This weekend, residents throughout the region will head out to their lawns, fields and gardens for much-needed spring mowing, seeding and fertilizing. They will join Americans across the country, who spend about $40 billion on lawn care each year. But lawn care is never as simple as pushing a mower and expecting grass to stay green and plentiful. Weeds, pests and preventable human errors can add up to an ugly lawn.
BEACH -- After being unable to stop his truck, a Colorado man was injured after hitting another vehicle and overturning his own Thursday evening about 10 miles north of Beach. According to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report, Ricardo Trevizo III, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado south on Highway 16 at about 7:33 p.m., and soon found himself unable to stop.
WATFORD CITY -- A Huson, Mont., woman died after her vehicle swerved in front of an oncoming semi truck and trailer near Watford City on Thursday morning, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report. Vicki Lunn, 54, was traveling north in her 1987 Toyota 4Runner on Highway 85 at about 11 a.m. near mile marker 142. Elliot Ginn, 55, of Phoenix, was driving a 2008 Kenworth semi hauling gravel with passenger Edward Fries, 56, of Ocean Shores, Wash.
Fieldwork has been delayed even further as cool, wet weather has persisted statewide, but farmers are working hard to meet crop planting insurance deadlines. Producers are taking advantage of every dry day they can get, spending long days in the field this week. Lucas Hoff of Richardton said he was busy on Thursday finishing planting peas, though the insurance deadline for them has already passed. “There’s a challenge to chase the clock because things have been slow-going,” Hoff said. Only 1.6 days were suitable for fieldwork last week, according to the latest North Dakota crop progress an
BOWMAN — Construction on Bowman County’s new $14 million airport is continuing on schedule — projected for completion in spring 2015 — while county officials mull the purchase of the current airport’s property. “Hopefully Mother Nature cooperates right now, because we’re doing well,” said Rodney Schaaf, a pilot and president of the Bowman County Airport Authority. Crews are persisting with dirt work and building an on-site, portable cement plant, Schaaf said.
HETTINGER - Leaders here hope to gradually turn their town’s abandoned National Guard armory into a popular community center — hosting more dances, sports events and wedding receptions.
Ranchers from southwest North Dakota with “burning” questions for the U.S. Forest Service will get the chance to discuss concerns with its top leader at the end of the month. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., will host a roundtable discussion with Forestry Service Chief Tom Tidwell in Dickinson on Friday, May 30. The Strom Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host the roundtable discussion, which will begin at 10:30 a.m.
A new addition to the Water Resources Development Act would stop North Dakotans from being charged extra for Missouri River reservoir water by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said state residents and businesses have a legal right to the water in the river and its six main reservoirs, including Lake Sakakawea.
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., decried U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during an energy debate on Tuesday for stopping a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline project. On Monday, Reid did not allow a vote on the controversial project after Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan energy efficiency bill supported by the White House.
NEW ENGLAND — After a celebrated 30-year career, partially devoted to teaching children about the joys of the tropical rainforest, New England Elementary School teacher Judy Johnson is retiring — reluctantly. “I could have retired several years ago, but I just didn’t want to,” the third-grade teacher said with a smile. Johnson became known in New England for decorating her classroom to resemble a rainforest during the last quarter of the year.