• I will introduce myself.  I grew up on a farm/ranch in North Dakota. There my eight brothers and sisters and I learned to work hard.  My parents always stressed the importance of education, but we were always encouraged to try other things as well such as choir, band, sports,4-H, etc.  They wanted us to be involved.  I attended the University of North Dakota and obtained my teaching degree.  I live on a farm in rural Gatzke with my husband Gary. My husband Gary recently retired from Polaris Industries. Now he is free to enjoy and engage in his real love which is raising cattle and working with horses on our farm/ranch.   We have two children.  My oldest son's name is Cass.  He is 31 years old.  Cass has a small business called "Simmons Contracting" which he is now into his 7th year.  It consists of 2 semi-trucks, a lowboy, a bobcat, 2 track hoes, 2 bulldozers, 2 trucks, etc.  He will be doing what he does best which is "playing in the dirt" except now he can get paid for it!    My daughter Lindsay is 28. She is married to Jake Bauman, and they have a son named Beau and a daughter named Hattie May (the loves of my life and which makes me Granny Simmons)!   She now works in an agricultural office in Linton, North Dakota and when she is done with that she does what she likes best and that's ride her horses.  I like my children a lot and hope you get the opportunity to meet them.  As for me I enjoy lots of things and just plain and simply run out of time to do them all.  Inside I like to play the piano, read, and bake.  Outside I like to ride my horses, garden, go biking, and take hikes.  I usually have a constant companion-Skip (an Australian Shepard and Blue heeler cross).  We have five horses:   Dunny, Doc, Woody, Joey, and Rosie. We have two cats:  Sal and Samie.  Mostly though I really like teaching and children and can't think of anything else I'd rather do.    Mrs. Simmons