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The Lost Chicken

August 15, 2019

Lynne parked her car in the little lot behind Cookies Du Moi. It was an odd little corner of Salt Lake City mixing pawn shops, liquor stores with barred windows and an invasion of upscale...



David Ganje: The Cheese Plant

August 14, 2019

South Dakota’s agriculture industry has a $32.5 billion economic impact each year for the state. In addition to generating 33 percent of the state’s economic activity, dairy and cheese plants are called value-added industries in...


Lee Pitts: House Calls

August 13, 2019

PETA has declared victory in their battle over fur and now they want to go to war over wool. I guess no one has told PETA that you don’t have to kill a sheep to...



Prairie Memories By Gary Heintz: School Days, 1930s

August 8, 2019

Dad didn’t walk uphill to school both ways when he was a kid, but many times getting to school was an adventure just the same. The Heintz family lived at many different locations when the...



Baxter Black: The Feedlot Hand

August 8, 2019

Life is just a bowl of cherries to a first rate feedlot hand, All the gates swing free and easy, every day’s precisely planned. The boss is always pleasant and lavish with his praise. And...


Lee Pitts: Infamous Vegetarians

August 8, 2019

I’m getting sick and tired of vegans and vegetarians bragging about all the famous people down through history who were vegetarians for at least part of their lives. I’ll admit it’s a pretty impressive list:...




Lee Pitts: The Lock Mess Monster

July 30, 2019

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who prefer combination locks and those who like locks with keys. Combo people are generally early adopters of technology, good in math, boring, generous, precise...



Baxter Black: Talkin’ Dirty

July 26, 2019

In this column I have often mentioned scours, abscesses, big tits, bad bags, cancer eyes, foot rot, slurry pits, afterbirth, retained placenta, castration, heat cycles, sheep pellets and snotty noses. Over the years I have...



Lee Pitts: Sticker Shock

July 26, 2019

If I appear to be walking a little funny lately it’s because it’s sticker season. It’s that time of year when all the foxtails dry out and attempt to attach themselves permanently to my clothing....




Day Writing by Heather Hamilton-Maude: Four-year Checkup

July 19, 2019

This week was my son’s four-year checkup. If you’re a regular reader, you may recall we have a history of…interesting interactions with his pediatrician. This visit was no exception. She is a very nice lady,...


Loco En La Cabeza

July 19, 2019

I think I may have a slight problem. My wife thinks I’ve reached the point of being borderline crazy. I’ll give you just one small example and let you decide. I’ve always been highly organized....