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"Chicks are Peeping Around—the Nicest Little World in There"


Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 9, 2001

The Art of Farming is a project of the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability to gather stories about farm life in southeastern Minnesota before World War II. Stories have been gathered from individuals near Harmony, Lake City and Wells Creek near Red Wing.

I remember the smells on the farm. I think you can smell rain coming. A foul smelling animal manure indicates some kind of illness. Real foul smelling manure. I know my dad would talk about that. I never realized it, but there were different smells in the morning and evening, the different smells of all livestock, we just were so used to that. Every herd smells differently. I go to different farms, smell different herds, they all smell different. You bring a new cow in to your herd, you can smell that one cow over all the others. The whole environment… (They must really tell each other then.) Oh they can tell that’s why they fight.

All of us know the smells of harvest. The grains. Newly cut ripe grain has a distinctive smell. When you thrash it, it has a smell. Animals, cattle will know immediately by smell, for instance if you have four round bales, the cattle will choose one by smelling the best hay. They eat by smell. (Usually the one they pick isn’t the one you’d pick. )

I’m not so sure we even thought of the farm smells. It was just so much a part of our life. You’re saturated, you don’t even think of it. It’s a big part of your life that goes unnoticed. Hurrying about.

The barn full of hay-- that smell is good and it feels like everything is done and put away. And you get a bunch of little chicks, and put them under a brooder lamp and it’s warm and they kinda smell good. It’s just a really nice wholesome smell- feeling. I feel like crawling in and laying down in there. It is. Yeah, they’re just cute as a bug.

It does something to you too. It triggers something, doesn’t it? You go in there and you feel different. It’s calming. You can sit there, you know, and they’re peeping around, they got the nicest little world in there.

We used to get those chicks in the boxes, and then they’d make a smaller place under a brooder and we’d have straw around. I must have been 12 or 14, I used to go in the brooder house and lay there. / I used to do the same thing. I did it even when I was grown up! There’s something about it. My dogs even like it. When I get new chickens, my dogs will go in there with me right away (I usual .....
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A Big Woods Wedding

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 9, 2001

A medieval scene greets guests as they walk down green paths through open woods and across hilly fields to a small white tent with open walls. The groom could be Robin Hood, complete with his Merry Men, anxiously waiting f ..... 
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"The Great Wall of Weaver"

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

As if near record flooding along the Upper Mississippi was not enough already, mid and late Spring 2001 for the most part proves to be gloomy, cool and gray. With the exception of two or three consecutive sunny, unseasonab ..... 
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Reader Mail!

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, July 9, 2001

Question: I need to move my perennials in late summer. Although this is not the right time for all of the plants, can you give suggestions of how to keep them alive? How should I prepare them? Should I trim ..... 
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It must be the altitude!

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 2, 2001

I wandered off again. This time I dragged my family to a combination business conference and vacation in exotic far away Colorado. This is an annual conference that is scheduled for the same week in June every year. It see ..... 
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The Mighty Ducks

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday, July 9, 2001

It has been quite awhile since I was a volunteer coach. My first opportunity came in my early twenties when Bob, a friend of mine, and I were coaxed into coaching soccer to a mixed group of six and seven year olds in a YMC ..... 
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To the Editor

Fri, Jul 6th, 2001
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Monday July 2, 2001
As a citizen of the Preston area, I am concerned about the environmental impact the Pro-Corn Ethanol Plant expansion will have on our water resources. The following data is available on the Department of Natural Resources websi ..... 
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