Never in my born days did I think I’d have something good to say about Bull Thistles. That’s because I was raised on a dairy farm that also had hogs and chickens and grain (oats, barley, and wheat) was part of their diets. This was before combines and farmers cut their small grain crops with a machine called a grain binder which cut the standing grain and tied it neatly in a bundle. One of my jobs during harvest was to stand one bundle against another with six or eight in a shock. If you wanted to get fancy you’d take a single bundle and place it lengthwise on the top of upright bundles. I only did this if it was a wheat crop. This was in the late forties and even though the crops were spot-sprayed to kill the weeds, it seems there were always some thistles on parts of the field. I got along pretty well with Canadian and sow-thistles, but those bull thistles didn’t show any mercy!
To the Editor:
Before we begin the business of electing a president in 2016, we should pause a moment to appreciate President Barack Obama. A recent article in Forbes Business Magazine (I know! - Forbes!) presents data that indicates that President Obama is the "best economic president in modern times". When his economic record (more than 64 straight months of job growth) is combined with the ending of 2 wars and providing health care to additional millions of Americans, it is apparent that we should be asking President Obama to serve a third term. I am not a great friend of the Republican Party, but it seems only fair to point out that fewer jobs, more wars and less health care may not be a winning strategy.
Most drivers on the road have seen a law enforcement officer performing a traffic stop. Some of you may have even experienced the traffic stop first-hand! Whichever the case, a number of drivers are still not aware of a Minnesota Law requiring drivers to move over one lane when passing a stopped emergency vehicle(s) or road repair equipment. This law is known as the “Ted Foss Law.” On August 31, law enforcement all across Minnesota will be working to educate drivers of this law.
The family of the late Jim Campbell wish to express their appreciation to all those who offered kindness, generosity, support and comfort in our bereavement. Our special thanks to Father John Meyer for his meaningful funeral service; Krista Tarbox and Sarah Goelz for the beautiful music and voices; the Maple Lake VFW Post 7664 Members and American Legion Post 131 Members for the Honorable 21 Gun Salute; and the delicious food from B & P Catering.
Your many acts of sympathy continue to be a great comfort
Vanna and I spotted three turkeys along the north side of Ney Park last week. The were on the edge of the road and retreated quickly into the standing corn. The same day I was driving by Punchochar’s pheasant farm on Spruce Ave. when a mink ran across the road near Frank Hogan’s home. Another day a young pheasant flew out of Potter’s bean field across from Ney Park. Neither I nor my coffee drinking buddies have noticed any Possums this year which is a good sign as they rob eggs from pheasant nests, but I did see a road-kill young pheasant on County Road 8 near Silver Creek. . . the pheasant roosters are quiet time this time of the year and seldom are heard unless they are startled. . .
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