literal. A good...


The meaning of Memorial Day

May 17, 2019

Believe it or not Memorial Day was not created so furniture stores would have another excuse for the “sale of a lifetime,” nor for Americans to have a three-day weekend. The history behind the day...


Common syndrome

May 10, 2019

I have determined that I have a syndrome and I’d like to tell you about it. But first, I need to go start a load of laundry. While I was downstairs with laundry anyway I...


Wise words

May 3, 2019

Quotes and bumper stickers, or bumper snickers as some people call them, can pack of punch with zingers that make one think. It is amazing how much can be expressed in a few short words....