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    Passing down agricultural traditions

    By Nate Schlief Every year, as the school year ends, most kids can’t wait to get summer started. My two sons are the same way. I grew up on a dairy farm. When I think back to what my summer plans consisted of, it’s much different for my sons, who are growing up in the […]

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    Benefits of an “Unplanned” Summer

    As my kids get older, summer vacation seems to get more stressful. The countdown to summer break became somewhat of a doomsday clock. Life is hectic during the school year, running to all the different activities and school functions, so this year I decided to take some of the stress away by planning absolutely nothing. […]

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    On the farm and in life, we can’t do it alone

    In states that are agriculture centered, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are just a fancy name for any other day. You maybe get a card, or a flower, or the newest item at the farm store thrown at you while you’re getting off the tractor. For Mother’s Day, I was spreading granular fertilizer, putting on […]

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    Going to church as a mother is a whole new world

    By Sarah Lovas Some of my big plans for Mother’s Day include going to church with my family. Going to church as a mother is a whole new world. This will only be my second Mother’s Day as a mother, and in this short year, my world has changed including the adventure of going to […]

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    How food and agriculture bring us together

    by Tara Holman Sharing a meal with family, friends, and even strangers is a great way to build stronger relationships, explore different cultures and make new friends. I believe most any of us can reminisce about get- togethers and recall just how important the meal we shared between us was. The month of March is […]

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    You’re done having babies

    I was finally hit with the question I think every mom gets at some point yet is speechless to the answer. My 2 youngest boys (nine and seven) were sitting with me at home and the youngest says, “Mom, I think we need another baby, I want another baby, I don’t want to the be […]

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    From the hottest fire comes the strongest steel

    Looking back, it’s hard to figure out where an entire year went. The days go slow, but the years sure do fly! This last year started off innocently enough, but then came history’s longest spring before we were finally able to finish off 2017’s harvest (only hours before 2018’s planting was complete). We should have […]

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    Christmas changes when you’re head cook

    With the recent snow, the tune “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” keeps entering my mind. I really do love Christmas. I love celebrating the birth of Jesus and getting together with family and friends. Christmas is much different for me now than it was when I was a little girl. For one, […]

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    What is gratitude?

    Thankful. Grateful. Blessed. I see this saying all over. But, knowing WHY gratitude is good is distinctly different from knowing WHAT gratitude is. And, probably the most important is HOW to be grateful. Here are 5 tricks I use to ensure I cultivate gratitude: Gather around the table For me, a kitchen table represents the […]

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    4-H Teachers independence, and that’s a good thing

    by Nate Schlief Last fall, we decided to try something new: Get the kids involved with 4-H. We had tried Boy Scouts with our oldest son, but he wasn’t that interested in getting involved. I knew that with 4-H, it was more of an independent project for each child because I was pretty involved when […]

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    Fall on the farm brings waves of emotions

    On the farm, my grandma was the “Jack of all Trades.” She didn’t have a specialty, she could do it all. She was the by-hand cow milker and separator, egg picker, packer, and chicken feeder, gardener, cook and baker, tractor driver, caretaker, active church member and mother. You name it and I guarantee I saw […]

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    Dreams change. Plans change. Life change

    By Alysa Leier  As a teenager I planned on (and worked hard toward) moving to some bustling, big city and starting a new life as a physician. In fact, for as long as I can remember, that was my goal. At seventeen I didn’t want kids, didn’t even see them in my future. At twenty-three, […]

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