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It was exactly 25 years ago that WDAY News brought the story of Ottertail dairy farmer Pete Thalmann patiently waiting for a new heart at Mayo Clinic. He waited six months there, his heart barely functioning. Time was running out until Thanksgiving in 1997, and a nearby family's unselfish gift of life.
In North Dakota, avian flu has been found in a Cass County backyard flock, two commercial turkey/chicken flocks in LaMoure County, a commercial turkey flock and backyard chicken flock in Dickey County, and a backyard flock in Kidder County.
"This deal is nothing more than a slap on the wrist for Smithfield and a deeply troubling betrayal of the men and women who have already sacrificed so much in this pandemic," said B.J. Motley, president of the UFCW Local 304A, which represents workers at the Sioux Falls Smithfield Foods plant.
Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp., the owner of the Sioux Falls plant, has agreed to pay the fine and develop an infectious disease preparedness plan for its plants nationwide, in a settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the agency announced Monday, Nov. 15.
Fracas over new food scoring system showcases the perils of rankings based on nutrient formulas
Veterinarian Dr. Kim Brummond said COVID-19 isn’t the only ailment that she’s had people ask her about using ivermectin for over the years; people have believed it’ll kill anything, up to and including cancer, she said. When people ask about it, her answer is easy. “It’s a flat-out no,” she said.

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North Dakota's John Thompson became famous overnight in January 1992, when he survived having both arms ripped off on his Hurdsfield, ND farm. The world watched as he regained the use of his reattached arms following surgery. But where is he now?
The pandemic revealed “mismatches” in the nation’s food chain but also pushed changes that may last long after the pandemic ends.
Farmers are expected to be allowed to start applying for the new program on Monday, the sources said.

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