Ag At Large
Above is a photo I took of some cropland east of Dickinson, N.D., that wasn't planted on July 2, 2014. It was a prevented-plant (PP) crop insurance situation because of some very wet planting season weather.
Of all of the input I receive from readers, PP is the tops. Several times a year I will get a phone call or e-mail from some farmer, wanting to know who to contact about the neighbor who o...
February 28, 2015 - 3:10pm
Before FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) many high school students participate in FIRST LEGO League (FLL). FLL is a global competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students. In September each year, a new challenge is announced that focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences, similar to FRC, but for the younger generation to get them interested in STEM ...
February 28, 2015 - 9:19am
It was a good talk the other night. You are one of the few people in
the world who is willing to talk to me about crazy inventions. It
makes me happy to know that if I ever need technical
advice/counseling about building a no-till air-seeder, sized small
enough to pull behind an all-terrain vehicle, that advice is just a
phone call to North Dakota away.
You probably heard that the ...
February 28, 2015 - 7:39am
People who know me well -- and those of you who have been paying attention in this blog -- know that one of my food foibles is beans.
I love green beans and yellow wax beans, but other than that -- blech! While Ive learned to love many foods that I detested as a child, my bean phobia has lingered into adulthood.
Its a texture thing. As much as possible, I avoid baked beans, chili beans, black...
February 27, 2015 - 12:19pm
Social Security Information and Updates
America Saves Week, February 23 - 28, 2015, reminds us all to focus on the importance of saving and investing for the future.The Social Security Administration is one of many public and private organizations participating in America Saves Week.
Steps toward achieving financial goals include saving, investing and planning throughout an entire career.
What is the status of your savings? Accordi...
February 27, 2015 - 8:17am
Better Business Bureau Buzz
Aggressive computer viruses continue to make the rounds, causing unlucky computer users to see messages which threaten people with fines or prison unless they pay up. These viruses encrypt - lock up - files on affected computers, holding them hostage, hence its name: ransomware. These viruses are spread through malicious links in emails or by visiting compromised websites. Better Business Burea...
February 26, 2015 - 5:59pm
Courage in the Kitchen
Covered with a generous mound of real whipped cream, the warm coffee cake was fragrant with the scent of almond extract and cranberries. When I transferred the first forkful to my mouth, I knew right away that I had lucked into a winning recipe for Courage in the Kitchen. I had never heard of Nantucket Cake, so I asked Nina for the recipe. She photocopied the handwritten card for me.
February 26, 2015 - 2:51pm
The Minnesota Bashaw Blog
The Shannon Miller situation has made its way down to St. Paul and on the Governors desk. He spent some time and recruited some other Democrats to draft a letter to the Chancellor at UMD demanding further explanation as to why her contract is not being renewed.
To steal a bit from Saturday Night Live, Really Governor Dayton? With all the troubles facing this state and all the budget problems ...
February 26, 2015 - 12:05pm
Addicted to Running
"We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort." - Jesse Owens
Early Saturday morning, my head was full of doubt.
It was dark. A dreaded minus sign illuminated on the blue digital thermometer reading of my SUV. Making matters worse, the guy on the radio was carrying on about the 20-below zero windc...
February 23, 2015 - 9:01pm