• Holly Spangler

    Lesson #1 for Rural Driving: Forget the GPS

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on June 28, 2010

    Every year at about this time, the population of the greater Bushnell area swells by about 30,000, as young  people from all over the country flock to a hard rock Christian music festival known as Cornerstone. Normally, this doesn't shake the locals up too much; we see a lot more traffic, maybe a few lost drivers, and you definitely want to avoid going to Dairy Queen or the local IGA if at all possible this week. And because the event takes place on a huge campground just about three miles…

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    Her First Show

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on June 21, 2010

    An upfront confession: my husband, John, and I have been a little overly excited about having a kid showing cattle, since pretty much before we ever had kids. Thinking of how we were "doing this for our kids" got us through long nights of pulling calves in the wee hours, and years of, ahem, budget shortfalls on the cattle side of the operation. We grew up in the showring, and if our kids have any interest whatsoever, we'd love for them to, too. So here we go. A loss in the cow herd this past…

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    Walkin’ in High Cotton

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on June 7, 2010

    I washed a load of jeans this morning. Here's what I found in the bottom of the machine: That there, fellow Midwesterners, is a handful of cottonseed. It's technically referred to as fuzzy whole cottonseed. We don't see much of that around here. Like, none. And so when my little guys tagged along with me on a photoshoot last week to Steve and Phyllis Hess's dairy farm, they got to see baby calves. Which they've seen before. But they also got to see a bunch of fuzzy whole cottonseed. And…

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    Customer Service 101

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on June 2, 2010

    John, my generally unflappable husband, came home for lunch grumbling today. “Some companies just don’t want to do business,” he said. He held out a little pressure switch from the Tru Count row shutoffs on the planter, and told me how it had quit working. He called Neff Company, the local Deere dealer, to get a new one. They told him to call Tru Count, which is now owned by Trimble. So he called Tru Count. The representative there said they could only sell them through…

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