Avian Influenza Confirmed in LaMoure County Flock
Posted by KSJB News on 4/24/2015 11:02:00 AM.
BISMARCK, N.D. – (Michelle Mielke for NDDA) - The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in LaMoure County, North Dakota.

Kulm Teens Injured in Accident
Posted by KSJB News on 4/24/2015 8:54:00 AM.
KULM, ND - The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports five young people from the Kulm area were injured in a single-vehicle accident on Thursday afternoon.

States Attorney: Officer and Deputy Will Not be Charged
Posted by KSJB News on 4/24/2015 7:39:00 AM.

JAMESTOWN – Stutsman County states attorney Fritz Fremgen says a Jamestown Police officer and a Stutsman County Sheriff's deputy will not face any charges following an incident in which they discharged their weapons.

Fire Danger Rating Improves for Friday
Posted by KSJB News on 4/24/2015 5:50:00 AM.
For April 24:  The Fire Danger Rating for Dickey County is Low.  The rating for Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Kidder, Stutsman, Barnes, Logan, LaMoure and McIntosh is Moderate.

Work on Britton, SD Railway and Grain Terminal Progressing
Posted by KSJB News on 4/22/2015 9:18:00 PM.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation and Dakota, Missouri Valley and Western Railroad are moving forward with millions of dollars in rail upgrades to the state-owned Britton Line in northeastern South Dakota as part of improvements coming with a new roughly $32 million grain terminal near Britton.

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