As big as a barn

Nebraska history books talk about it, barn aficionados know about it, and for something like 75 years, the 18-sided barn that stood along the Niobrara River sat on land that my in-laws now operate near Butte, Neb. It was originally built by a local who had a contract...

In Disguise

It’s easy to write about good news. Even for an optimist like me, it’s not that hard to write about bad news. In good or bad, there’s often a dramatic story to tell. What’s hard to write about? So-so news that’s neither good nor bad. It just is. It’s been a month...

Think about it

“Where will you put another one?” It was a genuine question we got from family and friends—after rounds of congratulations and surprise—when they learned we were adding to our family of seven. Those closest to us know we bought somewhat of a “fixer-upper” when...

Angus way out there

“You better just let us come to you,” Anjie McConnell told me over the phone. Honestly, I was surprised I even had cell reception on my way to their Wyoming ranch, so I pulled alongside the road and waited. Her husband Mike’s cowboy hat gave them away. “Little...

These doctors have a new prescription

A dozen years ago when my husband got his master’s degree in agronomy, he was doing work in precision ag. Looking for ways to reduce phosphorus runoff from manure application, he applied it at varying depths. Yield monitors, grid soil sampling and GPS guidance helped...

Record Breaking Quality

Confession: I’m not really a “numbers” gal. My friends and I often joke about me doing “journalist math” as I am definitely more blessed with an affinity for words over anything numeric. I do however, love when numbers tell a story. While most spreadsheets would make...