• Holly Spangler

    No Soft Land Prices Here

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 30, 2010

    The press releases from farm management groups and land sales gurus continue to assert that land prices are "holding steady" - which is typically code for "please don't let them slip further." They sure don't seem to be slipping around here. If anything, the land market's creeping up in western Illinois. This morning, 80 acres on the west side of Bushnell sold for $8,025 an acre. This was excellent, Class A farmland that was reasonably problem free…

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    We Love Weddings

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 23, 2010

    The Spangler and Hinderliter families had a big weekend, as my brother, Doug, celebrated his wedding. It was highly anticipated by my kids, as Jenna was the flower girl and Nathan the ringbearer...or as Jenna said, the “ring boy.” Jenna began angling for a flower girl job about three years ago, after seeing her cousin in a wedding. She started asking when she could be a flower girl, and my husband told her Uncle Doug was her best chance, but even that wasn’t looking so good. That was about…

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    Saturation Level Reached on Rural Roads

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 22, 2010

    I had a "first" today: for the first time in 12 years, I had to use the 4WD on my truck just to get out of our road. The mud is so bad, and the road has heaved so terribly in the middle, that even the load of rock they brought in last week isn't cutting it. Now we drive off to the side of the middle heave, cutting deep ruts in the ditch bank and saying a little prayer that we don't keep sinking. It all started a couple weeks ago, when the middle of the dead-end road we live on started heaving…

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    Life at a Country Church

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 1, 2010

    I looked up and spotted this scene on the coat rack at church yesterday. What a blessing to worship with a bunch of farmers at our little white church in the…

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