Common ground

Common ground

Common Ground by Miranda Reiman November 2019 It was a memorable steak supper under the stars. Live music played in the background and I thought to myself, “I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed this much.” Earlier this fall, a few of my colleagues and I were...
Too many irons in the fire

Too many irons in the fire

Too many irons in the fire by Nicole Lane Erceg Imagine turning the handle on the water faucet and nothing comes out. Reaching the scoop into the feedbag only to scrape the bottom and come up empty. Picking up the coffee pot to pour, but no liquid fills your cup. You...
Live and learn

Live and learn

Live and learn by Miranda Reiman I see all kinds. In my travels across the country I visit many ranches that have been in the same family for a century or at least several decades. I always enjoy hearing what prior generations of cattlemen have passed on to the...
The cost of doing the right thing

The cost of doing the right thing

The cost of doing the right thing by Nicole Lane Erceg They reminded me of the ball pits I’d play in as a kid at McDonalds. Except these were black, and floating in a water trough. Designed to reduce water evaporation, the polyurethane spheres didn’t come cheap. These...
The art of the fix

The art of the fix

The art of the fix by Miranda Reiman  4-H prep should be an Olympic sport. Or at least it felt that way as I helped my older kids get ready for entry day at the county fair. Forms filled out, recipes found, last coats of paint applied. It’s a race against the clock....
Ranching from the history books

Ranching from the history books

Ranching From the History Books by Nicole Lane Erceg I’ve always been fascinated with history. From the Founding Fathers in grade school to the battles of World War II, the stories of those who came before us and the great feats they accomplished continue to intrigue...