A well-worn book called 'The Illustrated Stock Doctor and Livestock Encyclopedia' reminds Jim Bain of the legacy passed on to him.
Sometime in late December, I found myself practically jogging through Walmart. One kid was at a birthday party; the other was playing with a cousin. I had one hour to get a week or more worth of groceries and other supplies (alone — a rare treat) and drive across Jamestown to pick up the afo…
Grants of up to $1,000 for youth gardening projects are available through North Dakota State University Extension. Approximately 50 projects are supported across the state each year.
The Super Bowl is just around the corner.
There was the little house and the big house on the Olson farm near Waubay.
BROOKINGS — According to the South Dakota Department of Health, only one out of every three South Dakotans has an advance directive. Older adults are more likely than younger people to have advance directives. However, accidents, especially among farmers and ranchers, can happen at any age. …
BROOKINGS — The launch of the Double Up Dakota Bucks in grocery stores is the first of its kind in both North and South Dakota.
PIERRE – South Dakota’s electric cooperatives gathered in Pierre Jan. 16-17 under the theme “2020 Vision: Our Family, Our Future” for the South Dakota Rural Electric Association’s 78th annual meeting. During the meeting, the more than 260 cooperative leaders, which represented each of the st…
BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension and NDSU Extension have invited Kimberly Zachrison, assistant attorney general of South Dakota, to present “Who do you trust with your money? Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation.” The webinar will be held on Feb. 12 at 11:00 a.m. MT/noon CT. Individuals will be …
HURON, S.D. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development invested over $531 million in 2019 to build prosperity and strengthen South Dakota’s rural communities, announced State Director Julie Gross on Jan. 21.
Aubrey Hoff of Richardton/Taylor, N.D., is the first place winner of a statewide essay contest for fifth graders in North Dakota. The title of the contest was "My favorite food, where does it comes from and why do I like it." Students were asked to write up to 100 words on the topic. Aubrey …
How many people take their tractors with them on vacation?
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Michele Gran can clearly remember telling her son not to go to work on Aug. 14 of last year.
New mothers in South Dakota — and across the United States — are dying during or after childbirth at higher rates than in nearly every other industrialized nation, and evidence suggests as many as 60% of maternal deaths are preventable.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump administration announced on Jan. 17 that it plans to roll back school lunch regulations that produced healthier meals for students to allow schools “more flexibility” in what they serve “because they know their children best.”
“How scientific do you want to be?” my husband asked.
BROOKINGS — First responders, rural churches and community members in De Smet and Kingsbury County recently received automated external defibrillator’s (AEDs)and CPR training provided by the Well Connected Communities De Smet Wellness Coalition.
A high school junior from Florence High School tapped her innovative spirit to win an Ag Innovations competition, directed at exposing youth to new ideas and innovation as a way to promote entrepreneurship.
In a few short weeks, I will pack up my guitar and head for the desert in Nevada for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
All restaurants and stores were closed due to the blizzard, and I was in search of comfort food for brunch.
SIOUX FALLS — South Dakotans will get a chance in November to legalize the recreational use of pot.
Devils Lake, N.D. — Local foods, usually defined as foods purchased within 100 miles of where they’re produced, offer both potential and challenges for agricultural producers in lightly populated northeast North Dakota, according to a newly released study.
FARGO, N.D. – On Jan. 7, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development North Dakota State Director Clare Carlson announced USDA has invested $23 million in two high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 2,643 rural households and 78 b…
After a regrettable although always enjoyable hiatus due to other business concerns and my penchant for bird hunting, I am happy to be back authoring this column on the subject of estate planning. I am humbled when I realize that helping families has played an important and continually satis…
Most people don't want to think about the blood, feathers, carcasses, grease, and offal (by-products) that remain once animals are harvested. But what happens to what's left?
This winter’s heavy snowfall has people wondering whether they need to remove snow from the roof of their house or agricultural building.
Many North Dakota farmers and ranchers know that when they retire, they want their business to stay in the family, but they aren’t sure how to make that happen.
Jake and Lilly were sitting next to me on the couch one evening. I patted them on their warm backs. They looked at me approvingly with their big brown eyes.
ST. PAUL — While the United States’ overall economy has picked up steam in the decade since the Great Recession, some parts of America still lag behind.
BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension recently released a resource guide on traditional Dakota and Lakota games. The free, downloadable guide contains six traditional Dakota games and six traditional Lakota games, including photos, instructions on how to play and how to craft the game pieces.
The 60th Red River Valley Coin Club Coin Show and Sale will be held January 25- 26 at the Ramada Fargo, 3333 13th Avenue South, Fargo, N.D. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 26.
A few months back, I noticed I had a few messages on Facebook Messenger from people I didn’t know. The first was quickly disposed of as a case of mistaken identity. The second, a long screed from a person with an out-of-the-ordinary name, seemed likely to be the same kind of thing. But I sca…
BROOKINGS, S.D. — SDSU Extension will facilitate a “Communicating with Farmers Under Stress” workshop Jan. 10 at 11:00 a.m. in the Huron Regional Medical Center Auditorium. SDSU Extension will present the workshop in partnership with Community Counseling Services, the Huron Chamber and Visit…
For years, the "South Dakota Goosemobile," created by Tom and Ruth Neuberger of Canistota, S.D., traveled across the state, delivering frozen geese along with natural organic products. As the couple got older, they sought a family who would carry on their tradition.
Editor’s note: This is the second part in a series on rural food access.
RENVILLE, Minn. — In the last 10 years, Harlan Madsen has dealt with prostate cancer, a blood clot in his lung, a hematoma, two hernia surgeries, two shoulder rebuilds, and kidney failure that had doctors giving him a 15% chance to live.
It’s the difference between a boss and a manager, explains Matthew Harnisch of the working relationship he and his brothers have with their parents, Lynn and Sharleen. “A boss tells you what to do. A good manager includes you in on decisions. Growing up, my parents never told us we had to do…
I noticed my husband sliding his back on the doorframe near our living room. I knew the reason.
HURON, S.D. — Minnehaha County resident and life-long Farmers Union member Wanda Artz was recognized with the Minnie Lovinger Award for her years of dedication and service to rural youth during the 2019 South Dakota Farmers Union Convention held in Aberdeen Dec. 10-11.
Anyone interested in learning about Alzheimer’s disease will have an opportunity to attend a free webinar that North Dakota State University and South Dakota State University Extension are hosting Jan. 8.
The Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) program has honored an individual and an organization for their continuous support.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Dec. 17, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) named Valley Queen Cheese Factory of Milbank as the Senate Small Business Committee’s “Small Business of the Week.” Rounds was invited by Small Business Committee Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to select a South Dakota small busine…
If you’ve enjoyed homemade lefse in the past, thinking about it makes your mouth water and your mind floods with memories. If you’ve never had the simple Norwegian delicacy, you have no idea why people salivate when talking of the simple potato-based pancake.
Editor’s note: This is the first part in a series about rural food access.
I had a meeting approaching in just minutes while I was at work, and my stomach alerted me that it wanted food.
FLANDREAU, S.D. – On Dec. 12, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development South Dakota State Director Julie Gross announced USDA has invested $9.5 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 1,750 homes in rural South Dakota. T…
PIERRE — Townships are struggling with budget constraints and other pressures to maintain their roadways and right-of-ways in rural South Dakota, which is why representatives from the South Dakota Association of Towns and Townships are calling for help.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and …
Standing before a crowd of farmers and ranchers attending the South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) State Convention, Karl Oehlke made a simple request. “Stand up, find a partner, turn and look them in the eye.”
Stressors specific to the agriculture industry and helping farm and ranch youth will be the focus of a workshop that North Dakota State University Extension, Eyes on the Horizon and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are teaming up to hold from 1 to 4 p.m. Central time Jan. 16, 2020.
Providing sought-after genetics to those in the industry, a farm near Bath concentrates on selling show pigs and swine breeding stock to 4-Hers and FFA plus breeders throughout the United States.
Local farmers were given an in-depth look at hemp production last week at the South Dakota Farmers Union annual convention.
SIOUX FALLS — Farmers don’t want to get help for their mental health from the internet or phone hotlines, new research shows. Instead, face-to-face conversations are what matters most, with family, friends and others, recent research indicates.
My little sister gave birth to her second daughter on Nov. 22. They named her Emma Evangeline — Evangeline for our Gramma Edith’s middle name.
As medical schools across the United States have expanded to meet the needs of an aging population, the number of post-graduate training positions — commonly known as residency programs — has not kept pace with the increasing number of medical school graduates.