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"Stinky" valentine delights farmer's wife

By Sandy Sand     Feb 13, 2010 in Lifestyle
Most women would probably say they prefer roses over candy for Valentine’s Day. Candy is fattening and roses smell good, but for a farm wife, it was 'the thought that counts,' when her husband created a huge stinky valentine for her out of a manure pile
Starting on Wednesday and finishing the next day, Bruce Andersland guided his tractor with an attached manure spreader along a half-mile swath of farm land to create the 39-foot wide valentine with a Cupid's arrow running through it by following a meticulous plan he’d plotted out on a piece of paper.
Beth, his wife of 37 years, said:
“Now I’ve got my Valentine! That’s pretty cute. That’s just part of farm life. Doing something fun and creative with it makes farming fun.”
Andersland and his family have been farming in the Albert Lea, Minnesota, area since 1923. He said he got the idea because the “square-mile, snow-covered field seemed fitting for something.”
“There’s such a nice field there. I thought we could just do it for fun.”
Noting that he husband occasionally surprises her, his wife said:
“… it was the biggest and most original Valentine she has received in her life.
Kathie Hanson of Minnesota Aviation said of the photo taken of the valentine, it that it was a “special assignment that the pilot enjoyed fulfilling.”
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