The beauty of living in an agricultural community like ours is that many people can tell you when their grandparents, great parents, or even great great grandparents came and settled here. The bonds feel strong because people can go back a few generations and find the connections to each other and pieces of land are not that far off.
When I first moved to Buffalo County from the Milwaukee area around three years ago, I remember thinking how the definition of neighbor was different. In my hometown, ten miles away would be considered a completely different side of town. After being here about a year, someone within at least ten to fifteen miles or so of where I live started to become a neighbor in my eyes. I have always enjoyed meeting people from different backgrounds and perspectives and I feel like my transformed version of the definition of neighbor is not only making distances seem closer, but it is also helping me feel even more connected to those I meet here because chances are, they are “my neighbors.”