Near Halliday, North Dakota, Marolynn Lesmeister snapped this image of Jordah Hausaer rescuing a calf during last weekend’s blizzard. Lesmeister entitled her photograph “The True Life and Heart of a Rancher.”
My cousin is a rancher, and so are a number of my friends. Here on the Northern Plains, we are fortunate to live in a world of cattlemen, cattlewomen, and farmers and ranchers with a variety of specialties. The kind of dramatic work that is Hausauer’s rescue is common to the life, just part of the deal.
Growing up in Montana and South Dakota, I wanted the ranch life. But it’s a helluvalotta work, and I’m not at all sure I would have been up to the task! Instead I admire these folks with a persistent awe.