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The Kihn farm, near Basswood, prior to the 1978 liquidation auction.

Making hay — and memories

A youthful summer sojourn still stirs memories for the author

It was another of those teenage decisions I never got to make — ugh. Mom called me over to her on an August Sunday afternoon. “You’re going to help Grandpa and Uncle Willie with their haying,” she announced. She’d just got off the phone with her brother 90 miles away near Russell. “They’ve fallen behind.