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  • Monday, October 12, 2020 10:18 AM
        Forages are all tucked in for the season at our dairy so there is a bit of time to breath before grain harvest and corn stalk bales. I was mostly caught up with calf barn work, so I decided to find a volunteer opportunity. I like to help in the community, and I have had the Nicollet County Food Box give away on my radar.
  • Monday, September 14, 2020 9:01 AM
        On a warm or sometimes crisp, golden September day, I would rush off the bus from elementary school, change and head outside because it was silage-making time on our small dairy.
  • Monday, August 10, 2020 9:18 AM
        “Mom, you’re in your fair mode,” accused my daughter a few days ago as I reminded our 4-H dairy lease kids that they would need proper white show pants.
  • Monday, July 13, 2020 1:41 PM
        Flashback to 30 years ago. We were milking in a 61-cow tiestall barn and contemplating building a freestall barn with a parlor.
  • Monday, June 15, 2020 9:32 AM
        June Dairy Month is different this year. While dairy farmers usually plan, attend and hold celebrations on farms, most have been canceled. Yet, there are many positives coming out of these uncertain times where dairy farmers have risen up to help and provide.
  • 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.
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