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On the ranch, On the road
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Calves provide confirmation

Following the Calves: New South Dakota babies

Calving season. It doesn’t fit nicely in between 4-H shooting sports practice or drama auditions. Community group meetings don’t stop for it, and spouses don’t “quit their day jobs” for two months. In the middle of my husband’s planting season right now, I’m well aware of that truth. Life goes on amid the crazy. But […]

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Hot topics, Research, The Meat Market
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Not there yet

We were bringing a little preschool friend out to our house for the afternoon. She was a town kid and about every three miles, she’d ask, “Are we ALMOST there?” Turns out 12 miles is a really long way when there’s the anticipation of a playdate. But I get it. I like that sense of […]

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On the road, The Meat Market
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For the love of beef

A salesman’s job is easier if he likes what he sells. Ask Patrick Ambrosio what his favorite cut of beef is. The reply is so quick, if you’re not looking him straight in the eye you’ll miss seeing them light up. “Ribeye. Grilled, pan-fired, anything that’s a ribeye. The next day, even, it’s still good.” […]

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On the road, The Meat Market
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‘Making it’ as a meat cutter

“All of my mom’s prayers have been answered,” says Thomas Tangaro. He’s just steps from the meat case he proudly restocks each morning when he gets in at 5 a.m. I was on a bit of a working vacation when I dropped in mid-morning, the 36-year Foodland meat manager already halfway through his shift at […]

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Hot topics, On the ranch, On the road
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Like father, (not necessarily) like son

I look young for my age. Always have, hopefully always will, so when it comes to spending time with most cattlemen, I naturally slip into the role of student. And it’s a good thing. There’s so much to learn, so many tales to tell. Listening does a life well, I say, particularly when you’re young. […]

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