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Recent Stories in Ranching Legacies

Mike Pierson: Raising What Ranchers Ride

January 6, 2017 — "I guess I just always wanted to be a cowboy. I never remember wanting to do anything else." – Mike Pierson In eastern Montana winding along a lonely, desolate stretch of Highway 200 lays Garfield County. Spanning over 4,600 square miles, the average population density

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A Century Strong

August 11, 2015 — John Zilverberg is no stranger to hard work. He watched his parents, Jake and Lutske, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1910, build a life as farmers near Springfield, Trippe and Wessington Springs, South Dakota. The second oldest of five children, he grew up wanting

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KEEPING A LEGACY ALIVE: South Dakota ranching family’s success spans generations

February 3, 2015 — A biracial widow, her seven children, and her band of horses traveled from Wyoming to Colorado then north to the Pine Ridge Indian reservation of South Dakota. The generations that followed built more than one successful ranch in the beautiful country that offers challenges but

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Phipps Land & Livestock: A salute to quality in Nebraska’s Sandhills

August 30, 2013 — Gary Phipps' great-grandfather arrived in the Sandhills of Nebraska in 1890, and started what would become a multi-generational, century spanning horse and cattle operation north of Whitman. While numerous changes have occurred along the way, quality horses and cattle remain the backbone of the long-standing

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Nuckolls: Success through vision, hard work

August 30, 2013 — The Nuckolls family came to Wyoming in the early 1900s from a plantation in Virginia, and for three generations have been successfully operating, expanding and improving their sheep and cattle ranch located in the scenic Black Hills of northeastern Wyoming. "My dad, William Swift Nuckolls,

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Star X Ranch: Tradition, Technology, and Family

August 30, 2013 — In 1908, when Ernest C. and Ora Stark arrived in Montana, they brought with them tools Ernest had made in his Minnesota blacksmith shop. His hand-forged items were stamped with a Star-X hallmark, which when read aloud sounds like "Stark's." Five generations later, it's still

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Weyer Ranch finds its way

August 30, 2013 — An endless canopy of azure skies is suspended over acres of now-brown grass found on the Weyer Ranch at Howes, SD. It's here, in west central South Dakota, just 30 miles south of Faith, that Cody and Denise Weyer go about the daily chores that

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Off Ranch, on to  another generation

August 30, 2013 — Ranches and islands are a pretty rare combination. However, the Off Family Ranch is located on an island in Colorado's San Luis Valley. It's where fourth-generation family member David Off is continuing his family's beef production legacy. "Our ranch was formed by the Rio Grande

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Quigley Ranch Historical haying operation, modern cattle ranch

August 30, 2013 — The Avon, MT, based Quigley Ranch has a long history as a hay and cattle operation that spans 125 years and five generations in the same location with the same family. Progressive thinking and an educational spirit have aided the family in their longtime success,

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Schulz Family

August 30, 2013 — It's been 132 years since German immigrant Charles Schulz and his family made their homestead claim in 1880 near what is now Edgeley, ND. Given the times and radically different lifestyle of that day, it's likely that Charles gave little thought to the possibility that

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Veteran Salute: Jim Lynn

August 30, 2013 — Vietnam veteran Jim Lynn and his wife Teena both grew up in agriculture, and worked hard to return to the industry following Jim's time spent fighting for our country. Today the humble, hardworking couple raise registered and commercial Rambouillet sheep, in addition to recently getting

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The Barlow family, 135 years of cattle production in western Wyoming

August 30, 2013 — Eight generations strong, the Barlow family's ranching roots in the Upper Green River Valley in western Wyoming run deeper than most. Started in 1878 by Ed Swan when he brought some of the first cattle to Big Piney, the ranch has been successfully transferred numerous

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Olson Double O Ranch

August 26, 2013 — Darrell and Vicki Olson's Double O Ranch south of Malta, MT, has been in the family several generations. "My grandmother and her brother came from Pennsylvania to homestead," Vicki said. "My grandmother came in 1916 and was probably one of the first women in Montana

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Ranching Legacy: Reed 77 Ranch, Riding for one of Wyoming’s oldest brands

August 26, 2013 — Located north of Manville, Wyo., the Reed 77 Ranch was founded in the late 1800s, with its signature 77 brand a key to its success even in the beginning. Bud Reed's parents, uncle and grandparents leased the ranch in 1936, and later purchased it in

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Ranching Legacy: Talkingtons carry on for 107 years

August 26, 2013 — The same year the first "flying machine" was patented by the Wright Brothers, 1906, Ott Talkington brought his family to west central North Dakota to establish a cattle ranch. He and his family made the long trek from Indiana to make their home on the

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Ranching Legacy: Joy and struggle, Hermann family takes it all

August 26, 2013 — Every ranch around the world has behind it a legacy of joy intertwined with struggle. Bob and Connie Hermann, second generation ranchers in Perkins County in northwestern South Dakota, are very familiar with both aspects of that heritage. Bob's Austrian-born father, Gustav Hermann, came to

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The Dixon family – A love of ranching “way out there”

August 26, 2013 — When Clayton Dixon's granddad came to America from England looking to make a living in American agriculture, he started a family tradition of ranching in one of the country's most remote areas that is still going strong four and five generations later. "My granddads name

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From the Little Missouri to Powder River and back: North Dakota’s Brown Ranch

August 26, 2013 — New York-born Albert Pearce "A.P." Brown came west in 1872, joining a federal survey party running township lines in what is now South Dakota and laying the trail between Yankton and Bismarck, Dakota Territory. In 1876, A.P. joined gold seekers bound for the Black Hills.

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Consumers want transparency in their food

August 6, 2013 — Where does our food come from? How does it get from the farmer to the grocery store? There are a lot of stopping points in the food production chain, and today's consumer wants to know more about the story behind the foods they are eating.

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Meade County landowners file suit over property assessments

July 26, 2013 — At least 10 Meade County (S.D.) landowners filed a joint appeal in late June of this year in circuit court, in protest of their 2013 property tax assessments. According to the appeal document, which was made to Meade County officials: Robert Heidgerken, county commission chairman;

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