"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
1 | 2 | 3 | > | >>

Country Coffee Talk 3.30.15


By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

It was a rainy spring day and I was enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee, when my spouse announced today was the day the cattle needed to come home for ear tagging. Of course, all other help was busy but that didn’t change my spouse’s mind…the two of us could bring the cow herd home…Really??!! Plan A…He would put a hay bale on the tractor for them to follow and I could guard the road where they would cross…no problem.

That plan worked until they came to a field with green grass growing (a treat after eating old hay bales all winter)….so much for following the tractor with the bale of old hay. Up the lane he came without any cows following his hay bale and announced Plan B…We will have to chase them on foot!! What!!...do you know how out of shape I am.

So, we loaded up our son’s dog, Tubby, (cows respected him) and parked the pickup in a driveway close to the field they had decided to graze in and started out on foot. He told me to take Tubby and chase the bull….are you kidding me!! Well, he didn’t get the thumbs-up on that suggestion!! So, he said to walk over and close the gate they came through, just in case they decided to go back. OK, I could do that. On my way back, as I’m trudging up this hill that seemed like a mountain, he hollered at me and said they’re headed for the lane and I should go for the pickup to beat them to the road crossing. Now the pickup was at the top of this mountain and when I got to the gate to open it, I couldn’t get the snap clip to open, so I decided to climb the gate, as it would be quicker…did I mention it was raining and metal gates are really slippery.

Well, I got over the gate and ran for the pickup and raced down the road for the cattle crossing to put up the portable strings across the road, right before the cows got there. Of course, they decided they didn’t want to cross the road, so the dog and I crawled back under the fence and encouraged them from behind….finally they crossed with none of them escaping or getting into the garlic patch.

Now my spouse was still coming on foot (he was a little slower than I was) and finally got to his tractor with the bale of hay and followed the herd with me following in the pickup…so much for Plan A. By now the cows knew where they are going, so no problem getting them to turn into the right field. But now the same problem of getting them through another field of fresh grass…thank goodne .....
[Read the Rest]

A view From the Woods - Through a Child’s Eyes

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

We left home during a below zero cold snap and returned a couple of weeks later to full-on springtime. While we were lounging around the sandy Mexican beach under coconut trees, soaking up the warmth, Minnesota experienced the big thaw. Driving h ..... 
[Read the Rest]

becky's Food Tales - Hummus- Really Easy, Very Good

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

Hummus- Really Easy, Very Good Hummus is a Middle Eastern spread made from blending just the right amounts of tahini (also known as sesame seed paste), chickpeas, lemon juice and olive oil. With a pinch of salt and a little garlic, you have a fla ..... 
[Read the Rest]

A little of this, A little of that. - 3.2.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

One of the last remaining phone booths is in Lanesboro, Minn. It was getting quite a lot of attention last summer. Young tourists were snapping “selfies” of themselves standing by it and in it. Laughing loudly and scornfully and exclaiming ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Country Coffee Talk 2.23.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

Get ready! Here comes that fifth season called March…will it come in like a lion or lamb; do we really have to beware of “The Ides of March”; will your favorite movie win the Academy Awards; will you give up something important for Lent? Or wi ..... 
[Read the Rest]

A View From the Woods - Enduring trees

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

The view out my windows is all about trees. This morning bare branches wave and tall trunks sway in he frigid wind. For a brief few moments at sunrise, the sky glows pink behind the black tracery of living wood. Yesterday’s snow clings to horizont ..... 
[Read the Rest]

A little of this, A little of that. 2-2-15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

I love Minnesota in the spring. I love Minnesota in the summer. I love Minnesota in the fall. I do not love Minnesota in the winter At all! Blizzards, ice storms, wind chills, and slippery roads are not my definition of fun. Getting up at ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Becky's Food Tales - Have a bran-tastic day

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

Those who know me may be aware of the fact that I am not a morning person. Perhaps it is a holdover from years of working night shifts; I do not know. If you call my house before nine a.m., prepare to leave a message. I may be awake, but I am not ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Working Mom - 12.15.14

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Who remembers getting apples, nuts, and hard candy in a brown bag after their Sunday School Christmas program? I do and am not sure why, but my parents never seemed to be worried about me choking on the ..... 
[Read the Rest]
1 | 2 | 3 | > | >>