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Letter -- Patriotism strong in rural America

Patriotism is not an exception on farms in the past or even today. Patriotism in rural America has always seemed to be stronger than it has within the urban areas. It may be attributed to the love of the land that framers hold dear to their hearts, or maybe it was instilled by their parents. No matter what the reason, examples are still found through out rural American.

This combine (below) belongs to Philip Rodriguez of Dalbo, Minn. His employees, Jeff Anderson and Randy Hoeft, showed up on my farm to combine the beans proudly displaying the America flag.

Phil combines over 2,000 acres of his own corn and beans and does another 2,000 acres of commercial combining spread out from Hinckley to Princeton on many small farms such as mine. With these new combines, they can combine up to 200 acres per day of beans and 100 acres per day of corn.

Having spent 30 years in the Army and returning to the family farm near Dalbo, it makes me feel really good to know that the patriotism that I grew up with on the farm is still alive and well!

-- Donn Olson, farmer from Dalbo, Minn.

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