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ISSUE DATE: 12/26/2011

The names are fading, but the images will last forever

By Doug Rich

Star Zephyr, Monitor, Wards Air King, and The Wonder Mill are names that can still be seen across rural America if you look closely at the faded lettering on old windmills.

Russell Smelser has been looking closely at windmills since he began restoring and servicing old windmills shortly after he graduated from high school. Traveling to family reunions as a young man, Smelser said they would go by an old wooden windmill east of Valley Falls. He became interested in the old workhorses and eventually purchased a Monitor windmill from a farmer south of McLouth, Kan., for his first restoration project.

The Baker Manufacturing Company of Evansville, Wis., first introduced the Original Monitor Vaneless windmill in 1875. It was called the Monitor because the weight on the windmill was modeled after the Civil War era battleship by the same name. Baker Manufacturing Company produced windmills from 1875 to 1912.


Ag mediator honored for service to Wyoming
AgrAbility helps keep disabled ag producers at work
Beef 4 Battle sends beef sticks to troops
Borlaug Institute collaborates with university in South Sudan
Could have, should have and would have
Excellence in Agriculture Award presented
Farmer tells of losses in MF Global failure
Initiative aims to bring more physicians to rural America
K-State chosen for international nutrition grant
Lacewell receives Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award
Men charged in farm thefts
Milestone reached in farm safety
Scholarship established to honor ag teacher
Surplus from produce research donated to food bank
USDA reminds Native American farmers of deadline to file claims


Ag statistics service looks at budget
AgriLife Extension offers free soil testing to growers
Biodiesel industry urges Congress to extend tax incentive
Building a Solid Foundation theme of No-till on the Plains Winter Conference
Council recognizes ag conservation award winners
Crop Production Clinics offered across the state
Dickersons win Achievement Award
Earthworms beneficial to crop production
Economical weed control system manufactured in the USA
Farm Bureau elects leadership, adopts policy positions
Farmers receive Young Farmer Achievement Awards
Fertilize for big yields and low cost
Grain growers elect officers, set policy for 2012
Grain science professor appointed to endowed professorship
K-State offers ag events
K-State to host Risk Assessed Marketing workshops
KSU plans Experiment Fields Update
NRCS announces Conservation Stewardship Program
NSP announces Yield and Management Contest winners
Oklahoma wheat growers gather for annual meeting
OSU offers grape management course
Outstanding Service to Agriculture Awards presented
Recruitment open for Kansas Environmental Leadership Program
Reducing drought-stress losses to wheat
Reviewing the Kansas wheat year
Soils and Crops Conference will focus on forage management
Sorghum seed shortages likely
State representative named Wheat Man of the Year
Strip-till improves nutrient uptake and yield
Texas Wheat Board honors top elevators
The names are fading, but the images will last forever
Watershed meeting will be held in Topeka
Watershed protection plan available for review
'Whole Earth Catalog' founder to speak at next Heuermann Lecture


Additional vets hired in Animal Health Division
American Royal Limousin, Lim-Flex champions named
Beef checkoff announces veal sweepstakes winner
Beef Empire Days committee introduces Feeder Cattle Challenge for 2012
Beef Quality Management program offered in College Station
Bennet supports Country-of-Origin Labeling for meats
Bulls positive for trichomoniasis found in 40 Missouri counties
Checkoff releases National Beef Tenderness Survey
Consider options for value-added marketing program
Corn stalk residue is good feed alternative
Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference focuses on efficiency
Group seeks changes in Yellowstone bison handling
Interest in meat goats increasing
Jersey All American winners announced
KLA dairy committee moves to council status
Managing moisture in the feedlot
NCBA hosts hands-on education at annual convention
NCBA: Cattle producers need to continue to help grow beef demand
Planning and observation key to cattle health care
Project aims to demonstrate effects of Angus genetics on beef quality
Raising meat goats requires sound management
Red Angus honors members at convention
Research demonstrates lean beef is good for heart health
Show goats take top honors
Specialist: Wheat straw an alternative feed source for cattle
Take steps to make calf vaccination effective
Watch cattle for symptoms of fescue foot
Western Nugget Hereford Show winners announced
WYOBEEF to host Gate to Plate workshop
Young stockmen graduate at KLA Convention


Merry Christmas
The year in review
Use the gift of memory


Blended seed corn products now available for 2012
Goin' after one
Just a scoop full
New BRD therapy is approved
Smartphone application crunches data
Sweet success
'Twas the week before Christmas


Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Grains, soybeans close on positive note
Hay trading moderate to active
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most classes of hay selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
Ogallala livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina cattle sales report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Springfield dairy heifer sale
Superior video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report


Managing drought risk on the ranch
NMSU's Corona research center to host range beef meetings
Rangeland management seminar set for Jan. 5
Trent Loos to address Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference


4-H team wins competition with food safety robotics project
4-Her donates to scholarship fund
Allowance can teach money management skills
Culinary herbs and edible flowers
Ease cash crunch in new year
Gardening classes begin in January
Goin' After One
Granby has lots of extra attractions
Growing chestnuts a challenge, but possible
Hunting pheasant won't hurt long-term population numbers
Iowa 4-H Foundation Gala set for February
Keeping resolutions while on the go
Kids can help with recycling
Make a soda bottle aquarium
Meditation for 12-26-11
NMSU testing hoop house designs for winter vegetable production
NMSU, school districts implement pest management programs
Recipes for food mix gifts available
Save change to jump-start savings
Selecting a de-icer that will not harm plants
Spring Gardening Workshop set for Jan. 21
Using technology in floriculture
Variety is important when packing healthy sack lunches
Will the guilty tick please stand up?

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