Author: Chris Howard

Dispute Over USDA Relief Payments Between North & South

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A nonpartisan report from the US Government Accountability Office reveals that Southern states have been receiving more in payouts from the USDA Market Facilitation Program than other regions. Farmers in states like Minnesota and North Dakota received on average between $29,000 and $36,000 in payouts from the program. In states like Georgia and Arizona, those payouts ranged…

Ag Commissioners Discuss State of the Industry

Big Iron Farm Show returns to West Fargo for its 40th year

WEST FARGO, N.D. — The picture painted by North Dakota and Minnesota’s Ag Commissioners at the Big Iron Farm Show for the remainder of 2020 and the future of 2021 is not a pretty one. “When you see almost a couple of thousand dairy farms go out of business, it’s a big deal,” said North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring….

Big Iron Farm Show offers a glimpse of the past with historic farming exhibit

WEST FARGO, ND – You can check out some unique and interesting farming history at the Big Iron Farm Show this year. Bonanzaville donated several tractors and old style machinery to the exhibit. Tractors from as far back as 1944 were on display as a way to promote the history of farming in the Red River Valley. John Deere, Steiger…

YWCA of Cass-Clay hosts 2020 Women of the Year awards

FARGO, N.D. – YWCA’s Women of the Year 2020 event is underway, but this year it’s being held virtually. 29 women and THREE organizations were nominated and the winner will be determined by an independent panel of judges. Some of the women nominated include Kari Bucholz of Haley’s Hope, Jeanine Larson from Berkshire Hathaway, and former City Commissioner Melissa Sobolik….

Navy Veteran begins journey from Moorhead to St. Paul by wheelchair

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Twenty years ago, Kevin “NeSe” Shores began his 270 mile journey from Moorhead City Hall to the capitol building in St. Paul in his wheelchair. That first journey was to bring attention to the Gulf War Illness, which causes fatigue, muscle pain, cognitive problems, and insomnia in approximately 250,000 veterans who returned home from the 1991 Gulf…

Meeting Mika: The West Fargo Arson Dog

WEST FARGO, N.D. – Mika is the newest member of the West Fargo Fire family. “We were looking to see what we could do to benefit the quality of life in our community,” said Chief Dan Fuller of the West Fargo Fire Department. She’s trained to dig and sniff through the rubble and debris and determine if a fire was…

Local Minnesota winemakers react to 51% fruit law ruling

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN – Minnesota law required winemakers to produce their wine with at least 51% of the fruit being from Minnesota since 1985. It’s a rule it’s opponents, the Alexis Bailly Vineyard in Hastings and Next Chapter Winery in New Prague, say is unconstitutional. They challenged with a federal lawsuit in 2017. They won with the judge citing…

Eight ND counties upgraded to moderate risk level for Covid-19

BISMARCK, N.D. – As the COVID-19 positivity rate continues to rise in North Dakota, Governor Doug Burgum is making some changes, and requests. North Dakota now ranks first in the country in the number of new COVID-19 cases per capita in the last two weeks. “Our active cases and positvity rate have gone up even higher. These increases in actives…