Proud to be a Finn

November 1, 2019
Sebeka woman, 91, celebrates her heritage with new book. Anni (Korpi) Putikka has always been at home on the farm. She milked her first cow at the age of eight years old in her childhood home of Teuva, Finland. Eighty ...

Boomer’s Journal: A better home and garden

August 1, 2019
Gardening and the word “hobby” were not synonymous in my world when I grew up on the farm. I don’t think it was in mother’s world either. Oh, she wanted a beautiful garden alright, and I think she might have ...

Is your farm truly protected?

February 1, 2019
A lot goes into owning and operating a successful farm. No matter the size, there are risks – some more substantial than others. It’s important farmers ask themselves how their operation might be at risk. If Mother Nature strikes or ...

Farm boy and his toys

January 1, 2019
Eagle Bend man has enormous toy tractor collection Years ago, a vintage toy tractor caught Marvin Hernwall’s eye one Christmas. His life hasn’t been the same since. 
Pat and Marvin Hernwall’s John Deere tractor is similar to those Marvin’s father

Boomer’s Journal: The milkman cometh

December 1, 2018
Picture it. A 17-year-old, 185-pound farm boy at 7 a.m. on Christmas Day, 1962. The milkman cometh. Truman Hanson, a kid who graduated from Battle Lake High School in 1963, had his chauffeur’s license (today’s equivalent would be a CDL). ...

Homegrown Minnesota tractors

August 1, 2018
You’ve probably heard of Minneapolis-Moline tractors. Or Twin City tractors, or possibly even Flour City tractors. But how about the Grain Belt tractor? Or the Midget? Or perhaps the Tom Thumb? All were legitimate tractors manufactured in Minnesota. In fact, ...