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Digger4819    Posted 01-24-2004 at 11:19:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Went to a fund raiser a few towns over. It was in the heart of farming country, some of the best land around. Well to make a long story short the men and wives did the Norwegian ancestors proud as they put on a good feed. The sad part is that there is hardly anyone left to come to it. There was a older gentleman that sat down across from my wife and I. In the course of the conversation and meal his son joined us. They informed me that they had rented out their farm and the individual that rented it had 900 milk cows. The son worked for him part time. Well this individual has 600 acres of alalfa so I said "Ya got a full time job haying." He then proceeded to tell me he had a $300,000 chopper, two end dump semis and treee tandums. They cover it all in 3 days. Then there is another farmer who has 15,000 acres of crops. Well back when I grew up around here a farmer had around 20 cows. So that means the dairy farmer has taken over for 45 families. The crop farmer has replaced 150 families. To top it all off now the remaining acrages are being bought up by people from Minneapolis-St Paul area as summer homes. This is a 130 miles away. As I look at this now I see why there were so few at the Legion for the fund raiser. As another oldtimer said we are either dying or in the rest home, hardly anybody left. They were sure all appreciative of us driving so far to support em.
Hope they survive and have many more fundraisers.

Katrina    Posted 01-24-2004 at 13:12:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Digger, what area or town is this? We seem to have the same problem around here. We try to keep things on the small scale on our place. There is a lot to learn and enjoy and it's more personal. We know each of our animals. Just yesterday we were missing one cow to come up for water and went and found her with her head stuck underneath an empty round bale feeder. Once we moved the feeder, we had to roll her over since she was lying uphill and couldn't right herself. We were afraid she would lose her calf but all seems good today. It is a sad situation that more people aren't able to keep their small farms and communities.

digger4819    Posted 01-24-2004 at 13:32:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's is the town of Bricelyn, Minnesota. It is really good that the metropoliatan people are moving there as summer homes as it will bring in money from big city and they tend to fix up places and pay more taxes. Helps to introduce yourself as a handyman and let em know what you do as they sometimes start projects and can't seeem to find the time or gardens need tending or lawnmowing and the list goes on. So hope all the vacant places get bought

marlowe    Posted 01-24-2004 at 12:45:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
and then try to get people to join the dept. i live 6 miles from our station in a town of 650 and can be the second one to the station for calls. the young just don't care

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