JCPenney's Will Close in Jamestown, Wahpeton, Dickinson
Posted by KSJB News on 3/17/2017 10:07:00 AM.
 
JAMESTOWN - The JCPenney store at the Buffalo Mall in Jamestown is among 138 retail locations the struggling department-store chain plans to close as part of a plan to renew growth and turn the company's focus to e-commerce.
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Feds Arrest 86 People in Five States
Posted by KSJB News on 3/16/2017 12:00:00 PM.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement have arrested 86 people in five states in the Midwest.
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Committee on Aging Services Meeting with Conference Call Option
Posted by KSJB News on 3/16/2017 8:14:00 AM.
BISMARCK, ND (Heather Steffl) - The North Dakota Committee on Aging will meet on March 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, CDT, to receive updates about services for older adults including local, state and federal public policy developments.
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Valley City Chamber Seeking Awards Nominees
Posted by KSJB News on 3/15/2017 10:17:00 AM.

VALLEY CITY, ND - Kay Vinje, the executive vice president of the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce, says one of the highlights of the year for her organization is presenting the annual chamber awards to members who go above and beyond to serve the community.
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New Licenses Needed by April 1
Posted by KSJB News on 3/14/2017 10:03:00 AM.

 
BISMARCK (Greg Freeman) - North Dakota anglers, spring light goose hunters and trappers are reminded that new licenses for the 2017-18 season are required starting April 1.
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  • Beets and Spring Wheat Seeded in Comstock Area
    The Red River Farm Network kicked off the 2017 growing season with the Crop Watch broadcast on Tuesday. C-W Valley Co-op agronomist Jade Albrecht said growers in the Comstock, Minnesota area are off to a good start. "Guys got a good chunk of the wheat in and sugarbeets are in." Most seed decisions have been made, but Albrecht said farmers were still booking the final acres. "Corn acres are up a little bit." Thanks to Syngenta Sugarbeet/Hilleshog for its sponsorship of RRFN's Crop Watch.
  • More Interest in Corn
    Before the rains started this past week, most of the wheat was seeded in the Kent, Minnesota area. Andy Beyer, who is a dealer with NorthStar Genetics, says some sugarbeets and corn were also planted. Soil temps were cold. "We had a few frost boils in the yard and they are still soft." Beyer has been busy delivering seed corn and soybeans. "I've been seeing guys ordering a little more corn so I don't know if it was because they thought they'd get in early. If we get delayed, that will change again." RRFN stopped at the Beyer operation during Tuesday's Crop Watch broadcast. The #CropWatch 17 broadcast is sponsored, in part, by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.
  • Field Conditions are Top Priority for Planting
    Field conditions and soil temperatures are still more important than the calendar right now, according to Pioneer Field Agronomist Derek Crompton. “It’s not May 20, and in all reality, we don’t consider starting to think about changing our corn planting strategy until after that time. We have a good month ahead of us.” Crompton also tells growers if they start seeing soil temps warming up close to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, "go ahead and get started.”    
  • Watch for Crusting
    Greg LaPlante, owner of GL Consulting at Wahpeton, North Dakota, says planting progress varies considerably. "Some guys have all of their sugarbeets in and others haven't started." LaPlante says corn planting has active to his west in the Wyndmere/Barney area and to his east in Minnesota's Otter Tail County. With the recent moisture, LaPlante says some of that rain came down hard. "Some of these soils were kind of fine, especially, the fields going into sugarbeets this year so we're going to need to watch for crusting." The Red River Farm Network Crop Watch broadcast is sponsored, in part, by DuPont Pioneer.
  • In Good Shape
    Wolverton, Minnesota farmer Jay Nord has all of his wheat planted. Area farmers have also started with corn. Nord wouldn't be surprised if neighboring farmers start planting soybeans "Guys will do whatever they can get done. We'll try to wait until the first of May to plant beans, but, we'll see what happens." #CropWatch17 is sponsored, in part, by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the Soybean Checkoff.
  • Kansas Wheat Update
    Winter wheat is heading in fields near Lyons, Kansas. Wheat grower Doug Keesling shares an update on the crop. “Just got done walking a field where there’s probably a good five to ten percent poked out of the areas. We can still see the stress areas of the field that are quite stunted-less than knee high. Better conditions are at waist high. We can still see the differences in the drought we’ve been suffering.” Keesling says there’s more rain forecasted in the week ahead, but the farmers are still able to get into the field. Corn planting has also been underway near Lyons, Kansas as well.
  • Cutting Costs
    University of Minnesota Extension small grain specialist Jochum Wiersma has put together of list of things growers can do to cut their spring wheat production costs. Wiersma says the last thing they should cut is fertilizer. “Nitrogen is so important for us to maximize grain yield and be able to maintain grain protein.” Wiersma says input decisions should be based on a biological need. As an example, Wiersma says the biggest savings would come from using a wild oat herbicide only where there is wild oat pressure.
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