When my husband, Brandon, was little, his parents recall, he had a couple favorite indoor games. He’d shoot baskets on a miniature hoop, from all angles of the house. That may have helped him put up thousands of points in his high school basketball career. But his other favorite game was one I doubt many kids have played. He’d line up rubber bouncy balls in the hallway that became his alleyway and “sort” them into different rooms with a whip or sorting stick.
I have a new workout routine. I’ll be completely honest — I haven’t exercised as regularly as I should for, oh, a decade. Or more. Who’s keeping track?
CLEAR LAKE, Minn. — When a pastor with Union Gospel Mission called Edling Farms about seven years ago, looking for potatoes for the mission’s Thanksgiving dinner, “we of course said yes,” Brett Edling said. This year, Edling Farms donated 36,000 pounds of potatoes to Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, which will put the potatoes to use to help feed an estimated 60,000 people for the mission’s Thanksgiving food distribution effort.
BISMARCK — Not many North Dakota ranches have 1,000 chickens roaming free. Not many North Dakota ranches have cattle, sheep and pigs, all on pasture. And not many North Dakota ranches have added vegetables, fruits and nuts to their offerings, along with livestock and grain. But Brown’s Ranch has never claimed to be conventional.
If you spend much time around small town cafes, gas stations, bars, grain elevators and other gathering places, you've probably heard or been involved in a conversation with a farmer or rancher about the weather.
When my older daughter was about 3, my parents showed her videos they took at a Beach Boys concert. Reanna was enchanted. She listened to my CD of the group so many times that it no longer works. This is a kid growing up in North Dakota in the 21st century. She knows nothing about surfing. The only beach she knows of is Beach, N.D., where we make food and bathroom stops en route to Montana. And she certainly has no knowledge of T-birds, Deuce Coupes or any other of the classic cars in Beach Boys songs.
After several late night sessions of helping my husband plan for the next year on the farm, I'm reminded why I chose to make my living with words rather than with numbers. It's not that I'm bad with numbers — quite the opposite, actually. I've always been quite adept at algebra and math in general. But focusing on the minutia of possible financial projections is not exactly what I would call a good time. It's not the math that made it a tedious chore, though. Instead, it's the many, many unknowns, both in agriculture and in the world at large.
MEDINA, N.D. — All was quiet in the pasture until Chad Price and Brandon Weatherly started moving bee boxes. Then the persistent buzz in the air was interrupted only by the whir of a passing spray plane or the snap of nearby power lines. The bees haven't been producing much honey for about a month, Price said Sept. 10. But they'll stay out for another month or so on the pastures and prairie trails around Medina.
STREETER, N.D. — Scott Schlepp has had a different kind of vantage point on his travels through North Dakota: old seats of cars fashioned into a covered wagon. "The crops look fantastic," Schlepp said, standing on the side of North Dakota Highway 30 on Monday, Aug. 13. "Everybody's busy." Schlepp is attempting to travel from the Canadian border to Brownsville, Texas, at the reins of a pair of Spotted Draft Belgians, aided by a camper and a four-wheeler.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Mark Borrett doesn't think Chinese buyers will be able to hold out from buying U.S. soybeans, no matter the tariff imposed on them. "They really can't do without our grain," he said. Borrett, a partner with the LaSalle Group of RCG LLC (Rosenthal Collins Group), spoke in Jamestown on June 18 on the global market outlook, and specifically about what's going on with trade with China.