Archive for September, 2012

1) Celebrating My Dad’s Birthday … 2) Celebrating Corn Harvest

September 16, 2012

Ninety-four years ago today my dad, Deane Gunderson*, was born in an upstairs bedroom in the house (then) at the southwest corner of Section 24, Roosevelt Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa. That farmstead is pictured immediately below.

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September 16, 2012. Ninety-four years ago today my dad was born on this farmstead. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

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Four years earlier, on Halloween 2008, my dad and I were in the same corn field (as pictured above) during harvest. Near the bottom of this post is a little video of my dad that day. The video will probably appeal to family members more than anyone else, but I love it so much I’m posting it. (I still have the ears of corn he picked for me that day.)

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Halloween, 2008. My dad and me in Section 24 during harvest. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

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Enlarge any thumbnail image (below) by clicking on it.

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*In addition to the house that was at this location at the time of my dad’s birth (and is now long gone), there was also a barn located here. In 1982 Roger and Dan Allen had the barn moved into the town of Rolfe. It is now known as their “Bud Barn.”

**An image of a brace root during the growing season is in this post.

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

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Iowa State 37 — Western Illinois 3: The Intro at Jack Trice Stadium

September 16, 2012

Paul Rhoads and the ISU Cyclone football team enter Jack Trice Stadium … Enjoy!

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

Corn Harvest (Pocahontas County, Iowa, 9-14-12)

September 16, 2012

The following video is of corn harvest in Section 13, Roosevelt Township, Pocahontas County, Iowa. This field is about three miles southwest of Rolfe, Iowa. The video starts with a view to the west. At two or three points in the video my hometown of Rolfe is seen on the horizon to the northeast. To the east is the farmstead where I lived all my life until heading off to college at Iowa State.

The footage isn’t great, but for my family (and anyone else who wants) to watch, it’ll do the job to help us visualize this year’s harvest.

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In a previous post I wrote about how fortunate Pocahontas County is to have, so far, mostly avoided this year’s severe drought or other yield-reducing effects from the weather. Of course, there won’t be a collective sigh of relief from farmers until all the crop is harvested. But, as of now, the  yields in several counties in northwest Iowa are looking much higher than in many other parts of the state and Midwest.

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

Go Get ‘Em, Iowa State! (But, please, no one get hurt.)

September 8, 2012

 

July 4, 2012. West Lake Okoboji, Iowa. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

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I’m rooting for Iowa State today. But, as a mom of a Division I First Team Academic All-American athlete, I remember the agony associated with any injury during her athletic career. So, for both Iowa State and Iowa, I hope none of the athletes become injured today. (And, I hope everyone associated with both teams is on best behavior!)

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)