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EDINBURG, N.D. — North Dakota officials and crews from TC Energy were on the site of an oil spill in Walsh County in northeastern North Dakota resulting from a leak from the Keystone Pipeline Wednesday, Oct. 30. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality confirmed a leak from the pipeline has resulted in an oil spill in a rural area 3 miles northwest of Edinburg. According to the Walsh County Sheriff's Office, the first report came from TC Energy at 5:42 a.m.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging the public to respect unharvested crops because of the recent wet weather and recent snowfall. “We’ve had incidents where snowmobilers have driven in unharvested soybean fields and corn fields,” Goehring said in a news release Wednesday, Oct. 16. “Unseasonable weather has delayed harvest and many crops are still out in the field. Please take care when hunting or snowmobiling to ensure you aren’t in unharvested crops.” Goehring said people should contact landowners regarding access.
PIERRE, S.D. — President Donald Trump has approved South Dakota's request for a second presidential disaster declaration as the state continues recovery efforts from severe summer storms, the governor announced Tuesday, Sept. 24. The federal money will be used to help local government entities recover from property damages, Gov. Kristi Noem's office said.
ST. PAUL — State health officials on Tuesday, Sept. 17, reported an E. coli infection outbreak believed to have originated from the Minnesota State Fair. Eleven Minnesota residents who attended the Minnesota State Fair have tested positive for E. coli 0157, state investigators announced in a news release. The 11 attended the fair between Aug. 25 and Sept. 2 and became ill in the days following their visits.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring was elected president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Wednesday, Sept. 11, according to a news release. Goehring will serve as the organization's 2019-20 president and host its annual meeting in Medora in a year. The NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association representing elected and appointed state agriculture officials across the country, according to Goehring's office.
BISMARCK — About 200 barrels of produced water leaked from a pipeline onto a pasture in McKenzie County Friday, Aug. 30, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday. The leak occurred about 4 miles west of Watford City. The pipeline is operated by Henry Hill Oil Services. Produced water is a byproduct of oil and gas development. It's unclear what caused the leak, which would amount to roughly 8,400 gallons, the DEQ said in a news release. Agency personnel are inspecting the site and will continue to monitor the investigation and remediation.
SLEEPY EYE, Minn. — Del Monte announced it will close its peas and corn canning plant at Sleepy Eye, eliminating 360 full- and part-time jobs. Production will stop in Sleepy Eye; Mendota, Ill.; and a plant in Cambria, Wis., will be sold at the end of the packing season this fall, the company announced Tuesday, Aug. 20.
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. -- The only thing missing from this news release is whether or not law enforcement used a radar gun. Stearns County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a bull walking close to the Sauk Centre exit near Interstate 94, early Friday morning, Aug. 16. Deputies and officers from the Sauk Centre Police Department were unable to locate the bull. A few hours later, Stearns County officials said, the Minnesota State Patrol said the bull was seen on the shoulder of I-94 near mile marker 124.
ST. PAUL — Three different equine diseases have been detected in three separate Minnesota counties as state animal experts stress this is the time of year horses are the most prone to diseases. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health said horses in Otter Tail, Pine and Swift counties have been euthanized since eastern equine encephalitis, equine infectious anemia and West Nile virus were detected.
ST. PAUL — The trade organization representing farmers, processors, distributors and others in the hemp industry on Monday, Aug. 12, announced that Joe Radinovich would become the group's executive director. In a news release, the Minnesota Hemp Association said Radinovich, a former candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 8th District, would lead the organization. Days earlier, Radinovich announced that he doesn't plan to challenge U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber in 2020.