Tuesday, June 28, 2016

In a perfect world, we'd never print another article like Tony Nicoletto's page one story about his miraculous recovery from a farm accident.

I have a "first day on the job" speech I give all new editorial department employees. After I review the company's policies, plan the training schedule, and point out the restrooms, I climb on the soapbox.

(Editor's note: I wrote this column in July 2003. Re-reading it this week, it seemed like an appropriate piece to reprint.

Winding through the hills of Harrison County earlier this month, I turned onto a road and immediately eased up on the gas pedal as a colorful painted quilt block on a barnside caught my eye.

The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the waters of the United States earlier this summer, finally defining those waters for the U.

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet." - William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet By Susan Crowell Farm and Dairy advertising representative Georgeanne Wolf hand-delivered the fax.

When I opened the package, I had no idea what the big, hardcover book was or who it came from. Bobo's Flying Circus? And then I looked below the title and saw the subtitle: "Autobiography of Gilbert Russell Evans.

If you're a farmer, don't read this. If you're a farmer wannabe, you'd better read this. Everyone else should read it, too.

Baseball hall of famer Ryne Sandberg said his dad always told him, "Keep your nose clean, your mouth shut and your eyes and ears open because you might learn something.

"What does it take to earn a living on the farm?" Good question. What's the answer? Actually, the question was the title of a report from a Minnesota Extension educator (we used to call them 'agents,' remember?).
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