Agriculture

Bismarck Bobcat Workers Vote Against Unionizing

The vote last week failed by a 2-to-1 margin

BISMARCK, N.D. — Workers at the Bobcat manufacturing facility in Bismarck have voted against joining a union. The vote last week failed by a 2-to-1 margin. Larry Johnson, a union member who works at Bobcat’s facility in Gwinner, says the push behind the campaign was to improve health and safety and to negotiate higher wages. The last time the manufacturing…

Oil Production in North Dakota Increasing

Ness says a task force is being convened to help speed up infrastructure development

  NORTH DAKOTA — Oil production in North Dakota is increasing amid rebounding oil prices and technology advances. But officials say the infrastructure needed to capture the natural gas byproduct isn’t keeping up. North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness says some oil drillers are cutting output to meet gas capture rules so they won’t be sanctioned by the state….

2017 Drought Impact on North Dakota Crops

Potato production in North Dakota increased 16 percent

  NORTH DAKOTA — Drought in 2017 impacted the production of most crops in North Dakota. The latest report from the Agriculture Department shows soybean production in the state down 4 percent from the previous year, corn down 13 percent, oil sunflowers down 41 percent and flaxseed down 56 percent. Potato production in North Dakota increased 16 percent. Meanwhile, North…

FM Diversion Task Force Report Due This Week

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, who also chairs the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority, expects the final plan to be a hybrid of all the task force options.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ A task force formed to help revive a stalled flood project for the Fargo area discussed many options, but the city’s mayor is hoping for one recommendation from the group’s efforts. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton assembled the task force following a judge’s decision to shut down the $2.2 billion Red…

Prairie Roots Food Co-Op Teaches Kids To Create Healthy Snack Alternatives

They used all local ingredients for their energy bites

  FARGO, N.D. —¬†You can never be too young to start learning how to be a pro in the kitchen. Prairie Roots Food Co-Op taught kids and their parents how to create healthier snacks. They made energy bites with locally made ingredients including sunflower butter, oats and chocolate chips. Organizers say it can be good to expose kids to cooking…

Investigators Release Possible Cause of Fire that Destroyed Jennie-O Turkey Barn in New York Mills

The barn was fully engulfed

  NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. — Investigators have released more details of a fire that destroyed a Jennie-O turkey barn in New York Mills. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says the fire likely was started by a propane heater in the barn. Fire crews responded to the fire just after midnight. The barn was fully engulfed. There were no…

Pet Connection: Coffee and Cuddles

The kickoff to Giving Hearts Day starts with this gorgeous ambassador for rescue animal groups.

It’s the start of the biggest nonprofit fundraiser drive of the year. Giving Hearts Day comes in February each year, and each year with it comes millions of dollars in funds donated from folks just like to you to some of the finest nonprofit causes in the Red River Valley region. Of course, it helps to have a high-profile ambassador…

Construction Proposal Made for $1.2 Billion Pipeline from Montana to Kansas

It would also help reduce the wasteful flaring of excess gas in the state's oil fields

  NATIONAL — Officials say a $1.2 billion natural gas liquids pipeline proposed from Montana to Kansas will help accommodate increasing production in North Dakota. The Elk Creek Pipeline wouldn’t cross North Dakota but would connect to existing pipelines in the northwestern part of the state. It would transport up to 240,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids from…

Frostival: New Offerings

Do you qualify for the Undie Run?

Christmas is over, New Year’s has popped its cork, and Valentine’s Day is a long, long way off on the horizon. We’ve reached the January doldrums of winter, when it seems like we’re so far between festivities there’s not much to look forward to, other than a long winter’s nap until spring thaw. But behold!!! Off on yonder peak —…

Fire Crews Battle Elevator Fire in East Grand Forks, Business Fire in Hallock

The fire was reported just before 7 p.m. after a loud explosion was heard

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — An explosion and fire has damaged a grain processing elevator in East Grand Forks. Firefighters fought the blaze at MGI Grain Processing in subzero temperatures Wednesday night. The fire was reported just before 7 p.m. after a loud explosion was heard. Employees in the mill at the time made it out safely and called 911….