Our neighbor, Steve, would like to sell his farm. Steve is 93 years old, has essentially retired, and is renting our family the 120-acre parcel of land surrounding his homestead. He’d like to sell it to us, but will not sell because of the capital gains tax he would have to pay on the saleContinue reading “A tale of two taxes”
All opinions expressed herein are my own and may not reflect the views of the US Government, the Department of Defense, the United States Army, the State of Minnesota, or the Minnesota Army National Guard. Dear Hometowns, Our ancestors fought for a better world for us, our families, and our future, and it is inContinue reading “Dear Hometowns”
“It’s not like it used to be,” said Jerry at the Co-op. I was giving my girlfriend a whirlwind tour of Kiester, MN, on a cloudy Monday morning. She had asked him how Co-ops have changed over time. “The guys used to come on down in their manure boots, sit around the table, and haveContinue reading “The Family Farm”
“Just go on back to your office, you don’t care.” Whatever, Frank. Frank believes that his neighbors should turn their cornfield into a wetland in order to hold back water when it rains. Right now, if Frank and his neighbors get more than three inches of rain in a couple hours, a full-blown river flowsContinue reading “Water is for Fighting”
“Hey, my man, I need to talk with you right now about something very important. Can I come sit with you?” We had been living in Mankato for four or five months when our neighbor, Mohammed, stopped me in the hallway of the apartment complex. “Oh! Of course, come on in!” Mohammed and I walkedContinue reading “Neighbors”
One of my classmates at the US Army Officer Candidate School used to have as her Instagram bio, “exploring humanity”, and that really stuck with me. As an explorer from an early age, I always thought of exploration as a journey to a foreign land, the discovery of a new species, a mountain climb, aContinue reading “Starting a conversation”
I’m not real great with numbers, dollars, and head counts, but I’ll try to break this down clearly. Here, I’ll be telling the stories of people who live and work more than 20 miles away from the nearest McDonald’s and discussing the issues that are important to them.
A brief, boring narrative – My name is Aaron. I’m on a mission to better understand this state I live in and share what I learn with everyone else! I grew up on a farm near Albert Lea, Minnesota, lived several years out and about in three different MN cities, completed a graduate degree inContinue reading “About me”
As country guy that’s lived/living in urban places (Knoxville, TN; Mankato, MN; St. Paul, MN), my goal here is mainly to keep learning about my neighbors and the issues we face in urban MN and share some perspective with my neighbors back on the farm.