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Shine on Harvest Moon

Grain dust fills the air leaving the horizon hazy with hues of purple, orange and pink; Huge combines lay bear the soil; Large, long semis haul trailers filled with sugar beets or potatoes.  These are the sights, sounds, and smells in the Red River Valley near Grand Forks, North Dakota.  It's harvest time for area farmers providing food for the nation's consumers.  This author recalls, as a child, riding out to the fields with my aunt in a pickup on Grandpa Schultz's farm near Donnybrook, North Dakota, to bring dinner to the workers who were thrashing wheat where combines with large, burlap belts moved the gears that ran the machine.  Sandwiches, cake and hot, steaming coffee were welcomed by the workers who were covered in dirt and grain chaff.  It was a short break from harvesting the long rows of grain. After a small rest the workers would return to finish the field before nightfall or rain, while the rest of the day this author was sneezing because of hay fever and allergies to grain dust!

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