Businessman Ed Schafer was North Dakota's governor from 1992 to 2000. He served as U.S. agriculture secretary from January 2008 to January 2009. He is the only North Dakotan to serve in the federal post.
The second-largest employer in Valley City, N.D., has temporarily cut 35 percent of its work force. John Deere Seeding Group in Valley City furloughed 89 full-time employees Thursday. The company says it plans to bring them back this fall.
The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency will be at the following North Dakota State Disaster Response Centers from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day to provide housing assistance information:
Boat crews from federal agencies including the Coast Guard patrolled farming country in southeast North Dakota on Saturday, looking for people stranded by flooding from the Sheyenne River.
, April 18, 2009
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