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A Black Friday mouse tale

Thursday, December 9, 2010

“I asked for riot shields, but they wouldn’t give me one, so it’s not going to be that bad I don’t think.” — Target employee I will not go out at the crack of dawn for anything other than a birth, a death or an early flight to a beach. I am up at midnight […]

Our youth are the future of agriculture

Thursday, December 9, 2010

2010 … It has been a “dickens” of a year! The challenge of the American job market has loomed in blogs, coffee shop conversations and in every form of printed material. It can even be likened to the plot of the classic Charles Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol. It seems that our country is haunted […]

When deciding how to mount a deer, it’s wise to be picky

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Whether it’s a 12- or 14-point monster, probably the trophy of a lifetime or a spindly fork horn, perhaps the very first deer taken by a beginning hunter, it may deserve a spot on the wall. According to Portage County taxidermist Paul Fedorchak, the only thing that ought to earn any deer a trip to […]

Veterans’ sacrifices don’t change with times

Thursday, December 9, 2010

As the holiday season approaches, I find myself thinking more and more about the families pulled apart by military service. It goes without saying that those who serve our country are giving years of their life that cannot ever be reclaimed. What we so often don’t think about is that this becomes a generational sacrifice […]

Another first, Anna’s Hummingbird in Pa.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Finding a specific individual bird in an entire county or even state is like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. That’s what happens every time a rare or unusual bird shows up somewhere. Birders flock to the area hoping for a peek. The best way to actually find such a bird is to […]

Hog producers not going to have a very merry Christmas this year

Thursday, December 9, 2010

As Christmas approaches, some seasonal elves will shop, some will bake, some will string a couple of megawatts of colorful lights from the front porch to the barn. I hope to avoid most of this season-pushing by burrowing into my den of paper to wait out all this buying, baking and beautifying. Three weeks from […]

Planning ahead for tax time may make the best financial sense

Thursday, December 2, 2010

There are some new tax issues and resources for 2010 and 2011. Expenses increase. Tax Benefit – Section 179 Expensing Increased from $250,000 to $500,000 for 2010 and 2011. The recently passed “Small Business Jobs Act of 2010” signed into law Sept. 27 allows for opportunity for sizable tax write-off for farmers in 2010 and […]

Cattle industry flying for 79 floors

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Twice a week, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman drives political and economic policymakers into full rant on topics as opposite as global free trade (he loves it) and national industrial policy (he loves it, too). Kiss him or kick him, Friedman can turn a phrase. A current Friedmanism notes that “If you jump […]

A few basics result in great pictures

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Memories are forever. If however, a picture reminding one of that great memory exists, it’s even better. Thus, every hunter, angler, hiker and outdoor enthusiast ought to be armed and somewhat familiar with a decent digital camera. A camera small enough for a handy inside pocket and loaded with an unfilled memory card and fully […]

Wrap up paperwork during winter months

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hello! It’s hard to believe that 2010 is coming to an end. My parents always said that time would go faster as I grew older, but I never thought it would feel like the hands on the clock were spinning fast enough to feel like a fan. Things to do During the next couple months […]


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