Cowboy poet entertains residents with tales from the ranch

Cowboy poet and saddlemaker Martin Bergin treated Aberdeen Heights residents to tall tales and dusty poems during a recent visit.Bergin said he always enjoys the chance to share his stories, and that residents enjoy hearing them.“I was very well-received by the residents,” he said.The 79-year-old Bergin said he was a “ranch-raised kid” and that he’s been a cowboy all of his life. He’s been a saddlemaker for 68 years, and a rancher and cowboy poet for “50 years or so.”Below is one of Bergin’s poe...
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