A Visit With Mrs. Noah

When I first contacted Linda Behrend at her ranch near New Ulm, the first thing she said was, “Hi, Mr. Tumbleweed. I’m Mrs. Noah.” She was busy taking food to her goats, pigs, chickens and a miniature pony.

Her place is called Curly Q Ranch Refuge. A sign near her place advertises it as a zoo. It’s rightly named. Visitors get to help feed the animals. Some 50 are on the property including 15 cats, 15 exotic chickens, 2 dogs, a few deer, some ducks, a parrot, 2 longhorns and 2 mini ponies. During our conversation she was holding a baby raccoon, which made whimpering sounds while sucking on Linda’s finger. “She fell out of a tree and was nearly snatched up by a dog. Fortunately a woman saw it and rescued it. This little critter is a lucky little girl.” She has some picky goats. “If I slice something for them with a knife that I used to slice something else they won’t touch it. They are particular what they choose to eat.”

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