People are losing everything - and in some tragic cases, their lives - due to the horrific spring weather we've been experiencing throughout the nation, and in particular the upper and lower Midwest.

Homes are being swept away by massive mudslides. Roads and bridges have been washed out by torrential rains that have turned creeks into raging rivers. Basements are full of water. Gravel roads have been decimated on a continual basis. The critically important planting of our annual crops has been set back to the extent a reasonable fall harvest is in jeopardy. In some cases, seeds haven't even been sown because the fields are just too darn wet.

I could go on and on with example after example, but the point has been made: The spring of 2013 will go down in history as one of the wettest and most difficult to deal with in recent, or distant, memory. And it doesn't appear to be over ... not by a long shot.

I know, I know, we shouldn't complain about our relatively trivial problems when entire communities have been flattened by killer tornadoes, but the challenges just about everyone is facing due to this climatic upheaval are real and only vary in severity. Put another way: This rainy weather crap is getting old, and we're all sick of it.

At our acreage in the country, just a few miles north of Decorah, hard by the Minnesota state line, we've had deluges of 3.5, 3, 2.5 and 1.5 inches in the last five days - and more is apparently on the way ... and it could be a lot more.

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