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MOORHEAD — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 39 enforcement cases in 26 counties throughout the state during the third quarter of 2018. Penalties from all 39 cases totaled more than $203,000. In addition to the 39 recently completed cases, the MPCA also has 37 ongoing enforcement investigations, 17 of which were opened as new cases during the third quarter of 2018. Not all investigations lead to fines or other official action. The following is a summary of coverage area cases completed during the third quarter of 2018:
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has confirmed the first cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease — known as EHD, for short — in Minnesota deer. Six of seven animals in a small herd of captive white-tailed deer in Goodhue County in southeast Minnesota died of the disease earlier this month. The remaining buck appears healthy at this time and is showing no clinical signs associated with the disease.
ST. PAUL—Nearly 5,000 young hunters 10 to 15 years old will take to the fields and forests this weekend during Minnesota's youth deer season, the Department of Natural Resources said. The DNR offers the annual hunting opportunity to help develop Minnesota's next generation of hunters.
DULUTH—Residents and tourists slowly made their way around pieces of the Lake Superior Lakewalk strewn around the Duluth shoreline Thursday, Oct. 11, as they gawked at the damage done by Wednesday's storm. A group of tourists stopped to read informational signs about Lake Superior as they walked on rocks pushed onto the Lakewalk by the waves. All along the way, people were making comments about how sad it was to see the damage and how powerful the storm had to be to cause it.
BISMARCK — A large wind farm is planned for south central North Dakota, according to documents filed with the state's Public Service Commission. The 298.1-megawatt project will consist of up to 123 turbines and is slated for northeastern Emmons County and southwestern Logan County, about 41 miles southeast of Bismarck. The project is being proposed by an indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, and the company is seeking a siting permit from the PSC.
WASHINGTON -- Midwest U.S. senators are pleased with the news that President Donald Trump’s administration will initiate the process to make 15 percent ethanol-blended fuel — commonly known as E15 — available year-round. Republicans John Thune and Mike Rounds each said that the change would benefit South Dakota farmers and consumers. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said farmers will have an increased market for their products and consumers will have more options at the pump.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is hoping to take advantage of hunters' boots on the ground this weekend as the pheasant season begins to help look for Palmer amaranth, an invasive weed recently found in the state for the first time. "Since thousands of pheasant hunters will be covering the countryside over the next few weeks," said Kevin Kading, Game and Fish Department private lands section supervisor, "we want them to be aware they could run into this plant, and ask them to report any suspected discoveries."
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The selection committee of the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking candidate suggestions for the 2019 hall of fame inductees. Both organizations and individuals may nominate candidates. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 28. The new inductees will be chosen in December and will be inducted into the N.D. Ag Hall of Fame on Tuesday, March 5, at the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City.
TOLNA, N.D. - Snow. It has arrived in North Dakota and four farmers in Tolna, N.D. celebrated the overnight snowfall by taking off their shirts and laying down to make snow angels. The four laid down right in the middle of the snow-covered downtown roadway. This video was sent to WDAY News by Logan Lund.
DENVER -- North Dakota-based Cloverdale Foods Co. has agreed to pay $72,530 to settle a Clean Air Act settlement at its Mandan, N.D., facility, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. The settlement resulted from a 2016 EPA inspection at the facility which revealed violations of the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program regulations related to the management of anhydrous ammonia, including deficiencies associated with safety and emergency contact information, hazard analysis, mechanical integrity, operating procedures and compliance audits, the EPA said in a news release.