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Old 05-05-2011, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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so when I visited Montana it seemed like EVERYONE that lived there kept EVERYTHING they have received there whole life. Ranchers having cars, etc all over there property and just random things laying all over by there house. I am from Minnesota and in the area I am at the farmers take pride in having there yard look nice and not having vehicles and other things laying all over. Any opinions on why such a difference and to me it was soo nice being back in mn and things were all "cleaned up". I am not trying to offend anyone just curious on why people in Montana live that way I guess...... The land is very pretty out there!

I saw it also in SD so I guess it's not just Montana....
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:59 PM
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Location: Pagosa Springs, CO/North Port,FL
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so when I visited Montana it seemed like EVERYONE that lived there kept EVERYTHING they have received there whole life. Ranchers having cars, etc all over there property and just random things laying all over by there house. I am from Minnesota and in the area I am at the farmers take pride in having there yard look nice and not having vehicles and other things laying all over. Any opinions on why such a difference and to me it was soo nice being back in mn and things were all "cleaned up". I am not trying to offend anyone just curious on why people in Montana live that way I guess...... The land is very pretty out there!

I saw it also in SD so I guess it's not just Montana....
yoop in Minnesoa-tah we are so clean yooo betcha!!!
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:48 PM
 
Location: MT
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Where did you visit when you were here?
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I was in the North Eastern part by Sidney........does it change on which side of the state you are on?
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:20 PM
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Location: Pagosa Springs, CO/North Port,FL
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It gets way worse, I have actually seen an old school bus outside of Belgrade returning to the Earth from whence it came. The horror!!!

My artist friend thought it was a great subject for a painting!!
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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When you can't afford to run out and buy new, you save the old, because part of that old might get used to renew something else. This type of useful recycling is a time-honored rural American tradition, being preserved by thrifty Montanans.
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Old 05-05-2011, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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You ain't seen nothing until you visit my home state of West Virginia, lol.

People there drive down the old 2 lane roads in their trucks and when they see a group of bad boys in orange jumpsuits cleaning the roads, they kick an old washer or dryer out the back and yell "REPENT SINNERS!!!!"
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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Because Montana has REAL ranchers/farmers who live frugel and save everything "just in case". They like to be prepared and whenever a neighbor needs that doohickey from a 1935 John Deere, he can run out to the field and gladly hand one over.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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Funny you should mention this... my husband and i drove to Minnesota a few years ago, and we commented on how the farms in ND and MN were so much "neater" than the ones in MT. Although, on susequent trips we noticed that some area of MT were better than others.

I hoestly don't know - I think there have been some fairly good guesses put forth. I also wonder if maybe ND and MN have more affordable recycling options for the junk vehicles and equipment?

My biggest personal pet peeve on this topic is the abundance of junked out old trailer houses in Montana. It seems odd to me that our state has a lot of junk vehicle ordinances that require junk vehicles to be out of public view and funds the removal of abandoned vehicles, but there is apparently no equivalent for junked trailer houses.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Northern MN
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As yet another Mn resident that travels to MT a couple times a year maybe I can shed some light in it from a perspective the OP may under stand.

In MN the Trees and under brush hide all the junk.
It's hard to hide something when you can see for miles compared to the pine swamps.
Or the old bus sunk into the swamp years ago
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