Valley City Man Charged with Threatening City Commissioner
Posted by KSJB News on 9/30/2016 12:04:00 PM.
VALLEY CITY, ND (AP) - A man who spearheaded an unsuccessful effort in Valley City to disband the local police department is accused of threatening a city commissioner.

Leads Still Sought in Wishek Homicide from 1993
Posted by KSJB News on 9/30/2016 10:19:00 AM.
WISHEK, ND (AP) - A reward is being offered in the case of two people who went missing 23 years ago while on their way to a North Dakota farm.

Downtown Jamestown City Parking Lots Closing Saturday
Posted by KSJB News on 9/30/2016 8:47:00 AM.


JAMESTOWN –(Nancy Harty) - The Jamestown City Engineer's Office says beginning tomorrow morning, Saturday - October 1, the downtown City parking lots will be closed for striping maintenance.

Suspect Pleads Guilty to Killing Pingree Man
Posted by KSJB News on 9/28/2016 2:57:00 PM.
David Troske
JAMESTOWN - A New Rockford man has struck a plea deal with prosecutors in the shooting death of a Pingree man and the wounding of a New Rockford woman a year ago.

Stutsman County Postpones Closure of County Road 40
Posted by KSJB News on 9/28/2016 10:08:00 AM.
JAMESTOWN - (Katie Aitchison) - Stutsman County is informing motorists that a portion of County Road 40 will be closed for road improvements. The closure will begin on Monday October 3, depending on weather.  That's a push back from the earlier closing planned for Wednesday, Sept. 28 or Thursday, Sept. 29. 

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  • Sugar Content a Concern
    Paul Rutherford farms sugarbeets east of East Grand Forks Minnesota. Rutherford says the crop looks good, but the sugar content isn’t as good as previous years. “We pre-piled two weeks ago. Sugar content was a little lower than I like at this time of year. With the moisture in the ground, it isn’t coming up like it has in previous years," says Rutherford. "Tonnage is great. It’s unbelievable. If we get this crop out of the ground, tonnage wise, this will be the biggest crop I’ve had so far.” Rutherford says American Crystal’s farmers tore up about 14,000 acres of sugarbeets due to root rot and disease north of Grand Forks, North Dakota. “If we get two to three weeks of dry weather, it will get most of them out of the ground. I do understand the growers up north probably need a month. It’s serious up there and I feel for them, because it’s going to be a long struggle. They aren’t going to have the best crop, due to the water issue. Rutherford says the cooperative will harvest around 388,000 acres in the Red River Valley during harvest. The campaign starts Saturday morning at 12:00 a.m. Harvest Hotline is sponsored, in part, by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.
  • The Potential for Great Soybeans
    Lake Benton, Minnesota farmer Bob Worth has corn and soybeans this year. Worth says the soybeans look good and could go down as one of the best soybean crops they’ve ever harvested. “The quality is good, but we’re having some difficulty getting them dry. The stems are still green. We’re very pleased with the way things are going. Our ground is dry and we aren’t having issues with mud,” says Worth. “We’re approximately a quarter of the way done with soybean harvest. We’re getting a good start and the yields are going to be in the 60s. That’s good for us.” Worth says the corn crop is going to be above average and there are a lot of uncertainties. “Some people say it’s going to be better. Others say it’s going to be worse," says Worth. "We’ll have eight to nine days of combining soybeans before we can start corn. We have a lot of corn acres to combine.” Harvest Hotline is sponsored, in part, by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.
  • Potatoes Are Still in the Ground
    In a normal year, potato wash plants in the Red River Valley would have a very good idea how many potatoes are still out in the field. But, this year has been anything but normal, especially for growers north of Highway 2. Nokota Packers, Inc. President and CEO Steve Tweten says the harvest has been a struggle as growers dig between rain showers. "We are getting some crop dug up and on into storage and others are still waiting for fields to dry out." Tweten says the price for Size A reds in 2,000-pound totes is about double the market last fall. "Will it stay? In think it has the potential to do so."
  • Saturated Fields
    This harvest has been a constant battle in the very wet areas of northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. "There are some fields that you know already that you're not going to be able to touch this fall and you don't know if you'll be able to seed in the spring," said Jason Hanson, agronomist, WinField. The way it looks now, Hanson expects the deer to eat well this fall and winter.

  • Income Up for ConAgra Foods
    In its latest quarter, ConAgra Foods had a profit of $182 million. That compares to a loss of more than $1 billion a year ago. ConAgra’s frozen potato business, Lamb Weston, enjoyed a four percent increase in revenue. Lamb Weston is being spun off from ConAgra and will be its own independent and publicly-traded company. 
  • A Quiet Time for Beet Stock Sales
    After some early sales, the market for shares of American Crystal Sugar Company has been quiet. Jayson Menke, ag stock specialist, Farmers National Company, says sales were the earliest on record. For this time of year, Menke says there are good number of stock for sale. "Currently, owr lowest listing price is 67 shares up for sale at $2,650. There's also listings at $2,700 and listings above that up to $3,175 per share." 
  • AFREC Requests Proposals
    The Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council is seeking proposals for research, education and technology transfer. More than $1 million in grants are available through this farmer-funded program. A high priority will be given for on-farm demonstrations. 
  • Credit Challenge
    The continuing resolution passed by Congress this week did not include additional money for Farm Service Agency direct and guaranteed operating loan programs. Without that provision, the FSA is not expected to have enough funding to satisfy the loans that have already been approved. With a weak farm economy, FSA has a backlog in its loan programs. The CR is in place until December 9. At that time, the shortfall will likely be addressed. Agriculture groups are also seeking an increase in funding for FSA loan programs in the new fiscal year. 
  • Biodiesel Lawsuit Dismissed
    A lawsuit challenging Minnesota’s biodiesel mandate has been dismissed and the state can move forward with the planned increase in the biodiesel requirement. Minnesota Soybean Growers Association President Theresia Gillie is pleased. "For those of us with Minnesota Soybean, we're pretty happy about this. We've been on hold for quite some time and now we can move ahead with biodiesel."  Minnesota now has a ten percent biodiesel mandate for summer driving. In May of 2018, that will move to a 20 percent blend. The court decision reinforces Minnesota’s leadership role with biodiesel. "We've been a leader with biodiesel. Even on our own farm, we use B20 in our tractors and our trucks and we haven't had any problems with the equipment." The lawsuit had been filed by groups representing the petroleum industry, truckers and automobile dealers. All legal challenges have been dismissed.  
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