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  • Monday, May 11, 2020 12:56 PM
        Chloe, our farm dog, is narrating her take on her job at our dairy for this month’s column. (My apologies to Spencer Quinn, author of the “Chet and Bernie Mystery Series” where the dog in the crime-solving duo, Chet, narrates the stories and where I found this idea.)
  • Monday, April 13, 2020 2:46 PM
        Clear my head. My thoughts and ideas do not seem to jell these days with so much of life upended by COVID-19 pandemic information and the ensuing changes.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:31 AM
        March is a month with a lot of waiting involved. The term holding pattern comes to mind. It is a state of inaction with no progress and no change, or when airplanes are circling back and forth waiting to land, according to my online research.
  • Monday, February 10, 2020 2:14 PM
        To find a statement about sustainably-produced food, one must only look as far as the nearest cereal box or energy bar in your pantry.
  • Sunday, January 12, 2020 5:59 PM
        It is the start of a new decade and with it comes lists of items to boost our self-improvement. My list is called lessons from Polka with compliments from a cow whose backstory follows.
  • Monday, December 9, 2019 10:35 AM
        How can it be December already? In the nick of time, the guys tucked the last corn stalk bale into the rows with the other 200 bales, cleaned up and parked the equipment in the machine sheds for the season, and wrestled sidewall curtains back into place on the north sides of the heifer and cow barns for the winter winds to come.
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 8:51 AM
        “I’ve been doing genial labor all of my life.”
        That statement jumped off of the application for the work of milking cows and scraping manure at our farm. It was written by an 18-year-old we recently hired.
  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 12:53 PM
        Stories have always been an important part of my life. As a child and the youngest by nine years of five children, my older siblings read storybooks to me every day.
  • Monday, September 16, 2019 4:45 PM
        Fall is here with the cooler night temperatures, the mellow gloaming light of September evenings and later sunrises for morning chores. This time of year always makes me feel nostalgic for my fall University of Minnesota dairy judging team experience.

  • Monday, August 12, 2019 9:41 AM
        I have been excited about recycling and energy use since the ‘70s when I first started thinking about our planet’s limited resources during the energy crisis. I have always collected our household recyclables, driving them across St. Paul to the recycling center when living there in the ‘80s.
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