SEGMENT: NEIGHBORS, FARM BUSINESS, & ACTIVITIES

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SEGMENT: NEIGHBORS, FARM BUSINESS, & ACTIVITIES,

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NEIGHBORS
Excellent anecdote about a nearby young farmer in earlier years. Clausen shared equipment with him willingly, the young farmer turned into a Young Tiger, trying to maximize profits, less appreciative of Clausen's assistance. The young farmer wanted to rent the land that Clausen rented, upped the price. Young Tiger was less polite, less respectful with Clausen's equipment. This young farmer got the "Young Tiger Syndrome." Clausen stopped lending to him. Neighbors used to help neighbors, but no more. Profit was king. Shift occurred in the late 1960s, market boomed in the 1970s. Camaraderie is lost today, trust is gone.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Visiting other farms with friends, house-hopping each weekend, adults played cards, kids just played! Reflects on the change today - people more focused on their own families. Farm Bureau is only place farmers still get together. Local schools are closing, kids centralized to DeKalb.
RELIGION
Clausen doesn't go to church as often, wife is Lutheran, he was Methodist. They raised their kids Lutheran. Discusses their family religious philosophies and activities.
FAMILY
Tells about his daughters, their families and occupations.
ACTIVITIES
Activities included visiting other farms with friends, house-hopping each weekend. Adults played cards, kids just played! Reflects on the change in families today. Today people more focused on their own families. Local schools are closing, kids centralized to DeKalb.