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Hello, We were lucky.  Real lucky. 

          I’m sure you have seen the stories and the pictures of last weeks snow storm in North Dakota.  For an October storm, it was a doozy.  Up to two or three feet of snow and strong winds.  But we missed it here in the west.  I guess by about fifty miles. 

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          Two days before the storm, we decided to bring cows home from a pasture we had rented over in Kidder county.  A hundred and sixty miles east of here.  I know, I know, you say I must be crazy.  Don’t tell me.  Shirley has made that abundantly clear.

          Thanks to a friend, I was able to borrow a truck and trailer.  A big truck.  One with all those wheels. 

          Now, as I’ve often mentioned to Shirley, “I used to be a hotshot”.

          A hotshot was a delivery guy in the oil field.  We hauled lots of stuff.  Pipe, mud motors, drill bits, sucker rod… Whatever was needed.  We hauled with a pickup.  I haven’t driven much truck in a lot of years.

          So I crawled up in this big rig and hit the road.  There are lots of gears in a big truck.  Like 13 of them I guess.  I’m not sure.  They say it’s like riding a bike.  Once you get started, it stays with you.  Evidently they never crawled up in a big truck in a hurry to beat the storm.

          Since I was empty, I didn’t need all of those gears.  I found a couple that got me going and once on the highway, I could find a high enough gear to roll along pretty good.  Oh, it was kind of tough at first.  Occasionally I would come to a standstill after making a turn and missing a gear.  Or missing several gears.  If you happened to pass a big truck with a long trailer sitting on the shoulder of the road last week and wondered what was wrong, it was nothing.  Just me.

          But thanks to that neighbor, and a couple others, when the storm hit, our cows were safely home. 

          Others weren’t so lucky.  The pictures that have been posted show the devastation that was caused by a late spring, cool summer, and early winter.  Crops are still in the fields.  Beans, beets, corn, and a lot of wheat are snowed or mudded in.  It was warm enough, I don’t think the cattle losses will be great, but any loss is heartbreaking and the mental toll is exhausting. 

          Hopefully, you and your neighbors are alright.  I can thank our neighbors that we are.

Later, Dean

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