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Stuck in the Mud


Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Monday, June 18, 2001

This has been one of the wettest springs ever. Most of the rain didnt seem to fall heavily, just steadily. Farmers have gotten only a brief period of fair weather to get their crops planted. Most of the acres are planted, although the corn and soybeans now seem reluctant to grow. It is just too wet and cool for the young plants to be inspired to grow. They are yellow and weak and look like they are standing there waiting and wanting to die.

The wet weather has brought other headaches for neighboring farmers. Our neighbor, Steve, was drilling soybeans just behind our barn recently. One moment he was making the dust fly and the next moment his tractor was partially submerged. It looked like a whale coming up through the mud for a breath of air. I watched from the yard as Steve paced around the wallowing Case as he called for help on his cell phone. Before long another neighbor showed up with a big John Deere tractor. They made some noise and smoke and more ruts. Then they must have made another call and soon a big red tractor joined to pull on the cast iron anchor. The red tractor was the charm and soon the drill was rolling again.

Livestock producers are often the ones that suffer the most from prolonged wet weather. It seems that dairy cows in particular seem to get down and dirty. In the years that I milked cows, prolonged rainy weather in the spring and summer created a nightmare of mire. The weather was usually too warm to leave the cows in their stalls in the barn and they needed to be let out to eat the grass in the pasture. The mud started where the concrete ended and the concrete ended at the barn door. Some cows actually hesitated while going out the barn door as if they didnt want to step into the mud. They finally got to the point where peer pressure from behind made them take that step into the slop. Under the worst conditions they sank into the mud right up to their udders.

When I was a kid we had a cow that we named, "Big Bag". Big Bag was an older cow with a very pleasant disposition. Big Bag's claim to fame was, obviously, her large udder and gigantic teats. Even under the best of conditions, we had to put blocks under Big Bag's back feet to get her up high enough in the air to get a milker on her. Big Bag tolerated this quite well and learned to step up on the blocks with just a gentle nudge on her flank. When the rainy season came, the biggest challenge of the day was getting Big Bag .....
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Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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The European Parliament, considers capital punishment to be both barbaric and inhumane, regardless of the means by which the death penalty is carried out. They routinely mention the United States in the same breath as Chin ..... 
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Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, June 25, 2001

I must say that I became very confused while reading In The Mail this past Monday. I became confused while reading the letter to the Editor submitted by Mr. Kramer. It amazes me that people can ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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