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$5M in federal funds will support training for crude-by-rail safety, incident response

Dozens of N.D. first-responders registered for classes at Colorado training center
BISMARCK, N.D. – Officials say a $5 million injection of federal funds announced Tuesday will provide training for hundreds of first-responders in how to deal with dangerous incidents on the nation’s railroads, including oil-by-rail mishaps like the fiery derailment that shook Casselton, N.D., in December.

Higher ed board to mull tighter admission standards

New plan would pull back on Shirvani-era admission proposal, set broad goals
BISMARCK, N.D. – The state Board of Higher Education is likely to approve a new strategic plan for the North Dakota University System on Thursday, a step that took more than six months of study with help from an outside consultant. The board has made an effort to distinguish its new strategic plan from the Pathways proposal of former Chancellor Hamid Shirvani, which controversially called for strict admission standards many current students wouldn’t have met.

Mott man charged with sexually abusing stepdaughter

Gonzales faces life in prison
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A Mott man will go to trial next month for allegedly sexually abusing his stepdaughter eight years ago. Albert Gonzales, 31, faces life in prison if convicted of Class AA felony continuous sexual abuse of a child. He was charged in March for alleged actions in 2006 and 2007, starting when the girl was 9, according to court documents.

Coalition to draw attention to broad opposition to Measure 5

BISMARCK, N.D. – Opponents of Measure 5 will flex their political muscle in North Dakota’s largest cities Wednesday, highlighting the number of state lawmakers, local elected officials and business leaders fighting the Nov. 4 ballot measure that would establish a conservation fund with oil tax revenue.

Devils Lake dress code causes stir

District gets national attention over presentation of clothing guidelines
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Devils Lake High School dress code policy that inflamed some parents and students this week was only intended to reiterate appropriate clothing for school, said Superintendent Scott Privratsky. The district’s dress code requiring yoga pants, leggings or tights to be “appropriately covered by other clothing” is the subject of some online talk after TV news segments aired Monday night and news and gossip blog Gawker picked up on the item.

Vilsack announces ARC, PLC updates

Crop farm owners may begin updating their yield history and reallocating base acres at their local Farm Service Agency county offices for the new farm program Sept. 29, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Sept. 24 during an event at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus and in a national call to reporters.

Joint objective: Wet corn could provide rare common ground for farmers, ranchers

What’s good for corn farmers is usually bad for cattle producers, and vice versa. But this fall will be different if Upper Midwest farmers, as expected, harvest a large amount of high-moisture corn. “There looks to be a win-win situation where the corn producers and cattle guys can work together,” says Vern Anderson, semi-retired animal scientist with the Carrington (N.D.) Research Extension Service.

Farmers struggle with wet grain

Farmers struggle with wet grain

NDSU ag engineer addresses concerns
FARGO, N.D. — Ken Hellevang, a North Dakota State University Extension Service ag engineer, is helping farmers sharpen their pencils on how to handle stored small grains and whether to leave corn crops in the field. A lot of high-moisture grain is going into high-temperature drying and a lot of wheat is going into air bins. “The unfortunate thing is we’re late enough and we’ve been damp enough that just with the fan heat, we may not be able to get that wheat down to the moisture content we want for marketing,” Hellevang says. “We’ve had a couple of nice weeks helping us out, but the long-range forecast is a chance for more showers. It’ll be a little about what Mother Nature chooses to give us.”


More room at the state mill: Expansion to create largest milling operation in the U.S.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Agriculture officials and wheat producers are welcoming a planned expansion to the North Dakota Mill and Elevator in Grand Forks. The $27 million expansion, approved by the North Dakota Industrial Commission in mid-September, is the result of increased demand from customers, mill officials said. The addition will increase its capacity by 11,500 hundredweight of flour produced per day to roughly 49,500 hundredweight, making it the largest single milling operation in the country, said Vance Taylor, the mill’s president and general manager.

3M adds a digital side to the low-tech Post-It Note

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- It’s a tried-and-true low-tech office-brainstorming strategy: Festooning a wall or whiteboard with a constellation of interrelated and inscribed Post-it Notes to develop and test Big Ideas. Now 3M is taking this approach into the digital realm with a new Apple iOS app, Post-it Plus, that lets the members of those brainstorming sessions take those notes with them. Post-it Plus incorporates a camera-scanning function that captures those physical notes as a group and makes them virtual. Once transferred to an iPhone or iPad, the notes can be shifted around on the device screen, much like the physical ones, while kept together in a virtual “board.”

Featured Staff Blogs BISON MEDIA BLOG
A Tremendous Trio
Saturday marks the start of the conference season for NDSU and with it, a milestone for three of NDSU's defensive stalwarts. Kyle Emanuel, Travis Beck and Christian Dudzik will each play in their 50th...
10/2/14 at 1:07 AM UND HOCKEY
VIDEO: Take a tour of UND's new facilities
Here's a video tour of the new UND men's hockey locker room and team area. I apologize for my poor narrating skills. I have no Dateline career in my future. Check the story, photos and video tour her...
The toughest job in agriculture?
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10/1/14 at 10:08 AM OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK
Duluth city deer hunt harvest up slightly so far
After the first two weeks of Duluths city bow hunt for deer, hunters had registered 107 deer, according to the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance. Of those, 103 were antlerless deer. Last year at the same ...
9/30/14 at 2:22 PM ASTRO BOB
Fall color by satellite
I thought the fall colors were spectacular in northern Minnesota this week until I saw the view from 440 miles up taken by NASA's Earth observationTerra satellite. Michigan's Upper Peninsula is on f...
9/30/14 at 11:00 AM

Featured Area Voices UND NEWS
UND’s Jane Croeker honored for excellence in public service by North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple
Jane Croeker, director of health and wellness promotion at the University of North Dakota, recently was among a handful of state employees to receive the North Dakota Governors Award for Excellence ...
10/1/14 at 4:59 PM NDSU NEWS
English education graduate to teach in Turkey under Fulbright program
Emily Grenz, BS 14, English education and history, travels to Turkey this fall. Thats when she will begin a nine-month stint teaching English to first- and second-year university students. Grenz ...
Fast Facts about Social Security
Did you know that 65% of aged beneficiaries received at least half of their income from Social Security in 2012 or that 55% of adult Social Security beneficiaries in 2013 were women? Fast Facts &...
Lihamurekepiiras—Finnish Meat Loaf in Sour Cream Pastry
Many years ago our niece Gina and her husband gave us a little spiral-bound cookbook, Fine Finnish Foods. Compiled by Gerry Kangas of Palo, Minnesota and published in 1988, it is still in print and ...
Start Seeing Light in the World Instead of Darkness
Have you ever noticed that when you get something stuck in your mind you start seeing it everywhere? When I gave up drinking, every billboard I drove past for at least a month was advertising some sor...
9/27/14 at 7:09 AM