• Frank Holdmeyer

    Christmas Memories on the Farm

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on December 19, 2013

      I have many fond memories of Christmas seasons growing up on the farm and since. I'm sure you do as well. One of my favorites is when we were raising sheep a few years ago. We had hung a lighted star in the gable end of the sheep barn as a Christmas decoration.  During December and January I usually left a small light on in the barn in case a ewe decided to lamb. One evening, shortly before Christmas, after chores I stood and looked back at the sheep barn.  The ground was…

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    Forty- Year Anniversary of a Love Story

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on October 1, 2013

      Willie Vogt, Farm Progress Editorial Director, encourages his team members to utilize our vacation days. So, I took him at his word and left September 20 for a week of fishing in Ontario. I was joined by my wife Trish, her brother Dennis and his wife Jana. It just so happens forty years ago – 1973 – was my first fishing trip to Canada and the first time I met Trish. I was invited by Dennis that spring to join his family fishing trip to Gull Rock Lake. All week I kept…

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    Grilling Steaks, Chops Used To Be Fun

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on June 14, 2013

      Grilling season is about to hit its peak. And what’s more fun than pulling that sizzling steak or pork chop off the grill? Perfect grill marks and the aroma make ones’ mouth water. But, as my father-in-law used to opine “nothing good ever lasts”. A Purdue University professor of Food Science says the chemicals contained in charred, seared and fried foods may over a period of time kick-start the body’s ability to add new fat cells and increase the…

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    Don't Fry this Summer

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     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on June 3, 2013

      I can say it. I've had cancer – skin cancer. Fortunately, mine was basal-cell carcinoma – the most common kind and fairly easy to treat. It did require outpatient surgery (with stitches), however. That was about 20 years ago. I have never forgotten the surgeon showing me slides of examples of people he treated for skin cancer. Some were pretty gruesome – huge patches of tissue removed from people's faces, heads, backs, etc. I see my dermatologist every…

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