• Lon Tonneson

    Farming In Dakota When The Birds Come Back

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on March 24, 2010

    Geese are filling the air over the Red River Valley — a sign that spring has come and fieldwork may soon begin. It's been that way for more than a century in the Dakotas.   Consider the opening lines from the poem “Farming in Dakota” by Mortimer Brown, published in  “A Book of Dakota Rhymes” in 1907:   When old man winter gets his back broke and begins to lose his grip When the butter ducks go whizzing to their summer feeding grounds An’ the medder lark salutes us…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    South Dakota Wheat Growers Start Big Upgrade Project

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on March 8, 2010

    You want your elevator delivery to go like my meeting with Roger Hansen, vice-president of business development for South Dakota Wheat Growers.   Roger Hansen was ready and waiting for me at 7:30 am when I walked into the lobby of the Holiday Inn in Fargo Monday. No waiting around. No wasting time. Meet. Greet. Do business and get back on the road – which is exactly what you probably want from a man who is helping run your grain elevator.   Hansen is vice-president of business…

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