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RURAL LIFE

We could all use a good laugh to start out the new year.
Leadership takes honest reflection and thinking about the needs of others, Jenny Schlecht writes. With that in mind, do we have the right leaders to get a new farm bill passed by Sept. 30?
When Katie Pinke directed her daughter to a beef expert in preparation for her speech meet, it made her think about the need for trusted ag sources of information.
Casey is the well-behaved dog that normally stays out of the limelight.

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Katie Pinke's daughters decided to spend their day off from school working with their heifers.
"I wish we could do away with some of the romanticism surrounding agriculture. By embracing technology, research and innovation, we can deal with today's problems and move toward a better tomorrow."
Katie Pinke recounts the quote from a coach that stuck with her following South Dakota State University's victory in the national football championship.
An unchangeable fact about life in the northern Plains is that winter lasts for several months so if you don't want to be cooped up for the duration, you have to dress warm and head outside.
For most of us rooted in agriculture, farming has always been cool. But the realities and harshness of farming and ranching haven’t always made what feels cool a career choice or path.
Many parts from Laura Ingalls Wilder's "The Long Winter" ring very true today.

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The author believes complacency in the ag industry was an issue years ago, but it's improved along with a host of contributors.
While most of us will not have an opportunity to change the world, looking for, and doing, good can make it better for those with whom we come in contact.
Katie Pinke reflects on her family's Christmas lutefisk tradition and the one year they didn't follow it.

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