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NORTHWOOD, N.D. — The only mint farmer in North Dakota is about ready to begin harvesting his unusual and aromatic crop. "We should get going this weekend, or early next week," Troy Uglem of Northwood said Thursday. On a recent sunny day Uglem led visitors through a small plot of spearmint, its tangy scent hanging in the air even before he picked a stem, crushing the arrow-like leaves in his hand, making it palpable.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- The Farmer's Market just off Main Street here aims to be an oasis in a "food desert" covering much of the White Earth Indian Reservation. The Ojibwe reservation, covering more than 1,000 square miles, has two or three grocery stores. In Mahnomen County, 35 percent of the population has low access to a store, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
It's true that "all bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives," as the Constitution declares. But it's also true that the declaration doesn't end there. Instead, it concludes this way: " ... but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other bills." In short, the House gets the first word on spending -- but not the last word. And that's a big reason why the hard-right strategy to defund Obamacare by threatening to shut down the government won't work.
Back in our former cruise ship lives, we were fortunate enough to visit Spain several times as we cruised the Iberian Peninsula. Every time we stopped in the Andalusian city of Seville, we'd have one of those amazing days during which we couldn't believe we were getting paid to be there.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A 34-year-old Clarkfield, Minn., woman who pulled a gun Tuesday during a law enforcement interview was being questioned as part of a South Dakota homicide investigation, authorities said. The discovery Nov. 2 of two newborns' remains on private land near Astoria in eastern South Dakota is under investigation by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the Deuel County Sheriff's Office.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Charges have been dropped against a former Duluth man who was accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a preteen girl over more than three years. Kenyon Ray Graves, 52, of Mitchell, S.D., faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in St. Louis County court. However, prosecutor Nate Stumme dropped the charge Wednesday, saying that new evidence raised serious doubt about Graves' guilt and would have made the case impossible to prove.
ST. PAUL -- An organization opposed to wolf hunting launched a petition drive Wednesday in hopes of killing this year's season. Pointing to a state report showing a 700 wolf population decline in five years, Howling for Wolves founder Maureen Hackett called the situation "alarming." "We need to act as stewards of our state's wildlife and protect our wolf population for future generations," added Keith Blomstrom, a National Wildlife Federation member.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service says crops are behind in the region. Nowhere is the difference between 2013 and 2012 more stark than in southern South Dakota. NASS says below-normal temperatures are slowing crop development, but had improved range and pasture conditions. Topsoil moisture in the state is rated 72 percent adequate to surplus, while subsoil moisture was rated 67 percent adequate to surplus.
FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A runaway bull caused injuries to several visitors to the Dakota County Fair on Wednesday night. The bull escaped from his pen, then broke through the gates...