November 27, 2019

Season of Thanks


It’s a time to gather around the table with your family, share memories and tell each other what you’re most thankful for.

For many farmers, Thanksgiving is also a nice timeout during the season.


And one of those farmers is Patrick Artz. Patrick has been farming for the last three decades in North Dakota, where he and his wife are raising two daughters.

No matter how busy the season gets, Patrick always makes it a priority to take a step back during the holidays to spend time with his family.

“It’s never difficult. I always take time to step back and celebrate with the family,” said Patrick. “It’s usually a very fun time to enjoy each other’s company, play games, eat food, laugh, sometimes cry and go to church.”

Besides it being a very fun time with his family, it’s also spent very traditionally.

“We spend it pretty traditionally. We cook a turkey and ham with all the trimmings, make pumpkin pie, watch football, play games and then we eat again,” said Patrick. 

However, this year, Patrick will be breaking a decades-long tradition.

“This year, we’re going to grandpa and grandma’s house in Glenburn. My uncle Jeff and family will be coming home from West Fargo. I even took Friday off for the first time in 10 years!” said Patrick.

The change of routine comes from some news his family received this year, which also showed him how much support he and his wife are surrounded with.

“This year, I’m most thankful for the excellent treatment my wife is receiving at Trinity CancerCare Center in Minot for our breast cancer battle which started August 1,” said Patrick.

“In addition, my family, friends, State Bank family and neighbors for their acts of kindness to my family during this battle. I’m so grateful for the meals that have been delivered and still are coming to our house,” said Patrick.

And the love did not end there. When it came time to harvest his wheat, he had more hands show up.

“I’m thankful for my nephew Luke, hired hands and neighbors who took my wheat crop off. We are truly blessed,” said Patrick.

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