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GRAND FORKS - With spring flood conditions approaching, an app and website is available for people to post reports and share photos of snowpack, ice jams, overland flooding and similar events in the Red River Basin.
FARGO — North Dakota exporters achieved positive growth in 2018 despite uncertainty within international markets. Recently released statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that North Dakota's tracked exports were up overall by $1 billion for a total of $6.8 billion in 2018. This represents an increase of 16.2 percent over 2017. Petroleum contributed to about three quarters of the growth, but many other segments increased as well, making North Dakota one of the top in the nation for export growth.
PERHAM, Minn. — No one was injured when massive amounts of snow over the weekend caused a roof collapse at the Tuffy's pet food plant in Perham. As work resumed on Monday, March 11, workers shoveled off portions of the roof. A warehouse collapse on Saturday happened in a non-essential part of the Tuffy's facility, the company said in a press release, and production areas were not damaged.
GRAND FORKS -- Contractors who are able to perform habitat work on Private Land Open To Sportsmen program lands across North Dakota are invited to add their businesses to a database the Game and Fish Department will maintain on its website, gf.nd.gov, to help landowners who are looking to develop wildlife habitat on their property.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A site along U.S. Highway 2 where 16 cattle died on Monday, Feb. 11, could soon host a new billboard from an organization that advocates for animal rights by way of meat-free diets. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, announced Thursday its plans to place a sign along Highway 2, about 3 miles west of Devils Lake, to honor the animals that died when a livestock trailer overturned this week and killed roughly a fifth of the cattle being transported.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Sixteen cattle died in a snow fog crash on Monday, Feb. 11, about noon on U.S. Highway 2 about 3 miles west of Devils Lake. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Garrett Hoopman of Dunseith was traveling east towing a livestock trailer when a semi passed him, leaving him in a cloud of snow fog. Hoopman was unable to see the roadway and ran off the four-lane highway into the snow-filled median where he hit an embankment and the livestock trailer he was pulling with his 2013 Kenworth overturned, the patrol said.
WINNER, S.D. — Country Pride Cooperative, a regional ag cooperative with locations in 12 communities in South Dakota and Nebraska, announced Friday, Jan. 25, it is selling its assets to CHS. The cooperative said the proposal was voted on by the members of Country Pride and was passed with 92 percent approval. The transaction is expected to be finalized on March 1. Terms were not announced.
BARRON, Wis. – Jennie-O Turkey Store and parent company Hormel Foods announced Wednesday, Jan. 23, that the $25,000 in reward money offered for information in the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs will be donated directly to her. Earlier this month, Closs escaped her alleged captor and was reunited with members of her extended family. She had been missing for nearly three months since the day her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found shot to death in their home. They both worked for Jennie-O in Barron for 25 years.
SALEM, S.D. — Authorities on Tuesday identified a Salem woman as the person who died in a tractor-van crash about 35 miles east of Mitchell on Jan. 16. Helene Eichacker, 85, was the passenger in a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country that crashed into a 1998 John Deere tractor on S.D. Highway 38, about one mile west of Salem. She was airlifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls and died Thursday as a result of her injuries.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has been elected chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. It's the second time the 74-year-old dean of the Minnesota congressional delegation has served as the leader of the agriculture panel, first serving from 2007 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been the ranking member of the committee and played a key role in passing the farm bill late last year, as well as in previous years.