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Hanson Acres: Keeping a weather eye on the family too

Sometimes you have to take what the season will give

Reading Time: 4 minutes By the beginning of September, the Hansons were nearly finished harvest.  “Not that getting done fast is anything to brag about,” Jeff said. “This is the worst harvest ever.”  Jeff’s father Dale, with his fully detailed recall of 1988, insisted that 2021 wasn’t anything like the worst harvest in Hanson history, but it was still […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: Summer on the farm, a time to remember

“You’ve got to come and see this,” Jeff said. But that was only the start of the story

Reading Time: 5 minutes “We’ve been walking forever!” Six-year-old Jenny had started to gripe a few minutes earlier, and now she was breaking out in a full-fledged whine.  Jenny’s mother Elaine rolled her eyes. “It’s only been 10 minutes.” “But it’s soooooo hot.” Jenny pretended to stagger, as if she couldn’t possibly keep up the pace.  Elaine couldn’t argue […] Read more


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Hanson Acres: “Remember the guy who was out here Monday morning?”

In a heartbeat, the Hansons’ year takes an unhealthy turn

Reading Time: 4 minutes After they spent the first few days of the spring seeding season working out the kinks, the Hansons had things well underway by the beginning of the second week. Until late Friday morning when Jeff’s cell phone rang. Jeff was in the tractor seeding canola, just about to break into his lunch cooler.  “Hey,” Jeff […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: This spring, the Hansons think maybe they’ve got it figured out

The family has been at this farming thing for generations. It’s time for that to show

Reading Time: 4 minutes After Jeff knocked on his parents’ door he was too impatient to wait for an answer. He opened the door and stepped in.  “Come and see this!” he yelled, holding up a sheet of paper. “Is everything okay?” his mom, Donna, called from the basement.  “You bet it is!” Jeff called back.  By the time […] Read more


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Hanson Acres: The big day is here, but does it matter?

On the Hanson farm there’s a new rule. COVID-19 doesn’t always get to win

Reading Time: 5 minutes “They’d had lunch, and Donna Hanson was finishing her cup of coffee at the kitchen table, flipping through the latest mail and trying to decide what to do with her afternoon. “I’m heading out to the shop,” her husband Dale called from the porch where he was playing a fierce game of tug-of-war with his […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: The votes are in, so tell us who won!

It’s election day, and on the Hanson farm, the tension is mounting and mounting

Reading Time: 4 minutes Elaine Hanson’s laptop was propped up at the end of the kitchen table, and Elaine, her husband Jeff, and Jeff’s parents Dale and Donna sat clustered in their chairs at the other end, drinking coffee and watching the screen. Elaine bit her lip, one eye on the screen and the other on her phone, where […] Read more


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Hanson Acres: “Where did she go? I just saw her a minute ago!”

Sometimes it’s a dog’s life on the farm, but only if you’re very, very lucky

Reading Time: 5 minutes Dale’s heart was beating louder than the seed cleaning plant motor. In full panic mode, he shouted again, but still no response. He could feel the sweat on his forehead turning his toque damp. He spun in a slow circle, looking around the yard. No traffic was going by on the road. That at least […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: The countdown begins, with eight more weeks to go

“Remember,” Elaine was told, “not everyone’s going to agree with you.”

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Thanks Jeff,” Elaine said, barely looking up as her husband refilled her coffee cup. Elaine and her mother-in-law were at the kitchen table, working on Elaine’s campaign. With eight weeks to go until the end of elections for the board in Saskatchewan, Donna was re-reading the final draft of Elaine’s candidate bio while Elaine tweeted […] Read more


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Hanson Acres: A big decision, and a nervous wait

What will her family say, Elaine wonders. And what about all those other farmers?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Elaine Hanson’s laptop glowed at one end of the kitchen table. At the other, Elaine, her husband Jeff, and Jeff’s parents Dale and Donna sat in a cluster, hovering over their coffees and watching the screen. Elaine bit her lip, one eye on the screen and the other on her phone. Her fingers texted continuously. […] Read more

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Hanson Acres: So how come Connor is still sitting in the truck?

“You’d better get him home,” Donna said. “Elaine’s looking for him.”

Reading Time: 5 minutes When the phone rang Donna finished sewing to the end of the seam before she picked up. “Hrguagh?” she said, realizing too late that she was still holding three pins in her mouth. “Um… Donna?” her daughter-in-law Elaine asked. “Sorry,” Donna said, removing the pins. “I can call you back?” “No!” Donna said. “I’m glad […] Read more