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Published May 23, 2009, 03:26 PM

Smoke from burning cornstalks in Polk County seen for miles

Cornstalks being burned caused white, billowing smoke to be seen Saturday afternoon east of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

Cornstalks being burned caused white, billowing smoke to be seen Saturday afternoon east of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

The smoke came from a cornfield 10 miles northeast of East Grand Forks. An East Grand Forks Police dispatcher said someone called in about 3 p.m. asking about the huge clouds visible from town.

An East Grand Forks firefighter said the sight of cornfields, harvested so late during the wet fall that farmers didn't get the crop residue dug under, being burned has been a common sight the past week as they finally got dry enough to set afire.

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