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Walsh County, N.D. --The Walsh County sheriff's department is warning the public about a bear spotted in the area. The pictures above are of the bear taken Wednesday, May 17, around 9 p.m. The bear was at a farmyard just east of Park River. Authorities are warning people to take the appropriate precautions and keep an eye out of their children and pets in that area.
FARGO, N.D. — Stockholders have approved a merger proposal bringing together two farm credit organizations serving Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. AgCountry Farm Credit Services and United FCS will merge under the name AgCountry Farm Credit Service, beginning July 1. The new organization will operate in 65 counties through 38 offices in parts of Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A Canadian grain company has acquired a rail facility in Grand Forks that can ship ag products to global markets. Viterra, headquartered Regina, Sask., closed Monday on the purchase of Gavilon Grain's handling assets in Grand Forks at 4256 54th Ave. N., according to a news release. The purchase helps expand Viterra's presence in North Dakota — it has facilities in Ray, Minot and Northgate — as well as the U.S.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has accepted an invitation to visit North Dakota, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Wednesday, May 3. Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Hoeven, R-N.D., both said Wednesday they met with Pruitt regarding how the EPA will fix or roll back federal regulations such as the Clean Power Plan.
AVON — A 52-year-old Avon man died Saturday in what Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow called a “freak accident.” Jay Mudder, who recently celebrated his 52nd birthday, died at approximately noon Saturday when he was feeding cattle on his property about 4 miles south of Avon.
WHITE LAKE, S.D. — A White Lake, S.D., man faces seven felony charges for allegedly selling cattle that were placed under a lien from an area bank. Edward Mohnen, 70, was charged with illegally selling more than $80,000 worth of cattle over the past year without the consent of a bank that had a security interest in them, court documents state.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — AgCountry Farm Credit Services recently donated over $15,000 toward hunger relief efforts in eastern North Dakota and northwest and west-central Minnesota. This is the 27th year AgCountry Farm Credit Services has donated funds to local hunger relief efforts. Trent Sletto, senior loan officer and branch manager at AgCountry Farm Credit Services in Jamestown, said AgCountry is committed to helping solve the challenge of hunger in the community.
BUXTON, N.D. — An agriculture business has been hit with an unexpected tax bill after a Traill County city failed to act on a request for an exemption. It’s unclear how much the Reynolds (N.D.) United Co-op will have to pay for its fertilizer plant in Buxton, but the notification they would have to pay a 2017 tax bill came as a shock, according to a report in the Hillsboro Banner. The tax bill could be close to $60,000, according to the report.
CLIFFORD, N.D. — Two Traill County grain elevators will join forces. Shareholders for the Clifford (N.D.) Farmers Co-op Elevator Co. and Galesburg (N.D.) Co-op Elevator Co. unanimously voted to merge, according to a report in the Traill County Tribune. Located about 5 miles apart from each other, co-op officials said the two elevators are “very healthy” and a merger would be beneficial.
FARGO, N.D. — People with physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges will have an opportunity to improve their motor skills, self-confidence, strength and independence through an Equine-assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) program that North Dakota State University's Department of Animal Sciences is offering.