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BISMARCK -- With the arrival of spring and increased opportunities for spending time outdoors, the North Dakota Department of Health recommends people take precautions against ticks and the diseases they carry because tick season is at hand. “The highest risk of tick-borne disease transmission occurs between late spring and early fall,” said Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist with the health department. “The key to preventing tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, is to avoid tick bites and find and remove ticks promptly.”
JACKSON COUNTY, Minn.
OSAKIS, Minn. - U.S. soldiers serving overseas frequently find themselves working in all types of weather conditions. Spending so much time outdoors often wreaks havoc on their face and lips. The Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers came to their rescue in March by donating soy-based lip balm to soldiers in Iraq.
PIERRE, S.D. -- With severe winter weather making its way across South Dakota yet again, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered the closure of state government offices in 52 counties on Wednesday, April 10. According to a Wednesday news release from the state's Department of Public Safety, 52 of the state's 66 counties are under a blizzard warning. Only "essential personnel" in state offices in those counties should report to work, Noem ordered.
Norman County Sheriff's Office reported a bridge over a drainage ditch in rural Norman County failed due to floodwaters Tuesday, April 9, according to a Facebook post. "County Hwy 18 is closed North of County Hwy 19 due to bridge failure. Be careful driving during the flood as things like this can happen at anytime," the post said, accompanied by a photo.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is asking for help in locating active bald eagle nests across the state. According to Sandra Johnson, conservation biologist for Game and Fish in Bismarck, the department is looking for locations of nests with eagles present, not individual eagle sightings. Eagles lay eggs in early to mid March, and the eggs hatch about a month later. Johnson said it’s easy to distinguish an eagle nest because of its enormous size.
A statewide bounty program launched Monday, April 1, with the goal of protecting pheasant nests and getting South Dakotans interested in trapping in the process. As part of Gov. Kristi Noem’s Second Century initiative, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will offer a $10 bounty for each nest predator tail trapped from now until Aug. 31, or until the $500,000 cap is reached.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota landowners who are interested in applying for a 2019 deer gratis license can fill out their application online by visiting the state Game and Fish Department website at www.gf.nd.gov . The general deer lottery and muzzleloader applications will be available online in early May. The deadline for applying is June 5.
SIOUX FALLS — Corn planting in South Dakota is expected to rise to 6 million acres in 2019, up 13 percent from a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Prospective Planting surveys. Conversely, soybean planted acreage is expected to be at 5.2 million acres in South Dakota, down 8 percent from last year. The estimates were gathered by surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March. South Dakota planted 5.3 million acres of corn in 2018 and 5.7 million acres in 2017.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House has rejected a bill that would have dedicated a certain percentage of Legacy Fund earnings to the state’s research universities. The House voted against Senate Bill 2282 by a vote of 62-30 Wednesday, March 20.