Our farm hit the century mark last November. Our farm has supported the Yankton community: Baggs and Tamiesea, Mark’s Machinery, Koletzky Implement, C&B Operations, Truck-Trailer, Varilek’s Repair, Gerstner Oil, Long’s Propane, Teachout, Lepp and Franklin, Stockmen’s, Veterinary Medical Clinic, Frick Buying Station, Calvary Baptist Church, Vangen Lutheran Church, Gregg Motor, Robinson-Ehret, Northtown, Lewis & Clark, Graham Tire, South Gate 66, American State Bank, CorTrust, First Dakota National, Credit Union, Stubenogels, Mission Hill Locker, Steiner’s Locker, Yaggies, Yankton Ag, Mission Hill Elevator, Opsahl-Kostel, Wintz & Ray, Luken Memorial, Bomgaars, Ace Hardware, Alco, TG&Y, Save-U-More, Sunshine, Jack & Jill, Hy-Vee, Happy Jacks, Little King, Muggsy’s, Black Steer, the Elks, the Moose, VFW, Izaak Walton, Robbie’s, Boomer’s, the Walnut. That got me thinking and reflecting on the millions of dollars we have placed in the coffers.
I look now on a temporary zoning administrator, a zoning board and a county commission — all of whom oppose our livelihood on a productive and profitable level and wonder … is it time?
We travel 45 to 90 miles one way to purchase repairs for our livelihood and see banks, green machinery lots, red machinery lots, automobile dealerships and grocery stores in these communities and wonder if they may benefit from our commerce for their roads, schools, homes and community. I wonder if they would appreciate our economic impact on their communities. Maybe it’s time to consider. After all, we are just one farm.