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Life is not a parabolic curve.  It doesn’t go straight up.  There are a lot of lumps, a lot of bumps.  I have never yet met a successful person that hasn’t … more
Social Security benefits are integral for many older adults. In fact, 44% of baby boomers expect Social Security to be their primary source of income in retirement, according to a 2021 survey from … more
Minnesota livestock farmers and specialty crop producers who incurred expenses due to last year’s drought can apply for up to $7,500 per farm in reimbursement through the Minnesota Department … more
  As any farming family can attest, every farm has its own special history. The small farm that I was raised on outside of Kiester is no exception. Our lives were rooted in the connection … more
Once a young man asked Socrates about the secret to success, so Socrates invited the young man to meet him at the river the next morning. They walked hand-in-hand into the water up to their necks … more
Hopefully, we have put this foul unlike spring weather behind us and we can start thinking of warmer temperatures and sunny skies.  That being said, with warmer weather comes more sun … more
“Whap”, it hit the window like a soggy orange thrown by a kid. I was in the living room about 6:30 am. The sun was just peaking over the trees in the east. I was just waking up and … more
A Minnesotan: Sirens By RosaLin Alcoser A couple of weeks ago I was talking to my sister on the phone when my evening was interrupted by a rather familiar sound; the tornado siren. Which … more
Discussions aid understanding of high-tech dairy systems, cow health and the farm’s bottom line When Lisa and Steve Groetsch's cows are ready to be milked, they approach a milking robot on … more
If you have a private well water supply after heavy rains or flooding is a good time to inspect your well and get your drinking water tested at a certified laboratory. Proper well construction can … more
The fishing season for sauger, walleye, and northern pike will open this Saturday, May 14. Many of us are familiar with walleye and northern pike, but what about sauger? The cousin to our state … more
This column was written by my wife Ashley because she has crazy adventures in Tennessee as well. I am about 1/4 mile away from the bridge, going about 80mph.  It's dark. I have the music at … more
A giant ship’s engine failed, and the vessel’s owners consulted one expert after another, but none of them could fix the engine. They finally brought in an old man who had been fixing … more
My family moved to Minnesota from the south right as the century was turning from the last into this current one. For us this meant the winter of 2000 was our first Minnesota winter and our first … more
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is continuing its investigations into the alleged misuse of dicamba herbicide products intended for dicamba-tolerant (DT) soybeans, though on-going work … more
Farmers enrolled in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) have higher profits than non-certified farms, according to a recent study by the Minnesota State … more
Prompted by the many sources of stress affecting farmers and ranchers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), Linder Farm Network, and the Red River Farm Network (RRFN) have joined forces to … more
I'll never forget Easter 1946. I was 14, my little sister Ocy 12, and my older sister Darlene 16. We lived at home with our mother, and the four of us knew what it was like to do without many things. … more
Greetings,  last month was the annual meetings for our townships and I just want to send out a big Thank you to all our supervisors, clerks, treasurers and staff that work for our townships. … more
Many farmers and applicators will soon apply anhydrous ammonia (NH3) prior to planting or sidedress after planting. Even with a rush against time and weather, safety should never be compromised. … more
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