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  • 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.
  • Monday, July 15, 2019 10:47 AM
        My favorite thing to do on a warm summer day is to go to a youth dairy show. There is nothing better than being ringside, watching the clean, sleek, carefully prepared animals parading around the ring led by enthusiastic 4-H, FFA or other youth.
  • Monday, June 10, 2019 9:46 AM
        What do National Dairy Month, food insecurity, doing laundry and finding bright spots on the horizon have in common? Let me explain.
  • Monday, May 13, 2019 10:08 AM
        At first I thought I would write my column about struggles versus opportunities. My idea was something along the lines of a person should take advantage of opportunities to expand horizons, go outside of their comfort zone and learn new things when chances come along.
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