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Rain, rodeo, clinics, Black Hills Horse Expo, jackpots

September 21, 2017 — A lot of folks got some of that lovely rain last week and I am so glad. Some areas got the first measurable precipitation for the year. It's not going to grow much grass this late, but at least it settled the dust and gives […]

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The Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Benefits for Arlen Hulm and KC Carden, Crook Co. Horsemen’s meeting, team sorting, ranch roping

January 18, 2017 — It finally got above freezing today and it positively feels like summer time out there! We have been in that bubble of cold air that would have us at just above zero when folks 30 miles away were in the 30s. The sunshine is really […]

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Whit Hibbard series Part 2:Applying low-stress handling principles and techniques

November 8, 2016 — Building on a low-stress foundation Applying low-stress handling principles and techniques Low-stress livestock handling is complex, and can take a lifetime to master. It involves some science, some art, and a lot of practice. The method benefits the livestock and requires some alterations to the […]

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The Outside Circle: College Alumni info, The American Rodeo, barrel races, clinics, and final nail in coffin of N.M. horse processing

February 10, 2016 — It's sure been a windy sonofagun lately! If we lose any more shingles off the house we will have a skylight in several rooms! At least it hasn't been bitter cold or accompanied by a foot of snow, so it could be much worse. The […]

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Cowboy Jam Session by Jeri Dobrowski: Faces of classic and contemporary cowboy music

July 8, 2015 — For more than thirty years, the cowboy music and comedy quartet Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Reviving and revitalizing the genre, the group previously honored Autry with […]

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The Outside Circle: High school champs; ranch rodeos & big bad wolf

August 10, 2012 — We finally got some rain Tuesday night! The gauge said two inches and I actually believe it. All we have had lately is wind and a lot of scary lightning, so the rain was more than welcome. It was interesting to find out that we […]

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The Outside Circle: Blister beetles, Cowboy Class, Smart Chic Olene dies

August 10, 2012 — No updates on the rain in the area as there's still not enough of it, accompanied by too much lightning. I've talked to people in Colorado, Nevada, Nebraska, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana and Wyoming and it's the same story everywhere. On a positive note, nearly […]

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The Outside Circle: Brazile; adios Deuce; tie-down ropers & barrels

August 3, 2012 — I can't believe it's August already. Where has the summer gone? County fairs are upon us and school is poised on the horizon and I'm still not caught up on the spring work. Trevor Brazile is a household name in any household with a flicker […]

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The Outside Circle: Duane Howard hurt; Scamper; winning ladies & NHSRA Finals

July 27, 2012 — My sympathy goes out to those who have suffered losses in the big fires in our region. My heart aches, as well, over the suffering and loss of the livestock. Rodeo honoree in both the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy […]

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The Outside Circle: Duane Howard hurt; Scamper; winning ladies & NHSRA Finals

July 27, 2012 — My sympathy goes out to those who have suffered losses in the big fires in our region. My heart aches, as well, over the suffering and loss of the livestock. Rodeo honoree in both the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy […]

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The Outside Circle: WJHSR Champ, injured reserve list, driving contest, water warning

July 6, 2012 — I hope by the time you read this it has rained. the fires are out and the grass is growing. Obviously, with the 4th of July holiday, we had an early deadline here at the paper, so, as I write this, it’s still hot, dry, […]

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The Outside Circle: USDA funding, upcoming shows, rodeos, ranch rodeos, bull ridings, cowboy church

June 28, 2012 — A quick trip to eastern South Dakota showed me quite a variety of conditions. East of the Missouri is green and lush with water standing in the corn rows. Just west of the Missouri looks good until one gets to the stretches that got hailed […]

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The Outside Circle: Update on Zach, fire and smoke, Newell playday

June 28, 2012 — It’s been another hot, dry, windy week here in the northern plains. We’ve had some thunderstorms blow through, but no more than a sprinkle out of any of them. I helped work on our sewer lines on one balmy day when it was 108+ in […]

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The Outside Circle: Branding, Belmont, Ranch Rodeos, Missouri plant, and St. Jude ride

June 18, 2012 — It’s been a cooler week, thankfully, with a few showers that settled the dust. It was just right for branding, as the corrals weren’t dusty and the temperature was perfect. We had a fun crew and got our little bunch all branded and back out […]

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The Outside Circle: Lighting strikes, bronc matches, Interior Fronter Rodeo

June 12, 2012 — We’ve sure had some hot weather for this early in the year. Two days in a row of mid to upper 90’s at our place, accompanied by a blowtorch wind, sure turned the color on the grass. I moved the cows to a fresh pasture […]

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The Outside Circle: Busy June 9th, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, new rodeo, founder

June 1, 2012 — We’ve been getting a little rain here and there, so the grass is still trying to grow. I feel pretty fortunate compared to a lot of places, some not even too far from here. I’ve been to a sale or two and have seen cowcalf […]

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The Outside Circle: Wolves, bronc match, barrels everywhere, preakness and fishies

May 29, 2012 — Some friends took a drive through Wyoming’s Big Horns last weekend. They went up to Ranchester, over Dayton, to Greybull, Ten Sleep, and back to Buffalo. They raved about what a beautiful drive it was, plus lots of moose were within viewing distance, so it […]

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The Outside Circle: Dry country, farewells, vesicular stomatitus update, NRCA rodeos

May 23, 2012 — I took a nice drive over to Newcastle, WY, yesterday for the celebration of life for an old and dear friend. Gathered at the funeral were generations of ranchers from a big stretch of country, and of course that lead to some great visits and […]

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The Outside Circle: Horse racing, ranch rodeos, Belle Jackpot, Vesicular Stomatitus in New Mexico

May 14, 2012 — We finally got some wonderful rain, a total of 1.10 inches over the weekend. The country looks great and we’re sure going to have grass. Dams are still dry or close to it, but, now that the ground has some moisture, the next rains should […]

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The Outside Circle: Memories of Joann Founder, watch High School rodeo season

April 15, 2012 — It’s sure been a blustery, windy spring so far. I’m hoping that by the time you’re reading this, the rain will have all the draws and creeks running and the ground too muddy to get around to do any fencing. I was saddened to hear […]

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