Geoff Littlefield on Nelson Riddle ~ Rancher Lance Gartner
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - Music host Scott Prebys visits with Geoffrey Littlefield, the author of “Nelson Riddle: Music With a Heartbeat.” Littlefield takes a deep dive into the genius of Riddle, with first-hand accounts from Riddle’s son and with never-before-seen photographs and anecdotes about Riddle’s experiences with legends such as Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and North Dakota’s Peggy Lee. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay that explores the outdoor opportunities in the Devils Lake area. ~~~ We visit with the other finalist for the North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award, Lance Gartner. He runs Spring Valley Cattle in Morton County. ~~~ Increasingly, farmers don’t own the land they work. That’s particularly true in the country’s breadbasket, and that can have environmental consequences. Harvest Public Media’s Dana Cronin looked at farmland rental data to figure out how the system is impacting the land itself. As she reports, farmers who rent appear less likely to use conservation practices.