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WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man died early Tuesday, July 2, after falling from a grain elevator. The incident was reported at 4:22 a.m. at the Farm Service Elevator, 3939 First Ave. S., in Willmar. According to a news release from Willmar Police Captain Michael Anderson, a 56-year-old man fell from a balcony area over a grain truck and struck his head. Emergency care was provided on site and the victim was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The name of the individual is not being released pending notification of family.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission awarded $5.2 million in grants for conservation and recreation projects Thursday, June 20. More than half of the Outdoor Heritage Fund money went to a $3.1 million proposal from the North Dakota Conservation District Employees Association to help "implement agroforestry practices" such as windbreaks and riparian plantings. Another $1.2 million was set aside for a North Dakota Natural Resources Trust project to provide landowners with options to develop expired Conservation Reserve Program acres into working grazing lands.
PARKERS PRAIRIE, Minn. — A 41-year-old Parkers Prairie man died after he was trampled by a bull or cows on his farm over the weekend. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report about the death of Craig Allen Thoennes at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15 west of Parkers Prairie. Deputies responded to the scene and talked with family members. Deputies found Thoennes' body near a shed in the cow yard where two cows and a bull were roaming free there and in the yard.
BISMARCK — Ryan Taylor, a fourth-generation rancher, published author, former policy maker and advocate for rural people and rural places, has joined Ducks Unlimited as public policy director for the prairie states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. He brings to the conservation nonprofit his vast experience in policy and as a working rancher on the family’s homestead near Towner, N.D.
Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit a farm near Glyndon on Thursday, May 9. Pence is scheduled to arrive at the Hector airport at 11:20 a.m. RELATED:
MERRIFIELD, Minn. — Seven deer originating from a deer farm in Merrifield tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Wednesday, May 8.
BISMARCK — State utility regulators approved a large wind farm in oil-rich western North Dakota Tuesday, May 7. The Aurora Wind Project is slated for a 44,000-acre site five miles northwest of Tioga. It will consist of up to 121 turbines with a maximum capacity of 300 megawatts and is expected to cost $385 million. North Dakota has 3,155 megawatts of installed wind capacity, good for 10th in the nation, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
BISMARCK — The state of North Dakota has created a new state agency focused on environmental regulations after a two-year process to separate those functions from the Department of Health. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality was officially established Monday, April 29, according to a news release. The 2017 Legislature passed a bill severing one branch of the state Department of Health to create the agency.
ST. PAUL — Agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture physical loss loans.
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. – A 42-year-old Belgrade man died when pinned by two pieces of farm implements Friday afternoon, April 19, in Lake Henry Township north of Paynesville. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, James Logan was pronounced dead at the scene after life-saving efforts proved unsuccessful. Ryan Klassen, 31, found Logan pinned and unresponsive between a backhoe bucket and a utility trailer around 3:30 p.m. Friday at a location in Lake Henry Township.