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BISMARCK — To get distilled water in North Dakota State University’s Harris Hall, one must first make sure no one is using the men’s bathroom. Then, the water has to be hauled from the distillation system — housed awkwardly in the bathroom — to wherever it is needed. The process, besides being inefficient and uncomfortable, exposes the water to contaminants.
FARGO — Abbi Steeke may not have walked away with a state basketball championship or a state 4-H livestock judging championship this year. But she certainly demonstrated how to be a champion multi-tasker. Steeke, of Rhame, was on the Hettinger-Scranton team that competed in the North Dakota Class B basketball tournament held in Grand Forks Feb. 28-March 2. But before her team played its last game March 2, she drove to Fargo to compete in the state 4-H livestock judging contest.
MONANGO, N.D. — Mark Wagner has memories of the April 1997 storm that hit North Dakota, and he’s heard all about the 1966 storm before he was born that took lives, both human and livestock. He thinks the blizzard of March 2019 might go down in history with those past events.
BISMARCK— North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill to define meat and prohibit deceptive marketing of cell-cultured products that mimic meat. House Bill 1400 had passed both chambers of the North Dakota Legislature, with only one dissenting vote in each chamber. The Legislature also passed a companion to the bill, House Concurrent Resolution 3024, which urges Congress to take similar actions to differentiate meat from lab-produced, meat-like products.
What I’ve learned so far in 2019 is that the Upper Midwest is not the place for secret family recipes. You may recall my column from a few months back about my quest to get my knoephla soup to resemble that of the cafe at Napoleon Livestock, my husband’s favorite version of the German soup that is popular in North Dakota. After my column ran, I learned how much people here love to share their family pride through their cooking. I didn’t keep track of how many recipes I received, but suffice it to say that I haven’t had time to try them all.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — When the North Dakota Farmers Union wanted to commission Paul Jr. Designs to build a custom motorcycle celebrating family farming, President Mark Watne called the company and left a voicemail describing the potential project. He hadn’t heard back about 15 days later and assumed it probably had been a long shot that wouldn’t go anywhere. Watne was near Tower City, N.D., en route to the airport in Fargo when he got a call from a “strange number” and a person identifying himself as “Paul.”
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Precision agriculture experts talk about a lot of possibilities for technology in agriculture. Things such as sensors for irrigation and plant health could help farmers keep on top of their crops and stretch their resources. But in many places, implementing such technologies will take something farmers have no control over — the availability of fixed or mobile broadband connections.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House on Wednesday, Feb. 20, agreed to expand the kinship requirement of the state's anti-corporate farming law to include second cousins. House Bill 1388 passed in a 62-30 vote and now moves to the Senate. State law prevents corporations and limited liability companies from owning or leasing farm or ranch land and from “engaging in the business of farming or ranching,” with some exceptions. The bill would expand requirements that shareholders or members be related to each other to include second cousins.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 19, passed a bill that would update the state’s laws on entering private property — a top issue for the state’s agriculture groups. Sen. Larry Luick, R-Fairmount, introduced amendments to Senate Bill 2315 as well as the bill itself. Efforts to change the state’s posting requirements and strengthen private property rights have come up in at least the past eight legislative sessions, he said.
ST. ANTHONY, N.D. — Kelly Schaff had high expectations for SAV America 8018. But he had no idea the bull would end up being the record highest-selling beef bull of all time, nearly doubling the price of the previous high-selling bull. Schaff Angus Valley on Saturday, Feb. 9, sold SAV America 8018 to Herbster Angus Farms of Falls City, Neb., for $1.51 million.