I'm an Omaha girl, born and raised. I moved to Hastings in June to get some writing experience at the Tribune and it's been a bit of a difficulty getting used to the small-town lifestyle. Now I'm not saying I'm some New York diva, but I will admit I've never milked a cow, I've never driven a tractor and I've never detasseled corn in my life. That's probably why my Thursday morning with S&J Detasseling of Glenvil was so interesting.
Groggily, I load a 6 a.m. bus with teenagers from the Adams Central area, ages 12 through 22. They chat about Twitter and play music on their iPods. I snap some photos, wondering how these kids can handle such early mornings for a minimum of three weeks straight. Twelve-year-old Lisa Duncan feels my pain.
"I just hate getting up early because it's summer," Duncan said. "It's like 'sleep-in time.' "