STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Taking to the field (baseball and crop)
The Minnesota Twins take to the field, at least for the start of the major league season, April 6 at Detroit. I'm optimistic about the Twins' long-term future (their minor league system is strong), bu... Posted on 3/17/15 at 3:24 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS The dam and the water tower
Its not a place most would associate with great physical or emotional pain. The location, one mile west of my hometown of Viking, Minnesota, marks a spot along the railroad tracks thats seen pain you ... Posted on 2/7/15 at 1:01 PM
PRAIRIE BUSINESS Giving Props to Women in Business
Women may still represent a minority of U.S. business leaders, but in the northern Plains, women represent a large component of the region's workforce and many of them are serving in leadership roles.... Posted on 1/16/15 at 12:53 PM
FARM BLEAT Falling leaves and eagles’ wings
A couple of extra vacation days and a forecast for sunshine sent me to Minnesotas eastern boundary last weekend to admire the beauty along the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers.
I know Ive said it ... Posted on 10/21/14 at 9:02 PM
STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER The Last Blog Post
Today is my last day at WDAY/WDAZ, so the following is my last blog post....
One of my favorite quotes is from Stephen Hawking. Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try... Posted on 3/28/14 at 11:46 AM
Minnesota lawmakers and agriculture interests reached a compromise on buffer strips around water that delays requiring the 50-foot buffers the governor sought, but problems remained Sunday night and negotiations continued.
Dozens of countries have imposed total or partial bans on U.S. poultry and poultry imports since an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza was discovered in December.
Each of the top 10 importers have introduced restrictions. Total bans have been imposed by China, South Korea and Angola, whose markets were valued at nearly $700 million last year.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House Wednesday night approved the first installment of funding to fight bird flu that is killing poultry across the state in a vote that paves the way for state money to soon start flowing in the battle.
The bill, which passed unanimously, would provide $379,000 for the Board of Animal Health and $514,000 for the state Agriculture Department. Senators are expected to approve it soon.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The State Emergency Operations Center announced Sunday that 30 National Guard soldiers will haul water needed for avian influenza decontamination today through Wednesday.
The soldiers will come from the 682nd Engineer Battalion in Willmar and the A Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion of Brooklyn Park, according to a media release.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Invite Charlie Parson over for a gathering and he's likely to bring some beer.
"I've been brewing beer since I started graduate school in 1969 and when I moved to Bemidji, there were some active homebrewers," he said.
WILLMAR, Minn. –– The avian influenza, which continues to steamroll through commercial turkey farms in Kandiyohi County, is getting the attention of the state’s top lawmakers who will hold a public forum at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Minnwest Technology Campus in Willmar.
Minnesota has joined Wisconsin in declaring a state of emergency over an outbreak of bird flu in poultry that has led to the deaths of more than 7 million birds this year.
Minnesota is also speeding up prescriptions of antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks. No infections have been reported in humans.
CHICAGO - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday that preventative medication is being provided to workers and others who has been in close proximity to birds affected by the fast-spreading avian flu that has led to the death or killed more than 7.3 million birds this year.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Staff at Root Value, Lueken's Village Foods' new aquaponics greenhouse, gave a tour of the state-of-the-art facility on Wednesday.
A new Bemidji state-of-the-art, ultra-efficient aquaponics greenhouse grows fruits and vegetables year round in water infused with the natural byproducts of 250 tilapia fish for nutrients, rather than soil and conventional fertilizer.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency as 2.6 million turkeys have because of avian influenza since early last month.
The action came Thursday with the number of flocks affected in the country's top turkey producing state rising. Officials awaited confirmation that the first Minnesota chicken flock was infected.
The avian flu outbreak that has hit 31 Minnesota turkey farms could lead the Minnesota State Fair to sideline the poultry exhibition this year.
State Fair officials will decide by early to mid-summer whether to cancel the exhibition amid fears that bringing exhibition birds together in one location could further spread the virus. The State Fair opens Aug. 27, following county fairs that get underway in mid-June.
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