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Dickinson businessman David Shetler and his cow were crowned grand champion of the Aberdeen National Western Stock Show in Denver last week. This marks Shetler's first national championship win—and this year saw both the grand champion titles for Aberdeen cows and bulls going to North Dakotans.
FRYBURG, N.D. — In far western North Dakota near Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the unincorporated community of Fryburg, Terry Logan's land is largely a sea of grassland and some gentle hills, interspersed by fences—and in places conspicuous patches of rust-colored earth where nothing grows.
MEDORA, N.D.—The death of Lyle Glass, better known as Cowboy Lyle, has had quite an effect on the North Dakota Badlands town of Medora. For many tourists and townsfolk, he could often be seen riding through the Old West streets on horseback clad in western regalia greeting them and always with a saddlebag of sweets for the wide-eyed children who had never seen a real cowboy before.
DICKINSON, N.D.—There's been a lot of thunder, lightning and rain in western North Dakota this past week, emblematic of a fairly wet summer season that producers find a welcome change to how things were last year. "I would have to suggest ... that we are free of drought," Byron Richard, a rancher in the Belfield area in far western North Dakota, said in a phone interview. "Pasture is looking as good as I've seen in three years now. Crops side, the canola crops I've seen look very good."
DICKINSON, N.D.—Wildlife groups and landowners are finding a common purpose, and considerable success, in conservation and land-use efforts. They are working together to build an intersection between private enterprise and public interest with regards to North Dakota's greatest treasure: its land.
DICKINSON, N.D.—The North Dakota Department of Health received mixed comments at a public hearing Wednesday night about a proposed oil refinery that would be built on the fringes of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The majority of public comments veered negative, with a number of residents of the Belfield area and citizens from as far away as Bismarck and Grand Forks voicing concerns about the long-term air quality impacts that the proposed refinery would have as well as the damage it could cause to the views, wildlife and overall health of the park.
Though the snow glitters with ice, Kyle Kline crosses it in near silence. Cutting a narrow path through the snow, he moves steadily across the windswept grassland, snow drifts at times swallowing his legs up to the knee. The morning sun is high—he's been hunting coyotes for a few hours now, and so far, has nothing to show for it but a single wasted bullet. Hunting is a patient sport, but the anticipation is high—something has to come through at this stand.
DICKINSON, N.D. — As this year's farm bill continues to take shape, the question of what impact it will have on area farmers looms large. A presentation at this year's Diversity, Direction and Dollars agriculture forum in Dickinson on Jan. 4 by Bradley Lubben, Extension assistant professor and policy specialist for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, suggested that any proposed legislation will be tasked with doing a lot with little money.
DICKINSON, N.D.—Once again, the Coyote Classic is coming to Dickinson, marking the 16th year of the two-day coyote hunting tournament, which will award cash and prizes to the team who can bag the most coyotes. "There's a lot of strategy (involved), that's why people like to do it," said Terri Thiel, executive director of the Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's a challenge. There's a lot of walking, and it's cold, cold, cold."
MEDORA, N.D.—A bison roundup is underway at Theodore Roosevelt National Park with the goal of relocating a portion of the park's bison population elsewhere to keep them from growing too numerous. It's a process that calls for manpower and machinery, as bison are processed through a series of chambers and into a hydraulic mechanism that holds them in place while hair and blood samples can be collected and tags affixed.