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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Lake Region State College in Devils Lake announced Wednesday, Nov. 27, its receipt of a lead gift from Farmers Union Insurance for construction of a new Precision Ag Center that will house the college’s precision agriculture program.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota resident is hospitalized and by Friday afternoon, state health officials were warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce from the Salinas region of California because it has been linked to serious illnesses from E. coli bacteria.
GLEN ULLIN, N.D. — Hay bales on a flatbed trailer caught fire on Interstate 94, shutting down the eastbound lanes for more than four hours near exit 110 early Tuesday morning, Nov. 12. At 6 a.m., the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Glen Ullin firefighters responded to the scene. The eastbound lane was closed at 7:45 a.m. CST until noon. The semi was unhooked from the trailer and the trailer was left on the south shoulder of the eastbound lane. Glen Ullin is about 55 miles west of Bismarck.
HECTOR, Minn. — A Hector man pinned in a combine corn head Wednesday, Nov. 6, was freed and airlifted from the scene. His injuries were not considered life-threatening. The Renville County Sheriff’s Office said 28-year-old Benjamin Beadell had one leg trapped in the corn head mechanism between snouts.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's agricultural water quality program was awarded $9 million in federal funding on Friday, Nov. 8, the state Department of Agriculture announced. The five-year grant is the second that the program has received since 2015 through a U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation partnership. Founded in 2014, the state Water Quality Certification Program has accredited an estimated 800 farms for their efforts to meet Minnesota water conservation standards.
BISMARCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved Friday, Nov. 8, disaster designations for 47 North Dakota counties dealing with severe flooding and major crop losses. The approval clears the path for farmers in hard-hit areas to apply for federal relief. Gov. Doug Burgum initially submitted the request for the designation to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at the beginning of the month.
WADENA, Minn. — It didn't take long for word to spread around Wadena after the Antique Archaeology van pulled up to a home at Second Street and Emerson Avenue on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Traffic steadily increased in the neighborhood as "American Pickers" star and creator Mike Wolfe was spotted that afternoon. Wolfe could be seen at one point out walking a dog. Around 2 p.m. a caller to the Wadena Pioneer Journal stated that moving vans and a camper pulled up the to site.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, Nov. 1, an appeal to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for disaster designations in 47 of 53 North Dakota counties. If granted, the move would free up federal aid to farmers who experienced significant flood-related crop losses during the unusually wet summer and fall.
HAZELTON, N.D. — Several head of cattle were killed when a semi truck transporting approximately 72 head overturned Wednesday afternoon on Highway 83 in Hazelton. Trajan Jangula, 20, was driving a 2002 Freightliner when it slowed to make a left turn into a gas station around 2 p.m. Oct. 30. The weight of the cattle shifted in the turn and the semi and trailer tipped onto its right side and came to rest partially in a ditch. Jangula was not wearing a seat belt and was not injured, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz declared an emergency on Wednesday night, Oct. 30, to help farmers in western Minnesota by lifting regulations on trucks and drivers delivering propane and liquid fuels. Walz said when he met with about 50 farmers and agricultural leaders in East Grand Forks on Tuesday that they asked him to help as they were facing a fuel shortage in the area.