• Lon Tonneson

    Is Jim Hagemann A Polluter?

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 25, 2009

    Is Jim Hagemann a polluter?   That appears to be the central question in a lawsuit that Jim and his family are caught up in.   Jim is parttime farmer. He runs approximately 130 registered Red Angus cows north of Winfred, S.D., and works a couple off-farm jobs.   A neighbor has sued him for allowing manure from his rented wintering pens to run off the feedlot. The neighbor – a physician from Sioux Falls who built a private hunting lodge and recreational area across the road from the…

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    From Bobcat To Horseback

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 15, 2009

    I went from riding a Bobcat to riding a horse last week.   After attending Bobcat’s introduction of a new skid steer loader, I traveled south to Selfridge on the North Dakota-South Dakota border to interview Rod Froelich, a rancher and state legislator.   He took me over to a neighbor’s ranch and we rode through a pasture with nearly two dozen cowboys and cowgirls who were rounding up cows and calves for branding. The grass was in good condition and the cows and calves were recovering from…

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    Got An Idea For Bobcat?

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 14, 2009

    Where does Bobcat get all its ideas for the attachments?   The company already makes about 70 tools to use with a Bobcat – everything from post hole augers to road graders.   Most of the ideas come from customers. You can also submit ideas through its Web site. They get two or three submissions are a week.   One of the latest ones: A log cutter.   The tool grips a 10-foot long log in a grapple-like vise as a chainsaw on an arm chops the wood into even lengths and awl splits the log…

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    What’s new at Bobcat

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 11, 2009

    It laid off welders and machinists and scheduled temporary shutdowns of its manufacturing plants this summer, but there’s no slowdown in product development at Bobcat.   The Fargo, N.D., company introduced the new M Series loaders recently. The four models -- the S630 and S650 skid-steer loader and the T630 and T650 compact track loaders – have bigger, more comfortable cabs; better visibility and more hydraulic power and are easier to maintain than any other loader on the market, according to…

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    Worrying About Carbon Cap And Trade

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 7, 2009

    Climate change was on Jeff Enger’s mind when I caught up with him in the field recently.   He was super coultering around potholes in a corn field, trying to stay ahead his brother and nephew who were planting soybeans at a feverish pace. The calendar said June and some of fields around Marion were just getting dry enough to plant.   Enger represents North Dakota corn growers on a national cap and trade committee.   Cap and trade is a government idea that would limit carbon emissions from…

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    Global Warming -- Get Out Of Here

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     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 4, 2009

    I was riding around with Kevin Skunes, Arthur, N.D., as he shuttled soybean seed to the planter on JUNE 3.  He said this year’s late planting wasn’t so unusual.   Once or twice each decade, planting is extremely late in the Red River Valley, he says.   He remembers one year when there was snow in their shelterbelts on Memorial Day.   And another year -- the year his sister got married in early June -- he and a friend spent the morning hooking two tractors together to pull a disk through…

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