2017 Weekly Highlights

May 25, 2017 - The Home Stretch

Planting season seems to fly by every year, and here we are again in the home stretch. AS1 finished at Grenora, ND, and moved to Halliday, ND. They made quick work of the 400 acres there, and then moved equipment to Jamestown to hold.

AS2 worked on the LaMoure, ND case most of the week, and the crew looks to finish that up today and move to Sanborn, where a farmer is recovering from a fall down the stairs.

Next week’s update will hold the Planting season finale, I presume, unless some droplets fall in unfortunate places. We are so grateful for all who made this season, with 21 farmers assisted, a reality once again. We are also thankful for the safety granted this far to our crews in the fields and on the roads.

Here’s the shout out to the awesome volunteers out there the past week: Ken Chyle, Garry Deckert, Rod Leopold, Mark Baumgarten, Jeff Preston, Ken Enstrom, Jerry Bureau, Kyle Thormodson, Ken Michael, Andrew Jewett, Matt Hagen and Levi and Lincoln Wielenga. 

Until next week,  

Carol Wielenga, Operations Director

**Do you want to be a Farm Rescuer or Refer a Family for Assistance?  Go to farmrescue.org or call us at 701-252-2017.**

May 19, 2017 - Acres Away

Planting season is flying by, and I feel like next week we will be winding down for the season, unless more cases come in. Crew 1 completed 1000 acres in Fortuna, ND for a farmer awaiting a liver transplant, and moved just South to Grenora. Between rain drops and maintenance on equipment, they’ve planted for two farmers there: one who is caring for his wife during her illness, and the other who recently was released from the hospital with instructions to stay home and recover! They’ll soon be on their way Southeast again.

Crew 2 finished up at Thief River Falls in quick order and made their way to Gary to help a family whose dad is soon going to have heart surgery. Early in the week, they made their way from there to Ypsilanti to help a farmer recovering from a vehicle accident. They’ve been working around the rain as well, searching to find the sandier (and hopefully drier) soil for their openers. 

And, not forgetting how we do this: a great big Thank You goes out to all of our sponsors that support our mission to help farm and ranch families in crisis and to the volunteers donating their time and energies in the field this past week: Ken Chyle, Mike Wilson, Paul Zierke, Garry Deckert, Rod Leopold, Mark Baumgarten, Jeff Preston, Jerry Burau, Ken Enstrom, Lee Van Ruler and Alan Enger.

Until next week,  

Carol Wielenga, Operations Director

**Do you want to be a Farm Rescuer or Refer a Family for Assistance?  Go to farmrescue.org or call us at 701-252-2017.**

May 12, 2017 - Corner to Corner

Last Friday, we ended our note in Davenport, ND and Voltaire, ND. Crew 1 made their move to Bottineau, ND from Voltaire. After completing the wheat planting for a farmer who had suffered 2 heart attacks recently, they washed up their rig and headed toward the NW corner of the state: Fortuna. 

Crew 2 made quick work of a case in the far NE corner of the state over the weekend near Cavalier, for a farmer who’d had a Triple Bypass Surgery. See their short testimony here. From Cavalier, the Angels in Blue moved to the Grafton, ND area, where we assisted a farmer suffering from effects of a brain tumor. Grafton sprinkles slowed us down a little, but we still made good time in planting the wheat and soybeans. Watch the news coverage of the Grafton case here. With Grafton complete, our volunteers took the equipment to Thief River Falls, where a farm accident caused crisis for a farmer there. We will soon finish the 450 acres of soybeans for him and be on our way again!

We also activated a third crew to plant beans and corn near Ipswich, SD for a farmer with a leg injury. RDO Equipment Company supplied the needed corn planter for the case, and we started there on Wednesday.

As always, a great big Thank You goes out to all of our sponsors that support our mission to help farm and ranch families in crisis and to the volunteers donating their time and energies in the field this week: Ken Chyle, Emil Baranko, Levi and Justus Wielenga, Mike Melaas, Lee Van Ruler, Alan Enger, Mark Baumgarten, Mark Olson, Tom Meyer, Clay and Bill Robertson, Gordon Lindquist, Clarence Kuss, Karen Marowski, Austin Sigman, Mike Wilson and Paul Zierke. You are appreciated!

Until next week,  

Carol Wielenga, Operations Director

**Do you want to be a Farm Rescuer or Refer a Family for Assistance?  Go to farmrescue.org or call us at 701-252-2017.**

May 5, 2017 - Keep On Rollin'

We are really starting to roll now! Angels in Blue on Crew 1 finished a case near McClusky, where we were blessed to serve a farmer and give a precious gift of a tractor ride and decaled toy tractor to a little boy named Levi, age 3, who has neuroblastoma. His dream has always been to ride in a tractor, and we were excited to make that wish come true!  

More Angels in Blue geared up our second unit this week and headed to Davenport, ND, near Fargo. You can read more about our assistance to that family or watch the news story HERE. We will finish there today, and head toward Cavalier, ND tomorrow!

We also had a crew in Montana this week assisting a farm family near Antelope with planting and other field work. What a difference a little extra manpower can do to help a family out during the busy season!

A big thank you to the volunteers that were out in the fields this week: Ken Chyle, Emil Baranko, Levi and Justus Wielenga, Mike Melaas, Lee Van Ruler, Alan Enger, Mark Baumgarten, Clay and Bill Robertson, Karen Marowski, Austin Sigman, Mike Wilson and Paul Zierke. You are all amazing!

Thank you for your thoughts this week, keep clear skies and safety in your prayers for all the planting farmers out there.

Until next week,  

Carol Wielenga, Operations Director

**Do you want to be a Farm Rescuer or Refer a Family for Assistance?  Go to farmrescue.org or call us at 701-252-2017.**

April 28, 2017 - Another Beginning

Farm Rescue began its 12th planting season late last week. It is this place of beginnings where we realize all of the support it takes to bring this together. Helping Farm and Ranch Families in crisis is no simple task. We appreciate the support of all of the Farm Rescuers out there!

Our Angels in Blue on Crew 1, including Ken Chyle, Emil Baranko, Garry Deckert and Doug Hillstrom got the equipment to the first case to plant wheat and flax for a gentleman near Turtle Lake with debilitating nerve pain. Snow kept us out of the tractor for a day or two, but overall, we made quick work of a lot of acres! As Crew 1 heads to McClusky on Monday, we anxiously await warmer soil temperatures for Crew 2 to be able to plant as well.

Until next week,  

Carol Wielenga, Operations Director

**Do you want to be a Farm Rescuer or Refer a Family for Assistance?  Go to farmrescue.org or call us at 701-252-2017.**

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