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Size of U.S. corn crop bodes well for livestock producers.
WASHINGTON -- Could the current unrest in Syria boost the chances of approval for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline? North Dakota's senior U.S. senator believes so.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The good, old days that upland game hunters in North Dakota enjoyed in the mid-2000s are fading into history, if results from the state's July and August roadside grouse and partridge surveys are any indication. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reported last week that sharptail numbers are down a whopping 51 percent from last year, with the number of broods down 50 percent. Hungarian partridge, meanwhile, are down 34 percent, while brood sightings during the roadside surveys declined by 31 percent.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. -- A Clarkfield woman voluntarily agreed to a civil commitment for mental illness during a closed hearing Friday in District Court in Montevideo, her attorney said after the hearing. Kelly Jean Anderson-Person, 34, could be held for up to six months, according to Willmar attorney Theresa Patock, who represents her. The order issued by District Judge Thomas Van Hon also leaves open the possibility of an additional six months of commitment, according to Patock and assistant Yellow Medicine County attorneys Amanda Sieling and Stacy Vinberg.
GASCOYNE, N.D. -- With the ever-changing world energy market and the seemingly endless battle over the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, questions about exactly what the finalized corridor would mean remain. Rhetoric surrounding what is arguably North America's most-debated petroleum Hyperloop was amped up earlier this summer following President Barack Obama's critique of the project in a New York Times piece, and participants on both sides of the debate have kept the pressure on ever since.
PIERRE -- A South Dakota Legislative Rules committee has approved rule changes proposed by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission regarding credit-sales contracts. The changes are designed to allow elevators to put oral, phone-in credit-sale contracts back into effect as in the past. The elevator would mail a written contract to a farmer to sign. Upon receipt, the farmer would have 48 hours to somehow object to the contract -- even by phone -- or the contract would go into effect, according to the rule. The new rule technically goes into effect Sept. 9.
The world's oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in Itasca County at the age of 39½, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Known to DNR researchers as bear No. 56, the female American black bear was first captured and radio-collared in July 1981 by DNR scientists during the first summer of a long-term research project on bear population ecology. The bear was 7 years old at the time and was accompanied by three female cubs.
By Susan Lunneborg GRANITE FALLS, Minn. -- A Clarkfield woman interviewed this month in a homicide investigation admitted giving birth to two babies whose remains were discovered last fall in...
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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.