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More notes from a country kitchen.


By Vicki Christianson

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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Summer always makes me think of hay and that is one hot, sweaty, and itchy subject! When we first started farming, we had many acres of hay ground. We didn’t have any animals that ate hay as we only raised pigs, but we sold our hay to others. Since we were a husband and wife team – and I use the term “team” loosely – we had to figure out a way to put up hay when we were both available. I worked full time Monday – Friday so we had to figure out something.

Den taught me how to rake the cut hay using our old M Farmall and a pull behind rake. I could do that evenings and weekends. I tended to panic every time I reached the end of a hay row and had to turn the tractor and rake around without getting the rake stuck in the fence line. I came close a couple of times but never got the rake stuck!

Once the hay was raked and dried, most farmers baled it up and had someone on a hayrack taking the bales from the baler and stacking them neatly on the hayrack. Then someone would haul the loads to the barn and a couple of people would unload the bales and some poor sucker got stuck stacking the bales in the barn loft. We didn’t have that “hayrack” person or unload person. Den decided the best thing would be to buy a “kicker” baler and several hayracks with high sides. He bought a couple of hayracks and then built one himself. Now he was set! He would spend the afternoons baling the hay and the kicker baler would kick those bales any which way into the hayrack.

Once all three hayracks were full, he would haul them to the house yard and leave them sit till I got home from work. Sometimes he would unload and let the bales fall any which way into the barn and then restack them himself. But, he usually waited for me. There is nothing more eye pleasing than coming home from a long day of work and seeing several loads of bales that have been kicked into a wagon any which way and knowing I have to dig those bales out and put them onto a conveyor! I put on my long sleeve work shirt, rounded up my leather gloves and went to work! I had to tug and pull each bale from the pile and you never knew when one bale had a broken string and loose hay would be all over the place. You just left those loose bales in the wagon and Den would haul that hay back out to the field to be rebaled next time. Pretty sure those bales weighed between 50 and 60 pounds each!

And the best part of finishing up a hay crop was kno .....
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Tech Bytes - The-end-for-the-telegraph-has-come. Stop.

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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The telegraph; it has served as a worldwide communication platform decades ago, sending messages with its dot/dash combinations that proved to be the most innovative technology at the time. What is most likely considered a primitive device to many ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - A Taste of Chicago

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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Dear Readers, This week I went to Chicago. I felt very hip, very urban as I boarded the Metra commuter train and headed downtown to meet a friend. Our destination? Taste of Chicago, an outdoor food festival which ChooseChicago.com promises is ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Printing in 3-D

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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Printing in 3-D Today we can watch movies in 3-D, we can buy three dimensional television services, we can even buy 3-D, real life greeting cards, but what if we could print in three dimensions in our own home office? Well, to no surprise, you actu ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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I grew up in the “Ice Cream Capitol” of the world, Preston, Minnesota! In 1958 at the age of 10, I really believed that. Naturally naïve and not well-traveled, I was impressed with all the places that sold ice cream and the variety of frozen ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Three is for Thrifting

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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Dear Readers, I don’t mean any slight on Minnesota nice in what I am about to say. I will be the first to tell you that I get along just fine with a society of “courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered” people (in the words of Wikipedia). I l ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - July 8, 2013

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
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A Tale of Blackberry Jam Blackberry season is coming soon! Every summer I go out picking, or at least buy pints of the wild growing ‘blackcaps’ at a local farmer’s market. Their sweet-tart taste reminds me of hot summer days spent roaming the ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Cardboard Boats and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
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Cardboard Boats and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo Dear Readers, This week’s postcard comes to you courtesy of the magazine where I’m interning. In the past three weeks, I’ve helped update their news blog, drafted an article for their website, attended ..... 
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Tech Bytes - PasSwORd: Do’s and Don’ts

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
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PasSwORd: Do’s and Don’ts The average person has to remember more than ten passwords or PIN numbers for various login information. That’s ten more items to keep fresh in our minds when we struggle to remember to pay some of our bills, forget ..... 
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