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April 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM

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Postcards from the past: Okanogan County, 1973


Dick Giddis is a sodbuster in the true sense of the word, and proud of it. Giddis, 33, leases 120 acres on the Methow River near Winthrop, Okanogan County. The idea behind using an old iron-and-wood Syracuse plow to break ground for hay for his horses is basic: Why, Giddis asks, should he buy gasoline for a tractor to raise hay for horses when they can do it for themselves?

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