Self-reliance is necessary for ranchers living miles away from mechanics, electricians, plumbers and medical personnel needed for critters with feathers, fur and hair: four legs and two.
Many of these ranchers are women serving essential roles, working year-round in all types of weather conditions to ensure that their agricultural enterprise is successful. These credentials clearly identify Yvonne Hollenbeck, wife and ranching partner of her husband, Glen. This duo lives just north of the Nebraska border near Clearfield, South Dakota on ranchland Glen’s family acquired eighty-three years ago.
My summer visit with the Hollenbecks began during a delicious meal of baked steak, sweet potatoes and salad. When Glen excused himself to work with his horse, Yvonne and I continued our conversation over cups of coffee.
By Marci Broyhill
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