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Squash Is A Smash

The Southern Peigan Diabetes Project will be holding a Cooking Class "Cooking With Squash" this evening (Wednesday) & it's for YOUR health. Tonight's "Cooking With Squash" presentation is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7:30 & will be conducted in the Southern Piegan Building in Browning. We are

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Thanksgiving
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Handy Hints For Mr. Turkey

The "Dean of Cooking, Leo Pearlstein, Director of Western Research Kitchens, will be joining me this afternoon (Thursday) at 4:45 on the Puffman Show at 4:45 with some "Handy Hints" for your holiday dinner

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Those Were The Days My Friend

The days of the buffalo! Glendive author Michael Bugenstein is out with his new book, "Since the Days of he Buffalo; A History of Eastern Montana and the Kalfell Ranch". It's a beautiful coffee table presentation edited by Linda Grosskopf & Nancy Morrison from Farcountry Press in Helena. Wh

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I’m On My Way To The Heritage

I'll be up at the Marias Heritage Center here in Shelby tonight (Tuesday) to read more "Montana History". We're more than 3 quarters way through the book "Girl from the Gulches; The Story of Mary Ronan" as told to Margaret Ronan & it gets better every week. Th

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Come For Dinner

It's a Harvest Dinner tomorrow (Sunday) down in Conrad. St. Michael's Church will be serving up the platters from 11:30 tomorrow morning until 2 in the afternoon & it doesn't stop at dinner...there's going to be a silent auction & BINGO(!) too! What a perfect way to kick off the month of November! Tickets will be available at the door tomorrow at St. Michae

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Puff On Precipitation

I just received the Precipitation Report for October from the Knees area. They had a trace of precip on both the 11th & 15th of the month. October 17th came in with 0.21 while the 28th & 29th experienced 0.05 & 0.

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Time To Put Down Her Labors

It's been one great career for Yvonne Layton over in Chester, & tomorrow, on Wednesday, the Farm Service Agency in Chester will be hosting an open house to CELEBRATE Yvonne's retirement! Tomorrow's open house at the Farm Service Agency will be from 1 until 4 in the afternoon. Pl

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How Are The Crops

According to "Tall" Todd out in west central Kansas (Leoti), there are NO dry land crops that are harvestable in the area; only irrigated pivots & they are a little green. The dry land that IS still harvestable is to the east in the Deighton area, about 60 miles from where they are located. To

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A Rest For Ralph

Ralph Stordahl is RETIRING! That's the word today from Conrad. Ralph has been a mechanic for years & years. He got his start with Wright Chevrolet before moving on to J & L Implement. Then, from J & J, it was on to Big Sky Equipment, & THIS Wednesday, there's going to be an open house at Big Sky Equipment down in Conrad for Ralph from 3 until 5 in the afternoon. A "Tip Of Our

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Foodopoly

No, it not's playing a game of monopoly while chowing down! "Foodopoly" is the title of a brand new hardcover book by the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter. The subtitle of this tome from The New Press (www.the

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Ag Appreciation
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Wallewein Family

Submitted by Chris Browning, Louanne & Mike Wallewein

Adam Wallewein was born in White Russia sometime around 1884 in a predominately German settlement.  His father died when Adam was around age 9 and his mother soon remarried.  There were eight or nine children in the family and since it was, at that time, against the law for her children to leave that country with a stepfather, they were left with other families to be raised while his mother and stepfather came over to settle in Canada.  Over the next few years, Adam lived and worked with numerous families and continued his education until the mandatory age of 16 at which time the government said their education was completed.

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Ag Appreciation
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Westwind Ranch – Holden Family

Written by Linda Holden

The Family And The Land
Westwind Ranch was founded in 1967 by John and Linda Holden. The ranch is located eight miles west of Valier and offers a unique panoramic view of both the Rocky Mountain Front and the vast rolling plains of north central Montana. John and Linda’s four children, Laura, Jack, David, and Janelle, grew up on Westwind Ranch. They are all married now, and the five grandchildren, Blake, Bryce, Hannah, Brooke, and Bradley, enjoy being frequent visitors at Westwind Ranch.  Laura and Mick live near Calgary where she works as a financial banker.  Jack and Tresha run Holden Hereford Ranch just a few miles from Westwind Ranch.  Holden Herefords was established by John's parents, Les and Ethel Holden, pioneers in performance testing with their registered Horned Hereford cattle.  David and Paula work and live near Red Bluff, California.  Janelle and her husband Doug live and work in the Bozeman/Livingston area. The Dream Of Excellence Becomes A Reality
In 1953, while in high school, John purchased his first registered cow from his Uncle Jack who started Cooper Herefords.  This purchase began John's ambition to raise top quality, fast growing, trouble-free seed stock.  John attended Montana State College at Bozeman and received a degree in Animal Science in 1962.  He and Linda were married while he was completing his Masters Degree in Agronomy.  After serving as an officer in the army, John and Linda returned to Montana where they purchased the land they would call "Westwind".

Over the years Westwind has been home to a variety of animals including the trusty cow dogs, registered Polled Herefords, Mammoth Donkeys, Quarter Horses, Montadale Sheep, Duroc Hogs, Guinea Hens, and even a lost Yak.  Wildlife such as deer, coyotes, gophers, raccoons, rabbits, skunks and foxes continue to roam Westwind Ranch.

Westwind Polled Herefords were started in 1965.  From 1965-1985 one of our bulls sired a national champion Heifer and had several bulls in major A.I. stud services.  We have sold cattle into 36 states, Chile, and Canada.  In 1985 we dispersed the Polled Hereford herd.

In 1971, the Holden's established Westwind Angus.  By the use of proven genetics they established themselves with high reputability selling to progressive cowmen everywhere.  Constantly tracking of the Westwind line for select genetic traits has allowed the ranch to produce superior seed stock.  This constant quest for excellence is reflected in the outstanding EPD values, consistency and uniformity of the herd.  We continued in the registered angus business until April 2002.  The angus herd was sold intact to the Harts of Frederick, South Dakota.

The opportunity for the expansion of the Hereford breed looked good, so we expanded into the Polled Hereford business in May of 2002. To quote John, “Herefords are my first love in the cattle business and their disposition is compatible with my age and abilities.  Registered cattle are not a business, they are a disease.  My banker says maybe disability would be a better description.  Anyway, it will be interesting to see what we can do since breeding good cattle takes many years.”

 

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The steer that started it all.
John showing the Reserve Grand Champion 4-H steer.
This Hereford steer was raised as a 4-H project in 1951and sold for 52 cents per pound.
John purchased a registered Hereford heifer with the money which started him on his way in the registered cattle business.

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