The World’s Toughest Job?

When I was a North Dakota farm kid, I thought crop sprayers had the world’s toughest job. Piloting those small planes over fields, dodging dangers such as guywires, telephone poles and shelterbelts, among many others, staying constantly alert — that struck me as extraordarily difficult and demanding. As an ag journalist, I’ve written many times…
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Farmers And Their Hogs (The Motorized Kind, That Is)

In the past week, I’ve visited with two area farmers who are big motorcycle fans. Bikes are their hobby and their passion. That’s not uncommon, in my experience. Through the years I’ve encountered quite a few farmers who own and enjoy motorcycles. I’m not sure why that’s the case; maybe it has something to do…
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Can You Find South Dakota On The Map?

WAUBAY, S.D. — A survey once found, or so the story goes, that a big chunk of Americans can’t locate South Dakota on a U.S. map. The “South” throws them, apparently, and they expect to find it along the Mexican border. I hope the story is just an urban myth, but, given the geographical ignorance…
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The Ag Disaster That Doesn’t End

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Devils Lake, N.D., has always been part of my life. I sometimes came here as a farm kid growing up, and now I come here as an ag journalist to cover the long, ongoing flooding. Devils Lake (the lake and the region’s largest city share the name) has been flooding since…
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Think Of The Children! The Cows And Crops, Too!

A mini heat wave is under way in the Upper Midwest, or at least parts of it. There’s concern, and rightly so, about how vulnerable segments of the population — the elderly, the young (think of the children!) — might be affected. In all seriousness, my light-hearted headline aside, high temperatures and high humidity can…
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