But, only in a wishful sort of way.
I miss cows.
There, I've said it. So, if you're not a cow fan, you may venture away. But understand you'd be sorry. I have great, no exceptional photos from back in the day are here. Library of Congress and Blogger permitting, as they sometimes interrupt posts.
Sepia Saturday - where we travel the fabric of yesterday to our present day, seems like the appropriate place to bring this cow story.
Yep, I just heard of another dairy farmer packing in his buckets and selling off his cows.
Minnesota casually known as "Land of 10,000 lakes" is a bit of an understatement, but you already know that. If you're a Minnesotan!
A good idea of who we are-
If you only watch one youtube video today, make it this one! Be prepared to roll on the floor, laughing!
Our official motto is "L'Etoile du Nord" French- Star of the North. Minnesota's first settlers, were Dakota and Ojibwe/Anishinaabe and a majority of European settlers arrived from Scandinavia and Germany, to make Minnesota their new home.
All across the globe settlers have established permanent residences from faraway places. Seas were filled with fish, and treetops everywhere held birds not in flight. Farms and livestock weren't in short supply. But, where are the cows today?
I live in a small rural community of 1500 residents and this area was first settled in 1854, and Minnesota became a state in 1858. Our township is fortunate to still have the highest percentage of high-quality farmland in all of Dakota County.
Right near our house we've lost too many dairy cows and other livestock.
Are the hunters taking over what once was a thriving land?
As dairy farming was back in 1939.
Welcome to the Brandtjen Family Dairy Farm, in Dakota County, Lakeville, Minnesota
Brandtjen's Guernsey cow.
Photo taken September 1939
Dairy farmer, in Dakota County, Minnesota, on his Brandtjen family farm. Just one silo and barn pictured here.
Wise Words of Worthy Advice
"We need to keep cowmen on the ground." - J.B. Bright, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge.
Photo taken September 1939 of hired hand for the Brandtjen Dairy Farm.
"This is (hearty) Minnesota- If you don't graze it or burn it, it will become Forest." - Bruce Freske
September 1939 at the Brandtjen Dairy Farm.
This link will take you to another post about what the Brandtjen Dairy Farm is today.
The spirit of a family dream lives on, without the cows.
I'm not by any means describing a Minnesota or other land primarily for the use of farming.
Even though it once was a striving force in Minnesota.
Minneapolis Skyline today
Commerce is necessary, as are our throngs of hunters thinning the overly populated deer and other wildlife animals in specific areas.
Farmington, Minnesota back in September 1939.
Just don't let farming and especially, the cows, be wiped out.