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Where the windmills are

On the phone Richard Hamilton told me a visit to his place would, at the least, prove “interesting.” “We’ve got windmills and sheep and…” — that was all I needed to hear. I was in. To drive California, to jet in from its famous coasts and out from its hidden inland cities is a visual […]

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Following the Calves, On the ranch
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Friends and neighbors 1,000 miles away

Following the calves: Keaster cattle at Loseke Feedyard

Ranchers living in these parts of rural America know a thing or two about “long distance neighbors.” After all, the small eastern Montana town of Circle has laid claim to “the location farthest from a Starbucks in the continental U.S.” Montana and Nebraska ranked third and fourth in one report of the states with the […]

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Same chef, different story

Before I met him, all I knew about Michael Midgley was what I’d read in reality TV show reviews. “Enthusiastic,” “Brash!” By then the young chef had appeared on numerous cooking shows (Top Chef, Cutthroat Kitchen, Knife Fight, Top Chef Masters and Restaurant Startup) and sat through what I assumed were way too many interviews. […]

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On the ranch, On the road, Uncategorized
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Worth the wait, without losing weight

The first snow of the season was just moving off the Highwood Mountains to softly blanket the valley below when I pulled into Todd and Charla Prosser’s driveway this September. It was the rare kind of Montana snow that fell vertically, almost delicately; not a breath of wind to sweep it into a blustery tornado […]

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Following the Calves, On the ranch
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Following the calves: Proud to pass it on

“I don’t want to be the generation that screws it up.” South Dakota rancher Troy Hadrick told me that as we discussed all the changes he’s seen in four years at the helm of his family’s commercial Angus herd. “I marvel at what my grandfather was able to do coming through the Depression and keeping […]

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