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I took a photo last Christmas that I love, one that will be used to tease my younger daughter for years on end. While Reanna, then 5, sits cross-legged with a happy, though sleepy smile on her face, Kennedy, then about three weeks shy of 2 years old, is clutching a stuffed raccoon in the crook of her elbow, pudgy fingers pressed to her cheeks. The fact that she’s not awake enough to brave the flash of my camera or to be sat down on the living room floor is obvious in the glare pointed directly at me.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The former manager of the now-dissolved Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator will be on electronic monitoring pending further actions in a federal criminal case filed against him on Monday, Dec. 3. Jerome “Jerry” Hennessey, 56, made an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Katherine Menendez on Dec. 4.
WASHINGTON — House and Senate ag committee leaders on Thursday say they have “reached an agreement in principle” on a farm bill.
WASHINGTON — U.S. senators are introducing legislation to try to limit whether the president can use national security as a reason to impose tariffs without the approval of Congress. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is the primary sponsor of the bill and offered it even after President Donald Trump tried to dissuade him from doing so. The Trump administration last week announced steel and aluminum tariffs on many U.S. allies, including Mexico, Canada, and the European Union, claiming the tariffs were for national security reasons.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — When people think of precision agriculture, they often think of autosteer, variable-rate seeding, satellites or drones. But when Ryan Heiniger heard about AgSolver's Profit Zone Manager, he thought of conservation. It was 2015 when Heiniger read in the Iowa Soybean Association newsletter about the data platform, which looks at profitability at a sub-field level. "And that lightbulb just went on," he said.
WASHINGTON — The Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity has presented President Donald Trump with a report on ways to improve life in rural areas. Trump on April 25, 2017, established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity through an executive order. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was made chairman of the group, which then held listening sessions and took comments through an online portal.
STEELE, N.D. — When the Steele Volunteer Fire Department had to respond to a crash involving a truck pulling a livestock trailer a few years back, things were a little chaotic. "Nobody knew what to do," said Joel Dewitz, a cattle producer and volunteer fireman. The crash happened about half an hour before dark. "We weren't smart enough to get our lighting set up in advance to take on the dark." First responders also didn't realize what they'd need to respond to the crash — like chains, ropes, corral panels and saws to cut through aluminum trailers.
FARGO — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a list of the states most likely to be negatively affected if the U.S. withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement, placing North Dakota at third, behind only Michigan and Wisconsin. Rounding out the list were Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Arizona, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. North Dakota's position on the list sounds about right to officials in the North Dakota Trade Office.
MEDINA, N.D. — Around 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 29, a semi pulled into Diamond W Feeds and started unloading. "That's some of our first product," manager Kenny Hoffer said. The delivery was a big deal for a feed store that hasn't been able to make feed in its own location for nearly a year.
Not long after my older daughter learned her colors, she assigned names to our vehicles: My Ford Escape was "Reddy," and my old Ford Escape that had become my husband's farm car was "Whitey." My husband bought a pickup she donned "Bluey." And when I traded "Reddy" in on a Honda CR-V, the new vehicle became "Bluey-Greeny." This has been going on for a few years, and, despite her now expansive imagination and vocabulary, the names have stuck. There's only one problem: Bluey-Greeny more often than not should be called "Tanny" or "Brownie" or, if we get away from the colors, "Grimy."