Agriculture

Melinda’s Garden: The Tomato Race

Get the biggest, juiciest tomatoes from your vines, faster than all the neighbors grow theirs.

Believe it or not, in spite of this week’s surprise snowfall, we are mere weeks away from the start of tomato planting season. But as sweet as spring and summer are in the Red River region, they’re also among the shortest growing seasons in the United States. The final average frost date in the Fargo region is May 20th. That…

Students Encourage their Peers to “Listen to the Environment”

Fargo North students sold miniature cacti to raise awareness for the environment ahead of Earth Day

FARGO, N.D. — Earth Day is this Saturday and students at Fargo North High School are getting a jump start on the event. The school’s environment club is selling miniature succulent plants and cacti and entering students into a drawing to win a pair of Beats headphones. It’s all a part of the club’s message to help students to listen…

Gov. Burgum Signs Medical Marijuana Law

The measure, called the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, won 65 percent voter approval in November

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Burgum has signed a comprehensive measure that regulates the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana initiative. The Senate and the House earlier had gotten the needed two-thirds majority to amend the citizen initiative. The measure, called the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, won 65 percent voter approval in November. It allows the use of marijuana as medicine…

F-M Flood Diversion: Groundbreaking for Flood Protection

Community members remember the flood of 97 and move forward with the diversion project

RED RIVER VALLEY — City and state leaders from both sides of the Red gathered to remember an event that devastated the region throughout the valley. It’s been 20 years since the flood of ’97 and while they talk about how they were able to overcome, leaders are also discussing how to move forward with future protection. “I remember some…

Prepping For the Plains Art Gala

How Does Your Garden Grow? With Plants, Pollinators and Art Nouveau At the Plains This Year.

It’s 21st year of one of the most fabulous springtime events in the F-M metro area. Plains Art Museum Development Director Sandy Thompson stopped by the KVRR Morning Show to visit live in-studio with Emily Welker about this year’s Plains Art Gala: Garden Galore. It’s a twofold theme this year, both to celebrate the resurgence of spring in the Red…

Emergency Declaration for 9 North Dakota Counties

North Dakota Governor Burgum issues an Emergency Declaration for 9 counties

Gov. Burgum has issued an emergency declaration for nine northeastern counties experiencing spring flooding. Burgum had previously issued an executive order on March 24 declaring a state of emergency for Walsh County. The new order covers Bottineau, Cavalier, McHenry, Pembina, Pierce, Renville, Rolette and Towner counties. Overland flooding from snowmelt has washed out gravel roads and damaged culverts and bridges…

From Farmers to Congress: Growers Talk 2018 Farm Bill with Area Politicians

Farmers meet with politicians to make suggestions for the 2018 Farm Bill

FARGO, N.D. — It’s a bill which affects every farmer in the country. The congressional delegation in North Dakota wants to make sure they get it right. The 2018 Farm Bill, which is in the debate stage, acts as a federal safety net for farmers in the U.S. When something bad happens to farmlands, a little extra financial help can…

Flood Waters Near Neche, ND Recede

The Pembina River at Neche is receding

COURTESY: DEANNA NEWELL The Pembina River at Neche is finally going down. It should drop below major flood stage by Sunday morning, despite a few showers last night. It is down enough that Highway 18 has reopened to the Canadian border and the border crossing is operational. A flood warning remains in effect for Neche, Pembina and Walhalla as river…

Fargo Commissioners Cleaning the Coop of Vague Backyard Chicken Laws

Clucking soon to a neighborhood near you...

FARGO, N.D. — A national movement to grow your own food is ruffling feathers in the FM area. Fargo city commissioners have passed a new ordinance on backyard chickens. Some health officials said the rules were too vague before. “People want to know where the food is coming from,” said Kim Lipetzky, a Fargo public health nutritionist. Urban farmers can have…

Speaker Daudt Gives Update on Current Legislative Session

The Minnesota Speaker of the House says tax relief for Minnesotans is a top priority

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt stopped by the Moorhead City Council chambers to give an update on the current legislative session. Daudt talked about the efforts Republicans and Democratic Governor Dayton have taken to find a compromise on the state’s nearly $2 billion dollar budget surplus. Topics also included improving the state’s health care system,…