Items by Linda M. Hasselstrom

Want to move to a charming rural town? Ask about the sewage disposal system
Want to move to a charming rural town? Ask about the sewage disposal system
Wastewater inundation causes a commotion in South Dakota.
Raptors are our fierce allies. Shame on those who harm them.
Let’s talk about the “Z” word
Tuning out and finding local
Tuning out and finding local
A short day's drive from where you live can you put in touch with local history and help you meet new people in fascinating small towns.
Dressing for success in the mosquito-ridden West
Dressing for success in the mosquito-ridden West
Embracing a wet summer in South Dakota (and the mosquitoes that come with it).
Build in the wrong place and you're on your own
Build in the wrong place and you're on your own
Homeowners in disaster-prone zones need to be self-sufficient.
Still riding the edge
Still riding the edge
In her memoir, Riding the Edge of an Era, Diana Allen Kouris relates the life described in her subtitle’s words: Growing Up Cowboy on the Outlaw Trail.
Raising cows -- and kids -- in the West
Raising cows -- and kids -- in the West
In The Family Ranch: Land, Children and Tradition in the American West, Linda Hussa looks at the way modern rural families live their lives.
Going wild in the city
It’s not just the butterflies who respond to Linda Hasselstrom’s lavish wildflower garden in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Snowbound
Linda M. Hasselstrom sinks us deep into a relentlessly snowy day.
A simple act
The writer makes a donation to someone she will never meet
The good news about garbage
The writer teaches herself a humbling chore — cleaning up other people's garbage
Rhubarb is the season's gift to us
The writer sings the praises of rhubarb
Bison aren’t Buicks, and other dangerous beliefs
The writer says bison aren’t Buicks and neither are domestic cows
Friends don’t let friends drive gas-guzzlers
The writer says we’ll ditch gas-guzzling vehicles once we devise the right propaganda campaign
Lions and cheetahs and elephants, yippee
The writer imagines a West populated by African wildlife as a bizarre "home on the veldt"
Stubborn people appreciate the 'barren' Great Plains
The writer lauds the quiet life of the Great Plains, a region touching 10 states and a few lucky people
Real estate lingo for the New Westerner
The writer reveals what real estate ads mean when they say a former ranch is "pristine," "exclusive," or "scenic"
Ego gates get my goat — and that's just the beginning
Why do newcomers to the West need to build such obnoxious entrance gates to their brand-new ranchettes?
Ego gates get my goat — and that’s just the beginning
The writer watches some of her neighbors puff up their places with gigantic entrance gates
What New York needs is a few million prairie dogs
The writer calls prairie dogs "prairie rats," and she’d like New Yorkers to share their city with them
Bumper stickers and the politics of rage
The writer removes a bumper sticker after receiving too many threats
A dispatch from the New West battleground
The auction and sub-dividing of a neighboring ranch leads the author to fear for the future of her ranching community.
Some lessons about coyotes stick in your mind
The government agencies that use M-44s to kill coyotes claim that the cyanide causes a quick and painless death, but a rancher’s experience indicates that the truth is tragically different.
Where neighbor is a verb
Minutiae matters in rural South Dakota.
Spring in South Dakota
There is a quickening in the land.
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