drought

Slight improvement in North Dakota drought conditions

BISMARCK, N.D. – A tiny section of North Dakota has been dropped from all drought categories, marking the first time since the beginning of the year that the entire state wasn’t in some stage of drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows the southeastern tip of Richland County is not considered to be in any of the five stages of drought….

Low Levels Reveal Junk In Red River

One Man Fished Shopping Cart Out Peeking Up Through The Water On Red River

  GRAD FORKS, N.D. – We’re seeing more signs emerge of major drought conditions here in the valley. Literally. This is a once-submerged shopping cart peeking out of the water in the Red River by the Riverside Dam in Grand Forks. The river is flowing at just above 15 feet in Grand Forks. For reference, flooding doesn’t start on the…

Severe weather, much-needed rain returns to Red River Valley

Thunderstorm near Alice, N.D. courtesy, Shane Ornelas. FARGO (KVRR) – For the first time in several weeks, measurable rain, thunderstorms and severe weather made an appearance in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10:00 p.m. Friday.  Forecaster said there’s a possibility of 60 mph winds, 1″ hail and tornadoes. A…

North Dakota Water Commission: Approves eligibility date for drought assistance funding to farmers and ranchers

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFGO) – The North Dakota Water Commission has voted to set April 8, 2021, as the start date for eligible labor and material expenses that can be reimbursed through the state’s Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Program. In addition, the U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows the expansion of Extreme Drought conditions into Richland County, making livestock producers…

Gov. Walz Says Financial Relief Could Be Coming For Drought Stricken Producers

REDWOOD COUNTY, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz got an earful at Farmfest in Redwood County from farmers and ranchers seeking drought relief. Most of the state is in a severe or extreme drought. Agriculture officials say livestock and specialty crop farmers are hardest hit because their insurance generally covers less than corn and soybean farmers. Walz and Democratic House Speaker…

Rep. Michelle Fischbach tours Clay County farm amid drought

BARNESVILLE, Minn. (KVRR) – Rep. Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota’s 7th District visited a Clay County farm Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the challenges farmers are facing during the drought. Four miles outside of Barnesville, brothers Jake and Nathan Thompson operate Four Hill Farms, Inc. “It’s a challenge. Where we’re at here now is probably as good in the…

West Fargo Mandatory But Non-Enforceable Water Restrictions Begin Tuesday

WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo is following the lead of Fargo and Moorhead by implementing water restrictions. Starting tomorrow the city will enact mandatory but non-enforceable odd/even outdoor water use restrictions. There are no restrictions on essential water uses such as shower, laundry or toilet usage. The city is entering Phase 2 of its drought response.   Categories: Local News,…

Pipeline would pump river water across North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota officials are promoting a decades-long idea of pumping Missouri River water across the state to central and eastern North Dakota to combat future drought conditions. A groundbreaking is planned Tuesday near Carrington to mark the start of pipeline construction for the Red River Valley Water Supply Project. It’s a more than $1 billion project that…