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Published February 18, 2013, 10:57 AM

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Sexually assaulted horse recovering; Train derails in northern Mont., spills soybeans; Rescued horses set to arrive in Red River Valley

By: Agweek Staff and Wire Reports, Agweek

Sexually assaulted horse recovering

DICKINSON, N.D. — More than three weeks after a sexual assault that severely injured a 7-year-old mare, she is back at home in Glendive, Mont., and will most likely make a full recovery. Meanwhile, a suspect in the crime has yet to be arrested, but officials say the investigation isn’t over yet. As for the mare, there might be some issues with fertility, but she will be able to run and jump and play like before, her owner Gerald Reichert says. “The veterinarian thought that she would heal up and that she would be OK,” he says. “We don’t plan on breeding her … Not that that makes a lot of difference for the crime.” The investigation is ongoing, says Stark County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Dean Franchuk, adding that there is some information gathered about the type of vehicle the perpetrator might have been driving.

Train derails in northern Mont., spills soybeans

HELENA, Mont. — A freight train hauling soybeans derailed about 10 miles west of Malta, Mont., spilling some of the freight and closing the main rail line along northern Montana. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokes-

man Gus Melonas says 10 cars near the end of a 104-car train derailed at 9:35 a.m. Feb. 13 near Wagner. Some of the cars ended up on their sides and spilled soybeans. Melonas says no one was hurt and the cause of the derailment remains under investigation. He says crews planned to move the damaged cars away from the track by the afternoon of Feb. 13, allowing track crews to replace any damaged track. The rail line was expected to open by Feb. 13 or late Feb. 14. The train originated in Crystal, N.D., and was destined for Seattle.

Rescued horses set to arrive in Red River Valley

FARGO, N.D. — At least 20 horses rescued recently from neglect on two western North Dakota ranches are headed for new homes in the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. Authorities in Morton County last month seized 199 horses and officials in Burleigh County confiscated 38 horses from Bill Kiefer after the discovery of 99 dead horses. Tracy Tschakert, a horse trainer from Barnesville, Minn., says several “lifelong horse people” in the Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., area have volunteered to adopt the horses. The horses were set to arrive at a facility in Hawley, Minn., on Feb. 16. Tschakert says area horse lovers “just wanted to run out there and help” after hearing about the abuse. Authorities are considering criminal charges in the case.

Dockter from Medina, N.D., is Little I show champ

Daven Dockter of Medina, N.D., is the Overall Showman Champion of the North Dakota State University 87th Little International on Feb. 7 and 8. Dockter also was sheep division winner. Reserve Overall Showman was Laura Compart of Nicollet, Minn. She also won the horse and pig divisions. David Larson of Clearbrook, Minn., won the beef division and Jake Aanden of Fertile, Minn., won the dairy division. The event is sponsored by the NDSU Saddle & Sirloin Club and its 300 members and is the largest student-run event on the campus every year.

Herbicide resistance workshop to be held Feb. 27 in ND

FARGO, N.D. — Soybean farmers, crop consultants and industry experts are encouraged to attend the Herbicide Resistance Workshop to be held at the Carrington (N.D.) Research Extension Center on Feb. 27, beginning at 10 a.m. with registration. The featured speaker is Phil Stahlman from Kansas State University. His presentation is titled “Weeds Revenge: Resistance to Glypohosate and Other Tricks.” Stahlman is one of the leading experts on the issue of glyphosate-resistant weeds and their management. Glyphosate-resistant kochia is a major problem in Kansas and was first confirmed in North Dakota in 2011. In 2012, it was confirmed to exist in most counties between the Red River Valley and State Highway 3. Without proper management of glyphosate-resistant kochia, common ragweed, waterhemp and horsetail in soybean fields, farmers will see a reduction in yields and profits. Brian Foster, Centrol Crop Consulting, will give an update on what he is seeing locally for glyphosate-resistant weeds and their impact. Jack Brodshaug, Monsanto, will present “The Roundup Ready Plus Systema and Dicamba Tolerant Soybeans.” Mike Ostlie of the Carrington Research Center will present “Kocia Konundrum: Saline Seeps.” Completing the program is Brian Jenks, North Central Research Station in Minot, N.D., who will deliver a presentation titled “Crop and Herbicide Diversity: Keys to Managing Resistance.” No pre-registration is required. Information: Joel Lemer at 701-

652-2581 or

SDSU women’s basketball team will hold first Jackrabbit Dairy Drive

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota State University women’s basketball team will host the First Jackrabbit Dairy Drive when they play Omaha at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at SDSU’s Frost Arena. Funds raised at the event will go toward building a new Dairy Production Research facility at the SDSU Dairy Unit while also recognizing a growing dairy industry in South Dakota. According to research conducted at SDSU and data collected from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the dairy service has a vital role in the economy of South Dakota. The economic impact per dairy cow is $14,042 or an estimated impact of $1.28 billion within South Dakota. Information: 866-465-2257.

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Barn Fire: About 100 calves were killed in a fire at Halquist Farms Dairy in Minnesota’s Carver County. Belle Plaine (Minn.) Fire Chief Todd Otto says the fire was discovered early Feb. 12 as farm workers went to milk the cows. The dairy operation has 400 to 500 cows. The cause of the fire is under investigation.