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Bird flu prompts slaughter of 1.8M chickens in Nebraska 

By JOSH FUNK AP Business Writer  OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska agriculture officials say another 1.8 million chickens must be killed after bird flu was found on a farm in the latest sign that the outbreak that has already prompted the slaughter of more than 50 million birds nationwide continues…
November 28, 2022

More Than Hunting and Fishing 

Tioga NDGF Advisory Board Meeting  kimfundingsland@mydakotan.com Sportsmen gathered at the Tioga Community Center for a North Dakota Game and Fish Department Advisory Board meeting on Monday. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)  TIOGA – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department kicked off its fall round of Advisory Board meetings in this…
November 23, 2022

North Dakota-owned oil, gas mineral rights valued at $2.8B 

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An estimate of oil and gas mineral rights owned by North Dakota pegs their value at $2.8 billion, an 18% increase from last year, according to an appraisal released Thursday to the state Land Board.  The increase comes largely from strong…
November 17, 2022

Winter outlook: Cold, Snowy 

Latest forecast from the Climate Prediction Center  MINOT – Well, cripes, any chances of a warm, dry winter are heavily refuted by the latest long-range weather outlooks issued by the Climate Prediction Center. All indications favor colder than usual temperatures for North Dakota through February 2023. Look for more than…
November 17, 2022

Memorable Snowfall Totals 

Minot sets record  MINOT – It was a nasty way to get the winter underway, one of the deepest November 10 snowfalls on record in many places in the state. Minot’s official dump was a record for the date at 7.3 inches. The previous mark was 4.2 inches in 2012. …
November 11, 2022

And Snow It Begins 

Fall turned into winter  MINOT – Winter made a rather rude arrival Thursday, bursting through the front door with a vengeance – heavy snowfall and high winds combined. The strong storm resulted in the usual school closings or shortened hours and the like, and, of course, made travel difficult in the…
November 10, 2022

Sen. Cramer Sounds Off on Biden’s Energy Policy 

Views on Possible Senate Majority  News release: BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined Larry Kudlow on Fox Business to discuss President Joe Biden’s recent calls for a windfall tax on energy companies. He also discussed a strategy to increase…
November 3, 2022

Drought Creeping In 

Flash drought conditions  MINOT – What the U.S. Drought Monitor refers to as “flash drought” conditions have crept into much of North Dakota in the past week. The Drought Monitor is issued each Thursday.  A flash drought is defined as the opposite of flash, or sudden, rainfall or flood. It…
November 3, 2022

Burgum rejects tribes' plea for online gambling rights 

Legal gambling age lowered  By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum has rejected a plea by North Dakota's American Indian tribes to give them exclusive rights to host internet gambling and sports betting because it isn't allowed under state law, his spokesman said Wednesday.  But…
November 2, 2022

One Million Highly Contagious Chickens 

Bird Flu Infects Iowa Egg Farm   By DAVID PITT Associated Press  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials said Monday that another commercial egg farm in the state has been infected with bird flu, the first commercial farm case identified since April, when a turkey farm was infected. …
November 1, 2022

North Dakota Targeted by Beef Thieves 

Feds: Theft of frozen beef in Nebraska uncovers crime ring  LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An investigation into the theft this summer of several semitrailers loaded with frozen beef from Nebraska has led to arrests and uncovered a multimillion-dollar theft ring targeting meatpacking plants in six Midwestern states, federal authorities said. …
October 26, 2022

Fatal Crash Near Steele 

Two-Vehicles Involved  What: Fatality Crash  Where: I-94 MM 201, 1 mile east of Steele  When: 10/20/22 at 9:00 p.m.   Road Conditions: Normal   Weather Conditions: Clear  Crash Involvement: Two Vehicles  Type of Crash: Rear-end  Agencies Involved: NDHP, Kidder County SO, Steele PD, Kidder County Fire, Kidder County  Ambulance, Sanford Air Med …
October 22, 2022

North Dakota farmer detained in Ukraine is back 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota farmer who had been detained in Ukraine since November 2021 on accusations he planned to kill his business partner is back home, the state's two U.S. senators announced Friday.  Kurt Groszhans, from Ashley, North Dakota, has ancestors who are from Ukraine and he…
October 21, 2022

Hoeven: Take the Handcuffs off U.S. Oil & Gas Producers 

Biden administration needs to stop draining the SPR   FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after President Biden announced a plan to release an additional 15 million barrels of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve…
October 19, 2022

Stocks fall broadly on Wall Street  

Inflation worries grow  By DAMIAN J. TROISE and ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writers  Stocks are broadly lower on Wall Street in afternoon trading Friday as investors weigh the latest updates on inflation expectations, consumer spending and corporate earnings.  A report showing U.S. consumers raised their expectations for future inflation hurt…
October 14, 2022

Elevator Art 

Massive mural to be painted in Minot MINOT – No question that it’ll be a big attention getter, easily the largest in the city and a huge showpiece for the state. The Union Silos Public Art Project has announced a transformation is in the works for one of this city’s…
October 14, 2022

Taxing Cow Burps and Pee 

New Zealand proposal angers farmers  By NICK PERRY Associated Press  WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Tuesday proposed taxing the greenhouse gasses that farm animals make from burping and peeing as part of a plan to tackle climate change.  The government said the farm levy would be…
October 11, 2022

Wall Street's Rally Runs Out of Gas 

Indexes lower  By DAMIAN J. TROISE and ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writers  A wobbly day of trading on Wall Street ended with stocks slightly lower Wednesday as a gangbuster two-day rally ran out of gas.  Stock indexes had been in the red much of the day before briefly shifting into…
October 5, 2022

Russia smuggling Ukrainian grain to help pay for Putin's war 

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, SARAH EL DEEB and BEATRICE DUPUY Associated Press  BEIRUT (AP) — When the bulk cargo ship Laodicea docked in Lebanon last summer, Ukrainian diplomats said the vessel was carrying grain stolen by Russia and urged Lebanese officials to impound the ship.  Moscow called the allegation "false and…
October 3, 2022

No Go for Ag-gag Law 

Federal court finds 3rd Iowa ag-gag law unconstitutional  By DAVID PITT Associated Press  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has struck down the third attempt by the Iowa Legislature to stop animal welfare groups from secretly filming livestock abuse, finding once again that the law passed last year…
September 28, 2022

Stocks Fall on Recession Fears 

Dow slips into bear market  By DAMIAN J. TROISE and ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writers  A broad slide on Wall Street extended the major indexes' losing streak to a fifth day Monday, deepening a steep market slump amid growing fears of a global recession.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell…
September 26, 2022

Bombs Disrupt Critical Ukraine Industry 

Front Line Farming  By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press  NOVOMYKOLAIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — An unexploded rocket sticks out of a field, and another is embedded in the ground of the farm compound. Workers found a cluster bomb while clearing weeds, and there's a gaping hole in the roof of the shrapnel-scarred…
September 21, 2022

Pork Price-fixing Settlement 

JBS to pay $20 million By JOSH FUNK AP Business Writer  OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — JBS has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a lawsuit with consumers that accused the giant meat producer of conspiring with other meat companies to inflate the price of pork.  The latest meat-industry settlement…
September 20, 2022

Nuisance Tode

Soybean Cyst Nematode Present in North Dakota lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – There seems to always be something that plagues a farmer’s field, and one this year is soybean cyst nematodes. T.J. Prochaska, extension crop protection specialist with the North Central Research Extension Center, said this nematode lives underground and its biggest…
September 15, 2022

Taiwan to Purchase Agriculture Products 

$3.2 Billion Buy to Include Soybeans, Corn, and Wheat  WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today joined agriculture representatives from the United States and Taiwan at the signing of letters of intent for Taiwan…
September 14, 2022

Hoppin’ and Killin’

Grasshopper Nuisance lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Grasshoppers can be a fun catch for little kids, but when they get into the fields, they can be quite a nuisance for farmers. TJ Prochaska, extension crop protection specialist from the North Central Research Center, said the grasshopper population has exploded in the last…
September 13, 2022

Harvest and the prairie skyscraper… 

Upside Down Under  Now that harvest is in full swing, a lot of things come to mind, but there is one thing I doubt many people think about and that is the loss of the old, wooden elevators, sometimes called prairie skyscrapers.  On Sunday, we made a trip to Bismarck…
September 11, 2022

Terrific explosion revisited…

 Upside Down Under  Marvin.baker@mydakotan.com  Some locals in the Carpio area still talk about an explosion on a nearby farm that happened 100 years ago on Aug. 31.  This was no ordinary explosion like you would think. It wasn’t gasoline and it wasn’t spontaneous combustion. This bomb went boom when 500…
September 4, 2022

High Fire Danger Across Montana 

Heat sets in for weekend  GLASGOW, Mont. (AP) — Authorities warned of high wildfire danger across much of Montana Thursday and in coming days as temperatures were forecast to approach the triple digits with heavy winds in some areas.  The start of September will bring heat at near record levels…
September 2, 2022

New Commerce Director

Burgum appoints Teigen to lead state Commerce Department  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of North Dakota's economic development and finance division at the state Commerce Department has been named to lead the agency.  Gov. Doug Burgum announced Thursday that he has appointed Josh Teigen as Commerce Commissioner, effective Sept.…
September 2, 2022

Minot Interest Rates 

lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  MINOT – With inflation and all that comes with it, a Minot banker says interest rates are back to normal, saying they have risen from historically low rates. Brock DesLauriers, president of First International Bank and Trust, gave his perspective on interest rates now compared to the past, saying…
September 2, 2022

Deadly bird flu returns to Midwest  

Earlier than expected  By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bird flu has returned to the Midwest earlier than authorities expected after a lull of several months, with the highly pathogenic disease being detected in a commercial turkey flock in western Minnesota, officials said Wednesday.  The disease was detected…
August 31, 2022

Montana Bison Grazing

Montana ranchers, officials appeal bison grazing on US land  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A ranching group and Republican state officials have asked a federal panel to reverse the Biden administration's approval of bison grazing on U.S. lands in central Montana as part of a vast nature reserve.  Federal officials last…
August 29, 2022

Beware of Bad Beetles

Trapping Invasive Species  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com MINOT – Keeping beetles at bay is one of the reasons for various traps designed to capture the sometimes unwelcome bugs. Three different beetle traps have been in use in the City of Minot this summer.  According to Guy Hanley, Minot Parks entomologist, the black, funnel-type…
August 29, 2022

Burgum Addresses Fufeng Concerns

Burgum statement after North Dakota’s U.S. senators share concerns about proposed corn milling plant   BISMARCK (AUG. 26, 2022) – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement after U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer shared their concerns with the governor and local leaders related to the proposed Fufeng Group…
August 26, 2022

Europe Drying Up

EU report: Drought-hit Europe could face 3 more dry months  By LORNE COOK Associated Press  BRUSSELS (AP) — Parts of the European Union could face three more months of warmer and drier conditions as Europe weathers a major drought that has fueled forest fires, dried up rivers and devastated crops,…
August 24, 2022

Prairie Health in Mohall

MOHALL -- While the COVID-19 pandemic is now mostly an afterthought in our local rural communities, there is no doubt that the pandemic changed the way many people see the world. For Tiffany Strand and Brandy Moen, this is especially true with the way we were able to care for…
August 19, 2022

Ways to Grow Organic

MINOT – Many people long to grow and eat organically, but it can be very hard to grow organic food.  James Rogers, extension forage crop production specialist at the North Central Research Extension Center, spoke of how organic material in the ground can solve several crop problems.  “I was looking…
August 16, 2022

Enjoy Fresh Garden Peppers

Every year I plant peppers. A lot of peppers. At least six varieties of peppers, two to four plants of each variety. This year it’s Jalapeno and Serrano for salsa and canned peppers, Banana and Hungarian Wax\ for Chili Rellenos and pickled peppers, Paprika and Cayenne for powder, and Death…
August 15, 2022

Solutions to Crop Problems

MINOT — Low pH levels can be a scary situation for crops, but there can be solutions. Ryan Buetow, extension cropping systems specialist at the Dickinson Research Extension Center, spoke of some of those solutions. “When pH drops below five and a half, certain crops are more impacted,” said Buetow.…
August 12, 2022

Landowners seek $275K after ND Law Found not Constitutional

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A landowners group will seek more than $275,000 in lawyers' fees and other costs after North Dakota's Supreme Court found a state law pushed by the energy industry amounted to the unconstitutional taking of private property rights.In a ruling last week,…
August 9, 2022

Last Minot Taxi Service to Close

MINOT – Minot’s only taxicab service, Central Cab Company, announced Thursday on its Facebook page it will be permanently closing August 14 at 4 p.m. The post said lack of business is not the reason for its closure, and that providing a list of the reasons may end up getting…
August 8, 2022

Spray Those Weeds

MINOT – Weeds, weeds, and more weeds. Both big farmers and small gardeners understand this nuisance.  One specific kind of weed, Kochia Scoparia, has taken its toll on many crop fields in North Dakota, according to Brian Jenks, a weed specialist from the North Central Research Extension Center in Minot. …
August 6, 2022

A TOUGH Conundrum

MINOT – Plants can be used for many purposes. One plant, lentils, make for a healthy meal, full of iron and fiber.  Dr. Charlie Lim, NDSU weed specialist from the Williston Research Extension Center, spoke of an herbicide often used for lentils, called TOUGH.  Lim said when it comes to…
August 5, 2022

Supreme Court Win for Landowners

State Supreme Court strikes key portions of 'pore-space' lawBy JAMES MacPHERSON Associated PressBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court on Thursday struck down key portions of a state law that a landowners group argued amounts to the unconstitutional taking of private property rights.The so-called pore space law passed the…
August 5, 2022

Oil Boosts Infrastructure Fund

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK (AP) — A major spending initiative aimed at infrastructure projects outside western North Dakota's oil patch is on pace to be fully funded for the first time since the Legislature approved it three years ago, due to strong oil prices and steady production, officials…
August 3, 2022

Climate Deal to Help Farmers Aid the Environment

  By MICHAEL PHILLIS Associated Press  ST. LOUIS (AP) — The climate deal reached last week by Senate Democrats could reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that American farmers produce by expanding programs that help accumulate carbon in soil, fund climate-focused research and lower the abundant methane emissions that come…
August 3, 2022

Rio Grande Drying Up

By BRITTANY PETERSON and SUMAN NAISHADHAM Associated Press  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — On a recent, scorching afternoon in Albuquerque, off-road vehicles cruised up and down a stretch of dry riverbed where normally the Rio Grande River flows. The drivers weren't thrill-seekers, but biologists hoping to save as many endangered fish…
August 3, 2022

Beef Industry Picnic at State Fair

Nearly 1,400 servicemen and women served The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, North Dakota Beef Commission and North Dakota Cattle Women joined forces again this year to salute active servicemen and women and their families during the 17th annual Beef Industry Military Appreciation Day July 26 at the North Dakota State…
August 2, 2022

Governor Requests Review of ND Land Purchase

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin asking that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) conduct an expedited review of Fufeng Group’s recent purchase of land in Grand Forks for a wet…
July 27, 2022

Raising Chickens, Part Two

Raising chickens, how to save money and have fun doing it!
July 25, 2022

Normal Weather for North Dakota, Not U.S.

MINOT – Hot weather of recent days in the Minot region, and across North Dakota, may give way to a more normal range of temperatures in the weeks ahead. Of course, normal weather in this state covers a wide range of possibilities.  Nevertheless, in their latest three-month weather outlook, the…
July 21, 2022

Experts in the Field

MINOT – While some may find the topic of agriculture somewhat complicated, touring the very place where a lot of food originates provides hands-on information and education. North Central Research Extension Center hosted its annual Field Day, where people from all over the state came to tour its fields and…
July 20, 2022

Antler Outlaws

ANTLER -- Way up by the Canadian border, in Bottineau County, is this little town. Fields of crops line the highway, trees are abundant, and rodeo action was alive this past weekend, July 16-17. The Antler Outlaws and Rough Rider Rodeo Association hosted their 3rd Annual rodeo together. The Antler…
July 19, 2022

Chickens-Key to Self-Reliance

Even though I've had chickens for eight years, I've never recommended raising chickens as a part of prepping or self-reliance, until now. Today's food prices are increasing at nearly three times the rate of wage increases. Recent avian flu outbreaks have triggered the destruction of millions of chickens. The result…
July 18, 2022

Boy's Baseball Brings Big Money

MINOT — Merchants in Minot are preparing for a positive economic bump. This weekend a baseball tournament is projected to bring in half a million dollars for Minot businesses. The 2022 12U Cal Ripken State Tournament is scheduled for this weekend, July 14-17, where 12 teams of 12-year-old and under…
July 15, 2022

If These Grandstands Could Talk

“If these grandstands could talk, 75 years of great competitors and exciting stock have performed at the annual Wing Rodeo.  It takes an entire community to put on an event like this. Here we are in the heart of ag country, and it shows,” said Melanie Hertz, 20-year Wing Horse…
July 12, 2022

Gates' Land Buy Legal

MINOT – The recently approved sale of 2,100 acres of North Dakota farmland to Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the fourth richest man in the world, has drawn some ire in the state but no legal opposition.  Sen. Joan Heckaman, R-Dis. 23 and Senate Minority Leader, New Rockford, said…
July 7, 2022

Bill Gates and China Concerns

MINOT – Concerns were raised to North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring over billionaire Bill Gates and a China-based company buying farmland in North Dakota. At the Golden K Kiwanis Club meeting Wednesday, Clayton Guffey, president of the Minot Kiwanis Club and Richard Sabol, club member, raised concerns over Fufeng…
July 6, 2022

For the Farmer: Technology and the Crazy Spring of '22

This spring presented a complete array of challenges for farmers. Often when weather conditions shorten the timeline for adequate spring’s work, a farmer has to decide what stays and what goes. However, technology has helped to make things easier for farmers when the going gets tough. Farmers Edge is a…
June 28, 2022

ND High School Rodeo: Providing a future in rodeo, life

BOWMAN — Once again, high school rodeo competitors from all over the state battled the elements of tough competition and weather at the North Dakota State High School Finals held June 9-12 in Bowman. The top four finalists after state finals in each event will go on to represent North…
June 15, 2022

For the Farmer: Use Your Facebook Powers for Good, Not Evil

I’m going to complain about social media, but don’t get me wrong.  There is a lot of good that comes from social media.  First and foremost: prayers.  The good old church prayer list can be effective, but Facebook can be even more effective.  In real time.  Instantaneous prayer requests.  Right…
June 14, 2022

Bull & Bronc Riders Saddled Up in St. Anthony

ST. ANTHONY — Elite bull and bronc riders came from afar for a chance to compete, and Mosbrucker Rodeo bulls and broncs performed at top levels at the 2nd Annual Rusty’s Saloon Bulls & Broncs event on June 4th in St. Anthony. The bull riding purse was $7,500, and there…
June 7, 2022

For the Farmer: The Finish Line

You are almost there. You can see the end. It has been a late spring. It has been a condensed timeframe this spring. It has been the most stressful spring’s work season you can ever remember. However, just like in any race, keep your eye on the finish line, keep…
June 7, 2022

Horse Expo Arrives Galloping, Leaves Crowds Enlightened

MINOT — The North Dakota Horse Expo came in at a gallop and left crowds in the dust, amidst a star-studded lineup. Clinicians, demos, competitions, and horse-focused, jaw-dropping shows featuring skilled and entertaining horsemen, horsewoman, and their cast of equine partners filled the North Dakota State Fairgrounds June 3-5. Featured…
June 6, 2022

ND Leadership Breaks Ground on New Soybean Crushing Plant

JAMESTOWN — Gov. Doug Burgum, R-ND, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, an Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, joined officials from ADM and Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) at the Spiritwood Energy Park to help break ground Thursday on the Green Bison Soy Processing plant, North Dakota’s first dedicated soybean processing plant, highlighting the…
June 3, 2022

4-H Qualifying Horse Show & Open Horse Show

PARSHALL — The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC) sponsored a 4-H qualifying horse show in collaboration with the NDSU Extension Agency on Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation. “Horses help youth build lifelong leadership and relational skills. Their experiences with horses help them be successful in school and throughout their lives,” said…
June 2, 2022

Burgum Joins Bitzero Officials to Announce North Dakota as Site of Company’s North American Headquarters

FARGO — Governor Doug Burgum along with Bitzero Strategic Investor Kevin O’Leary, Bitzero CEO Akbar Shamji, and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation Chairman Mark Fox today announced North Dakota as Bitzero’s headquarters and hub for all North American operations. North Dakota emerged as the logical choice for Bitzero due to…
June 1, 2022

For the Farmer: Industry Update

While it is hard to focus on anything but the remainder of spring’s work and just trying to get through one day and on to the next, it is important to keep your eye on the next few months.  Thinking ahead about the crop you are putting in the ground…
May 31, 2022

SRT Distributes Nearly $2.4 Million in Capital Credits to its Members

MINOT — SRT Communications is pleased to announce the distribution of nearly $2.4 million in credits back to its members. In a decision made by SRT’s Board of Directors, the cooperative will be issuing checks that include a portion of the 2000 allocation and a portion of the 2021 allocation.…
May 27, 2022

ND Delegation Leads Effort to Address Impact of Excess Moisture, Help Ensure Affordable Food Supply

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakotan's Congressional Delegation of Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Representative Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), along with Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) this week led a bipartisan, bicameral effort urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to provide support and certainty to producers facing…
May 26, 2022

Enhancing Dakota Square

MINOT — Two very visible additions are underway at Dakota Square Mall. One is nearing completion while the other is in its early stages. The Target store at the northwest corner of Dakota Square has begun a major makeover and expansion. Presently dirt work is being done on two sides…
May 25, 2022

Senator Reviews Details of Phase One Row Crop Disaster Assistance with Local Producers

FARGO — Senator John Hoeven today held a roundtable discussion with local agriculture producers and commodity groups to review the details for phase one of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP). The program is funded using the $9.25 billion in row crop disaster assistance that Hoeven secured in September. Hoeven was…
May 20, 2022

Strong Winds Didn’t Slow Down High School Rodeo Competitors

BISMARCK — The strong winds this past weekend did not slow down the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) competitors. “Being a part of the NHSRA, the world’s largest rodeo association is special. I compete in the tie-down, steer wrestling & team roping. Each event is unique down to the…
May 18, 2022

For the Farmer: I Will Pray for Rain, but....

In our neck of the woods, the farm weather has been terrible since, I don’t know, 1999. If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes they say. Farmers have been waiting longer than that and the tables have not turned. Sure, the weather changed in 5 minutes just like…
May 17, 2022

Crop Disaster Assistance Signup to Begin in Late May, Assistance to Start in June

USDA to Begin Sending Pre-Filled Applications Based on Existing Crop Insurance Data to Producers WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that signup will begin in May for the $9.25 billion in…
May 16, 2022

Magic City Hoagies Moves Downtown

MINOT — Magic City Hoagies has revamped its look with a move downtown. Minot's local sandwich shop celebrated its move this week with a grand opening at its new location at 123 South Main Street. “This building spoke to me when we first moved here, we were living downtown. When…
May 12, 2022

For the Farmer: Spring Update

As of now, the farmers are all getting busy with their own final preparations for spring seeding. However, they are all wondering, “What’s everyone else doing? Is anybody going yet?” From high atop the agronomy perch here in Mohall, the answer is that there have been a few acres planted,…
May 10, 2022

Burgum Roundtable

MINOT — Friday was a busy day for Governor Burgum and his staff. Their trip to Minot started with the ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of Phase Ml-1 of the Souris River Flood Protection Project. Then it was off to a quick lunch with Senator John Hoeven and other dignitaries,…
May 7, 2022

Hoeven Presses Ag Secretary to Ensure LIP Reflects Market Rates, Send Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven this week pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to: Ensure the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) national payment rates reflect actual market rates and covers losses due to eligible diseases. This follows a roundtable discussion that Hoeven held with North Dakota livestock…
May 5, 2022

JunkAholics at It Again

MINOT — The Granville JunkAholics are at it again with their 11th annual JunkLover Vintage Market! Also known as the junk sale, the JunkLover Vintage Market is an event every spring, the first Saturday of May, which sells refurbished “junk” at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. The JunkAholics also host…
May 5, 2022

For the Farmer: "Dear Farmer... Love, your Ag Retailer"

Spring snow has delayed the planting season.  However, there is still a lot of time to get things dried out and get a crop in the ground.  No need to worry.  Farmers now have plenty of questions about availability of earlier day corn (spoiler alert, there is not any), the…
May 3, 2022

Hoeven Working to Advance Cattle Contract Library Implementation, Improve Price Transparency, Market Competition

Senator introduces ND Rancher Shelly Ziesch at Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, U.S. Senator John Hoeven urged Bruce Summers, Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), to implement the cattle contract library pilot program as soon as possible,…
April 27, 2022

North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and Foundation to Provide Blizzard Aid, Launch Disaster Relief Fund

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) and North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation (NDSF) have teamed up to support the state’s cattle ranchers who suffered significant impacts in back-to-back storms this month. First, the record-breaking statewide Blizzard Haley dumped more than 40 inches of snow in some areas and coupled it with…
April 26, 2022

For the Farmer: The Urban/Rural Divide

Not very long ago, the former Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the Washington Post called “In Farm Children, I See Virtues That One Sees Too Rarely These Days.”  In this article, he made note of the increasing divide between the urban and rural…
April 26, 2022

USDA Awards $600k to NDSU for Animal Nutrition, Reproductive Research

BISMARCK — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded North Dakota State University (NDSU) two grants totaling $600,000 to promote innovative work in nutrition and reproduction of beef cattle. $300,000 to study the impacts of providing…
April 21, 2022

For the Farmer: How to Fire Someone 101

How to Fire Somebody: A Farmer’s Guide There is a bunch of positive career development stuff on social media about how to be successful beyond your wildest dreams; how to thrive in the workplace; how to be the best salesperson; how to motivate others; how to inspire, lead and mentor.…
April 19, 2022

For the Farmer: Current Events and Your Farm in 2023

Yes, that’s right. That’s not a typo. 2023. Farmers have a lot of questions about what will happen to commodity prices and crop input prices for 2023 given that 2020-2022 has been such a roller coaster ride. The following is some very early speculation about what to expect for 2023.…
April 12, 2022

Cassidy Hjelmstad

SRT Positioned for the Future MINOT — Cassidy Hjelmstad would be the first to tell you that the SRT she joined in September of 2010 was a much different company that SRT 2022. “I look back, and I am thankful that I was able to get a job with a…
April 10, 2022

Employers, Job Seekers Meet at Job Fair

MINOT — For people looking for either a job or employees, the North Central ND Spring Job Fair was the place to be on Wednesday. Job Service North Dakota along with Minot Area Chamber EDC hosted the job fair. Susan Ogurek, the workforce center manager for Job Service ND said…
April 6, 2022

For the Farmer: Family Farm Commo

Two-way radios. Business-band radios. Cell phones. CB radios. Texting. Hand-and-arm signals when backing up the tractor to the planter. How do you talk to each other on the farm? Ok, not that communication. Good old-fashioned talking to each other on the farm communication. Families that farm together, that run the…
April 5, 2022

North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Fills Brand Inspection, Recording Positions

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) has made three recent hirings in its brand inspection and brand recording programs, NDSA Brand Board Chairman Shane Anderson, a rancher from Towner, N.D., announced this week. Clint Hecker of Arnegard, N.D., was hired as the NDSA’s at-large deputy brand inspector. His…
April 4, 2022

Landowner Easement Rights Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven, introduced the Landowner Easement Rights Act with Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD). This bill will prohibit the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) from entering into a conservation easement with a term of more than 50 years. It…
April 4, 2022

Riding into Minot

MINOT — “Rodeo Minot is an awesome opportunity to keep rodeo and performance horse jackpots alive during the winter. This event keeps it local and keeps our industry thriving,” Kalsey Kronberg, roping announcer/secretary from Keene stated. Korral Supply hosted its 2nd Annual ‘Shootout’ Open Ladies Breakaway Roping and Team Roping…
April 4, 2022

Livestock Disaster Assistance Payments to Producers Start Next Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin sending livestock disaster assistance payments next week. USDA today released details on phase one of the Emergency Livestock Relief Program (ELRP), which is funded from the $750 million that Hoeven secured in September…
March 31, 2022

For the Farmer: “The Road Greater”

It is March Madness! What do basketball referees and County Motor Grader Operators have in common? They are both out there going back and forth and have lots of angry people criticizing the job they are doing. There is nobody pulling them aside to say “Hey, splendid work! We are…
March 29, 2022

Scheels Set to Open in New Location in July

MINOT — Scheels in Minot is getting ready to open in a new area of the Dakota Square Mall. Scheels will be completely moving as opposed to expanding, as the two spots the store currently resides in will be empty when it moves. Veronica Corey, with the Scheels social media,…
March 23, 2022

For the Farmer: Industry Update

Current Events By now, everyone knows the direct effects of the war in Ukraine on our agricultural way of life here in rural North Dakota.  The war is an unfortunate situation for the people of Ukraine.  Imagine yourself in their shoes. I pray for God to be near to them…
March 22, 2022

Carbon Capture Pipeline: The Taxpayer's Side

The Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS) carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) project, slated to create 2000 miles of pipeline, is projected to cost $4.5 billion. With so much opposition from landowners and environmentalists, some may be surprised at how quickly the project is projected to move forward. Vice President of…
March 16, 2022

Back Talk: SoftWave Technology Gaining Recognition

MINOT — Cornerstone Chiropractic has a new form of treatment for patients, SoftWave, that uses sound waves to stimulate blood flow and bring healing stem cells to areas that have been the source of chronic pain. The SoftWave unit is the first of its kind in the Minot area. Getting…
March 15, 2022

For the Farmer: The Finest American Crop

My dad wrote this for the Minot, North Dakota Rotary Club newsletter – “The Prairie Flower.” It was March 18th, 1999. 23 years ago, almost to the day. It provides a neat historical perspective on how far farming has advanced, how it is still much the same, and what is…
March 15, 2022

ND Delegation: DOT Orders Skywest to Fulfill EAS Contract, Continue Serving Jamestown & Devils Lake

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an order requiring that SkyWest Airlines continue the level of service required under its Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts, including in Jamestown and Devils Lake,…
March 14, 2022

Rodeo Minot: Success Comes from Behind the Chutes

For ten days in April, All Seasons Arena in Minot trades in ice for dirt. The dust, the mud, the broncs, and the bulls show up April 1-10, bringing action-packed rodeos and performance horse events including: equine clinics, team roping and the fastest horses in the region attending the ‘High…
March 13, 2022

Group Revitalizing Mohall's Main Street

MOHALL — Every small-town area resident would like to see the successful revitalization of Main Street.  As time marches on, parts of our rural towns slowly fade away. There are abandoned buildings on main street that are now empty and left only as the subject of stories told to the youngest…
March 11, 2022

Bones BBQ a Family Tradition

From Father to Son MINOT — It’s right in the wheelhouse of a tire guy. No arguing that. Jerome Lundeen, founder of flavor favorite Bones Barbeque Smokehouse and Grill, has handed the reins to his son, Jarid, owner of Tires Plus. Huh? What does a tire guy know about the…
March 9, 2022

Carbon Capture Pipeline: The Environmentalists' Side

The carbon capture pipeline that Summit Carbon Solutions plans to build across five Midwest states  seems on its face to be an environmentalist's dream come true. It promises to capture and store millions of tons of carbon dioxide — a major component of greenhouse gases. When it first begins operation,…
March 8, 2022

For the Farmer: What’s in your water?

In the realm of making improvements to your farming practices, there are certain topics that you read about all the time. For example: what the newest and greatest herbicides are this year, what seed traits are the best fit for your acres, new planting equipment technology, and software you should…
March 8, 2022

Carbon Capture Pipeline: The Farmer's Side of the Story

By all accounts the proposed carbon capture pipeline that Summit Carbon Solutions plans to build through five states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa) will have a positive impact on North Dakota's economy, agriculture, and the environment. It promises to create more than 14,000 construction jobs in the…
March 4, 2022

Carbon Capture Project Comes to North Dakota

CASSELTON — Governor Doug Burgum held a joint press conference today in Casselton with other industry leaders to announce a strategic investment plan for a carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project. Summit Carbon Solutions of Iowa plans to build a 2000 mile long pipeline with 325 miles of pipeline…
March 2, 2022

Vision Zero Teams Up with Local Businesses

Click It for Coffee to encourage safe driving MINOT — Vision Zero announced during the Ward County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, that it will be partnering with local businesses this year to reduce distractive driving. Vision Zero is a North Dakota Department of Transportation strategy aimed at preventing fatalities and…
March 2, 2022

For the Farmer: False Motivation

The definition of “False Motivation” is buying into the illusion that you're content with someone or something in hopes that eventually you really will be. In the realm of business career advice, I’ve heard the phrase, “If you don’t like what you are doing, then find something else. Life is…
March 1, 2022

The Tracks Development Coming to Minot

MINOT — EPIC Companies plans to build its largest mixed-use development project called The Tracks here in Minot, filled with commercial spaces and residencies, across from the new Trinity Hospital. EPIC, a real estate investing and development company in Fargo, has already completed some projects in Minot such as Beaver…
February 25, 2022

For the Farmer: ND Farm Bureau President responds to allegations and explains what the Farm Bureau is doing to close the urban-rural divide

If you are a farmer and you have not seen the recent New York Times Opinion online videos demonizing farmers, then your blood pressure is likely still at a reasonable level. If you have seen them, and you work in agriculture like I do, your blood pressure is probably through…
February 22, 2022

For the Farmer: Roundup Force Majeure

You know how the White House Press Secretary’s office sometimes does the political stunt of dropping big news late on a Friday when everyone is going into the weekend? Usually at that time, everybody wants to get out of there and nobody really cares, right? Well, Bayer Crop Science, the…
February 15, 2022

ND Cowboy Hall of Fame Lopes into another Eventful Year

MEDORA — “The North Dakota Hall of Fame (NDCHF) has become a major highlight of North Dakota with the cowboy way of life coming back strongly throughout the country. The hall has set record numbers this past year as far as viewers visiting the hall itself and interest across the…
February 9, 2022

Hoeven Leads Bicameral Effort Supporting Access to Credit for Farmers & Ranchers

WASHINGTON, D.C — Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., this week led a bicameral effort pressing the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to continue supporting agriculture producers’ access to credit. In a letter to NCUA Chairman Todd Harper, Hoeven and his colleagues questioned language included in the NCUA’s Draft Strategic Plan that…
February 8, 2022

For the Farmer

Promoting Agriculture This past weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to our nation’s capital – Washington, D.C.  Being out east, I had the chance to reconnect with some old friends and meet new ones.  A trip like this always offers the opportunity to talk to big city folks about…
February 8, 2022

Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Ease Export Shipping Backlogs

Farmers, other exporters need access to shipping containers WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., along with Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., John Thune, R-S.D., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., this week introduced the Ocean Shipping Reform Act in the Senate. This bipartisan legislation would update federal regulations for the global shipping…
February 4, 2022

USDA to Begin Sending Out Livestock Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to begin providing phase one of livestock disaster assistance payments by March. According to USDA, phase one will: Use existing Livestock Forage Program (LFP) data. Require no or minimal additional paperwork from producers. Distribute at least half of the…
February 3, 2022

For the Farmer

Ag Expo Recap “Did you learn anything at the Ag Show?”  A common question to commence the small talk and maybe pry a little if you were not able to make it to Minot any of those three days.  Now that the KMOT Ag Expo in Minot has come and…
February 1, 2022

Dakota Hope Clinic Continues to Grow

MINOT — The Dakota Hope Clinic received additional funding this past week from the St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation’s Twice Blessed program, which matches donors’ contributions given to preapproved organizations. [The Dakotan link] Dakota Hope Clinic is a charitable outreach ministry formed to provide care, support, and education related to…
January 29, 2022

Williston Attracts Massive Project

$1.9 Billion Data Center Underway  WILLISTON — What is expected to rank as perhaps the most extensive project of its kind in the world is under construction just west of here.  Governor Doug Burgum made the official announcement this week during a press conference held at the Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative…
January 27, 2022

Keeping the Heart of America Beating

RUGBY — The aging Heart of America medical facility is reaching the ends of its lifespan. The expense of maintaining much of the structure has disrupted the economic feasibility of the largest employer in the community.  “We’re paying upkeep on the old facility and upkeep is ridiculously expensive,” said Greg…
January 26, 2022

Refurbishing Downtown Minot

Dining, Drinks, and Golf at Whiskey Nine   MINOT — It is a stunning addition to a previously overlooked location in the city. The marvelous décor is captivating. It is both old and new, a remarkable and inviting combination.   Welcome to Whiskey Nine — food, drinks, and golf on the big…
January 25, 2022

KMOT Ag Expo Preview

This year’s expo to feature exciting, innovative technology from John Deere  MINOT — Every year in this region of the state, farmers have a benchmark on their calendar for doing business planning for the new year. That benchmark is the KMOT Ag Expo in Minot. The annual ag show is traditionally…
January 25, 2022

For the Farmer

INDUSTRY UPDATE  A farmer’s best tool is information.  With the farm show season in full swing, the KMOT Ag Expo kicks off this week in Minot and farmers will come equipped to quiz equipment dealers, agronomy centers, seed dealers, grain marketers, and all sorts of other industry reps on what…
January 25, 2022

Flea Market Makeover

New Ownership, New Name  MINOT — There’s been a change of ownership in town. The long-running Magic City Flea Market is now the Dakota Flea Market.  Gar Wiedrich, Rolla, recently completed the purchase of the Magic City Flea Market. In addition to changing the name, he says he hopes to…
January 22, 2022

Covering the Country

Rugby Manufacturing a U.S. Leader  RUGBY — From the geographical center of North America to all regions of North America, Rugby Manufacturing is making its mark. In the process, proudly promoting their impressive line of products.  The company that started small in 1969 has grown to, according to its website,…
January 20, 2022

Finding an Unlikely Niche 

Serving Chinese from a Livestock Barn  RUGBY–It is out of the ordinary. No question about that. And people love it.  Monday nights have been surprisingly busy at the Rugby Livestock Auction. Not for a parade of livestock presented to potential buyers, but for Chinese food.  Chinese food from a Livestock…
January 19, 2022

For the Farmer

A Cohesive Partnership Between Oil and Agriculture ANTLER—What is the big deal about saltwater spills on the ground every now and then?  It naturally comes from the earth, and it cannot hurt anything, right?  Wrong.  Once this type of water spills, it has an immediate, negative impact on the ground. …
January 18, 2022

Serving the Rugby Region

Coffee Cottage Café under new ownership RUGBY—There has always been good reason for people to frequent the Coffee Cottage Café -- tasty baked goods, great food, cozy atmosphere, fresh brewed coffee, wonderful friends. Now, under new ownership, those expectations will continue.  Crystal Wangler took possession of the building housing the…
January 17, 2022

Minot Gospel-Teaching Radio Station Going Full Power 

Receives FCC permit to increase from 46 W to 100 kW  MINOT—A gospel-teaching radio station based in Minot may experience a significant power boost in the coming years.  KFLK 95.9 FM (“The Flock”) received an FCC permit on Dec. 29, 2021, to build a new full-power radio station. The new…
January 12, 2022

For the Farmer

Tribute to a National Farm Leader This past month, we lost a lifelong fighter for the family farmer.  Kelly Shockman of rural Grand Rapids, North Dakota, passed away on Dec. 11, 2021.  He was 96 years old.  He died at home on the farm, surrounded by family.  Kelly was born…
January 11, 2022

Fertilizer Prices High

Increased Cost Ahead of Planting Season  MINOT—The rising price of fertilizer has many producers faced with the reality of the increased cost of growing a crop this year. There is also concern about whether supply can meet demand.   Many crop producers applied or purchased fertilizer in the fall of 2021.…
January 6, 2022

Coal Creek Receives Approval for Transmission Line Permit

Approval allows sale to Rainbow Energy to be finalized The Minnesota Public Utility Commission unanimously approved the transfer of Coal Creek Station’s high-voltage direct current transmission line permit from Great River Energy (GRE) to Nexus Line, LLC, a subsidiary of Rainbow Energy Center LLC on Thursday. This marks the completion…
January 6, 2022

Quiet Zone Project Puts Minot Business in a Bind 

MINOT—The City Council addressed a Quiet Zone Project on Monday, Jan. 3, that could leave some downtown business owners in a bind. Leonard Niess, longtime owner of Niess Impressions, says he believes that he will no longer have access to his loading dock if the project goes through as planned.…
January 5, 2022

Snowpack Needed in Region

Welcome Boost for Spring Moisture  There’s plenty of value to that snow on the ground. While no one enjoys shoveling it, or getting a vehicle stuck in it, it does have its importance. Namely, a source of soil moisture next spring.  Sure, it’s somewhat annoying to have to store all…
January 3, 2022

Magic City Magic

Where Dreams Come True  MINOT—For Christine Staley, there’s always been “Magic” in Minot. She and her husband moved to Minot in 2013 leaving her TV Production career and beloved Miami Beach behind. “Miami is known as the other magic city” according to Christine. However, “I always tell people that I came from one magic city to…
January 2, 2022

Restoring Community History 

Maddock Opera House City Showpiece  MADDOCK – The building had fallen into disrepair, an eyesore destined to become another casualty of time and neglect, common to early day structures in rural communities across North Dakota. Many have long since disappeared, gone to rubble, taking a slice of history with them.  Built in 1905 and once a proud focal point on this city’s Main Street, the Maddock Opera House had long outlived its…
January 2, 2022

Producers Forced to Make Tough Decisions in 2021

North Dakota Ranchers' Resilience Tested ST. ANTHONY—The prevailing task at the Ellingson ranch this summer, as with most ranches across the state and nation, was water and combatting the drought. The Ellingson crew laid five new miles of pipeline, installed 13 new tanks and renovated an abandoned well to keep…
December 31, 2021

Challenges for 2022

The lingering agronomic issue from 2021: drought hangover MOHALL—2022 is upon us, and farmers cannot afford to sit back and wait to see what happens for this coming year.  It is true nobody knows what the weather will bring in the new year, but we do know what it brought last year (or what it didn’t bring – rain).  It was dry in 2021. …
December 31, 2021

Tractor Supply Company Moves Location 

MINOT—Tractor Supply Company, a retail chain store in Minot, has recently moved locations from 1325 S Broadway to 900 21st Ave SE.   The store’s assistant manager Scott Graff explained, “The building was kind of coming down around us. It was leaking water, it was leaning. The structure wasn’t safe.” Graff said another…
December 29, 2021

For the Farmer

Roundup MOHALL—Unfortunately, in our society today, if you say something enough or the major media sources say something enough, it becomes true in the minds of many people.  This has proven true because for some reason, one of the safest pesticides in the history of the planet, glyphosate (the chemical ingredient name of Roundup) has been villainized.  Glyphosate was discovered in…
December 28, 2021

Job Service Offers Assistance to Outlying Communities

TIOGA—Job Service North Dakota, Williston branch, doesn’t only serve the Williston area but also extends its services to a few other outlying communities. Currently, the communities of Watford City and Tioga receive these outreach services provided by Job Service. The days set aside for these events are dubbed Watford City Wednesdays (meeting the first and…
December 24, 2021

Dakota Square Mall Thriving During Christmas

MINOT—Dakota Square Mall has been bustling with activity in the past few weeks, as both businesses and shoppers make their last preparations before Christmas.  Many businesses within the mall appear to be thriving, despite online shopping growing in its efficiency and popularity.   “We can bring in like 2600 [customers] on a Saturday,”…
December 22, 2021

For the Farmer

Stand your ground when talking to non-farmers this holiday season MOHALL—Here in rural North Dakota, agriculture is a big part of our way of life. It is our life. Our state is the nation’s number one producer of many crops.  According to recent reports from the United States Department of Agriculture,“North Dakota led…
December 21, 2021

Thrift Store Thriving in Kenmare

Kenmare Closet celebrates one year of growth and success  KENMARE—One business truly can make a difference in a community.   Until just a year ago, if you lived in Kenmare or much of the surrounding area, you might have to drive for 45-90 minutes in order to find a secondhand store to pick up a hand-me-down…
December 15, 2021

For the Farmer

Rethink your plan for 2022 MOHALL—As farmers have already been making many preparations for the 2022 season, we are finding out that while 2021 was a unique year, 2022 will be a challenging one as well. The first thing we know is that we cannot go into 2022 thinking that we will just…
December 14, 2021

Pride of Dakota Sets New Record 

Thousands shop local   Bismarck—Shoppers of local and North Dakota-made products broke records this past weekend at the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase in the Bismarck Events Center, Dec. 3-5.    Pride of Dakota Specialist Katie Huizenga said that Friday night’s shopper turnout of more than 4,600 was the highest turnout of any Pride of Dakota showcase in history. The final weekend tally showed 14,400 people passed through…
December 6, 2021

High-Tech Indoor Golf Experience Comes to Minot

X-Golf provides cutting-edge golf simulator technology MINOT—With winter weather right around the corner, many golfers may see no other option than to put away their bags until spring rolls around again. But the arrival of X-Golf brings the latest in indoor golf experience to Minot and the surrounding area.   According to Silas Sneed, franchise…
December 2, 2021

Record-Breaking Home Sales in Minot Area

MINOT — The real estate market in Minot and nearby has already experienced a record-breaking year in 2021, not even counting the last two months of the year.   According to Beth Mayer, Association Executive for the Minot Multiple Listing Service and Minot Board of Realtors, there have been 1,124 single family homes—including condos and…
November 30, 2021

Workforce Development Classes Offered in Tioga

TIOGA--Tioga and surrounding area residents have the opportunity to be taking part in specially designed workforce development classes offered by University of Mary. The monthly classes began in June and run through December. They are being offered in conjunction with the Tioga Economic Development Council (EDC) for the reduced cost…
November 19, 2021

Dot’s Pretzels Purchased by Hershey

Part of $1.2 billion deal VELVA – A product developed by Dorothy Henke in her home kitchen more than 10 years ago is now part of a $1.2-billion acquisition by food giant Hershey. Another pretzel maker, Pretzels Inc., is included in the deal.  Dot’s Pretzel’s made a meteoric rise on the snack market, eventually growing…
November 10, 2021

Shortages Evident Throughout the State

Supply slow for many consumer goods The supply shortage for a variety of goods is becoming increasingly evident in Minot and throughout the state. More and more shoppers are dealing with the frustration of not being able to find what they are looking for. Retailers too are dealing with the same issues—it’s just darn tough to get products they want to put…
November 3, 2021

Doc Holliday's Roadhouse

A Taste of History in Williston Some places you just can’t drive past. Doc Holliday’s Roadhouse in Williston is certainly one of them. No question about it. Hungry, thirsty, or just plain find frontier history to your liking? You will get your fix at Doc Holliday’s and come back for…
November 2, 2021
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