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The Sorting Pen
November 20, 2019
The Sorting Pen: 2 tons of kuchen and a lot of thanks
A number of years back, before I had kids and possibly before I was married, a lady at Faith Evangelical Church in Crystal Springs, N.D., asked...
November 20, 2019 - 6:00am
October 24, 2019
The Sorting Pen: Surviving the storm and the calm before it
Had we not had weather forecasts, Tuesday would have been a beautiful day. Wednesday would have seemed like a pretty typical early fall day,...
October 24, 2019 - 6:00am
October 2, 2019
The Sorting Pen: Reliving the sweet tradition of Grandma’s crab apple jelly
When I was growing up — and by growing up, I mean at least through my senior year of high school — my Mom would make me a peanut butter and...
October 2, 2019 - 6:00am
August 29, 2019
The Sorting Pen: No, Mr. Perdue, farmers are not whiners
The storm moved in while we were eating pizza. Bluish-purple clouds, followed by wind and then rain. We were going to try to get ahead of the...
August 29, 2019 - 6:00am
August 13, 2019
The Sorting Pen: Keeping the farm dog clean
Despite my growing affection for our motley crew of barn cats, I’ve always been more of a dog person. But looking at our Australian shepherd,...
August 13, 2019 - 6:00am
August 2, 2019
The Sorting Pen: Can you find balance on a family farm?
“Grandma and Grandpa, can you come see us?” It was such an innocent question from the mouth of my 3-year-old daughter while she video-chatted...
August 2, 2019 - 6:00am
July 19, 2019
The Sorting Pen: Friendship can bridge the rural-urban gap
When my husband and I purchased our first home together, I was excited to start planting a garden in the backyard. My friend Crystal Reid was...
July 19, 2019 - 6:00am
The Sorting Pen: Learning the ag history of the region through biography
Years ago, after I had devoured normal first-grade reading offerings, my mom suggested I might enjoy Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House”...
June 19, 2019 - 6:00am
June 5, 2019
The Sorting Pen: Don’t dump your junk in the country
When you’re out driving around, looking for stories in yet-to-be-planted fields, there are things you expect to see. Tractors, maybe. Farmers....
June 5, 2019 - 6:00am
May 11, 2019
The Sorting Pen: The ‘lifestyle’ of farming can be draining. Let’s talk about it
When I was a teenager, my mom and I were discussing why there were so many people around us trying to be “farmers.” They’d buy 10 cows...
May 11, 2019 - 6:00am
November 5, 2018
Schlecht: Vote for a person, not a party, this Election Day and always
I’ve always disliked the color purple — to the point of inexplicably telling my mom when I was a kid that certain shades of the color “give me a headache.” But now, I’m proudly purple if anyone asks.
November 5, 2018 - 6:00am
October 22, 2018
Commentary: Hear farmers complaining? Consider it therapy
If you spend much time around small town cafes, gas stations, bars, grain elevators and other gathering places, you've probably heard or been...
October 22, 2018 - 6:00am
October 8, 2018
We have more to leave behind than the farm
When my older daughter was about 3, my parents showed her videos they took at a Beach Boys concert. Reanna was enchanted. She listened to my...
October 8, 2018 - 6:17am
September 24, 2018
Balancing the variables of farming and ranching
After several late night sessions of helping my husband plan for the next year on the farm, I'm reminded why I chose to make my living with words...
September 24, 2018 - 7:08am
September 3, 2018
How many cows can you feed in half an hour?
I made an observation the other morning: It takes me and my daughters as long to feed three calves as it takes my husband and father-in-law to...
September 3, 2018 - 6:02am