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The best thing they have done

HARMONY, Minn. — Madylan Wingert would rather be in 4-H than playing sports. “It’s my favorite thing to do,” Madylan said. “I have nothing else I really like more …

Recreating Char Dham

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — It is not every day that a cow is welcomed to roam in a temple. But Thomas Duden and his cow, Brickton Impression Rio, experienced just that June 8 as the guest of honor at …

Living the legacy

CASHTON, Wis. — Ben Klinkner was sure he would never milk another cow when he left home for college at 18 years old. While he was earning his master’s degree, however, his dad asked him …

MELROSE, Minn. — Marv Thielen has a vague memory from the late 1950s when he was about 3 years old and the last of the horses left his family’s farm near Melrose. At the time, the farm …

Keeping it local

RIB LAKE, Wis. — Owning a pizza place has been a long-time dream for Cody Baldwin. He was able to embark on this journey in January 2023 when he purchased Man Made Pizza and Ice Cream in Rib …

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. — The Byrne family has noticed that even in their small town of Neillsville, the average person seems to have less understanding of agriculture and the dairy industry than …

Sharing her farm’s story

UTICA, Minn. — For sisters Katie and Kyli Ketchum, bad dad joke competitions during milking are a way of passing the time in the parlor. “I’m not very good at them,” …

Keeping their dream a reality

WAUZEKA, Wis. — When the Mullikin family renewed their dream of dairy farming four years ago, they were patient with bringing their vision to new life. They had rented out their farm for 20 …

Wearing a crown

HUTCHINSON, Minn. — McKenna Wright has spent many years in the dairy community, including seven years in her county’s dairy royalty program. This year, she was named a Princess Kay of the …

Driving to honor

HOLDINGFORD, Minn. — The hum of engines sung in chorus as farmers, family and friends gathered to honor those gone before. In the crowd were dairy farmers Aaron Kalthoff and Sara Dobmeier. …

LUANA, Iowa — The only thing the Martins family would change about their robotic milking system is to have done it five years earlier. “I have yet to find a negative,” Dan …

A crushing blow

GRATIOT, Wis. — Josh Larson had been home after evening chores for just 30 minutes on Tuesday, May 21, and was listening to a thunderstorm rage outside, when his mother called that the steer …

Liza Schlintz Bangor, Wisconsin La Crosse County 60 cows Tell us about your family and farm. My husband, AJ, and I live on his family’s 101-year-old farm purchased by his …

A believer in the breed

ARPIN, Wis. — Rhonda Treml-Knebel grew up in a world of black and white. But for nearly 20 years, she has been seeing things in shades of red, falling for the Normande cow and everything they …

LANCASTER, Wis. — Elementary school aged children around the country are a little more knowledgeable after watching their adopted calf grow throughout the school year. Wisconsin host farms …

93 members   Blair, Wisconsin Trempealeau and Jackson County Tell us about your chapter. We have a strong FFA chapter in Blair-Taylor. We have won the membership award at the state …

Tell us about your family and farm. My parents are Nathan and Karen Kling, and we dairy farm near Taylor. I have one younger brother, Justin, and an older sister, Grace. Our family farms about 2,000 …

Tell us about your farm and family. We are a family farm where we milk 60 cows and have about 500 acres that are mostly rented. We just built a new barn that is a parlor freestall set-up. We also run …

Jayce Lehnertz 9 years old Fourth grade When do you do chores? After school. What is your favorite and least favorite chore? Dumping water for the calves is my favorite. My least favorite …

A parlor favorite

MANITOWOC, Wis. — The enormous Guernsey cow that towers over the Cedar Crest Ice Cream plant and ice cream parlor makes the establishment nearly impossible to miss when driving through …

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