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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  • engAGe: a series for agribusiness women
    The Red River Farm Network has a new podcast called engAGe: a series for women in agribusiness. We talk to DuPont's Krysta Harden, Cattlemen's Beef Board CEO Polly Ruhland and National FFA Organization Officer Valerie Earley about leadership. Listen to their stories. engAGe is sponsored, in part, by AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Dow Agrosciences, Thunder Seed, Black Gold Farms, North Dakota Soybean Council, Peterson Farms Seed and the North Dakota Grain Growers Association.
  • Dealing with Mud
    Over four inches of rain fell in the Ada, Minnesota area at midweek. Luckily, West Central Ag Services Agronomist Mike Nelson says there wasn’t real severe winds or hail damage. Early soybean harvest just started before the rain. "Obviously, we're going to see a wide range of yields at this point, but I think a 40-bushel average is good in this area," says Nelson. "Unfortunately, there are quite a few fields below that and there will be some above that as well."
  • Minn-Dak Pre-Pile Underway
    Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative vice president of agriculture Tom Knudsen says it will be a short sugarbeet pre-pile campaign this year. If conditions look favorable the first week of October, the cooperative will transition into harvest. Knudsen says 2017 could be another record-breaking year for tonnage. “Right around 32 tons. That’s starting to drift south, because it hadn’t rained in most of our area until Tuesday. We’ll see what impact the rain had. We’d like to stay at or below 30 tons, because anything more will be too much to swallow. We’d likely have to leave those in the field. We’ll confirm as harvest moves forward and see where we end up.” 
  • Dry Bean Harvest Progressing
    Nearly two-thirds of pinto, black and navy bean crops have been harvested in the Hatton, North Dakota area. Kelley Bean Company’s Dean Nelson says farmers harvested for about 10 days straight until rains hit last weekend. "Some of the beans were down in the 11-to-12 percent moisture range, but the growers were doing a conscious job of watching the quality of the crop they were bringing in." Overall, Nelson says this has been a slighty above average crop. Quality has been good, but the dryness has impacted some yields. "When you're hauling in 10/11 moisture beans instead of 14/15, that's 4-to-5 percent of water weight that you're missing out on."
  • Wrapping Up Dry Beans
    Tuesday rains brought 2.5 to 3 inches of rain near LaMoure, North Dakota. Eric Larson, who farms in the area, says there was some variable hail and wind damage. Larson says area farmers are pleasantly surprised with the early soybean yields. "There are more pods in the field then originally anticipated. I'm hearing some guys getting around 40 bushels to the acre." Larson is wrapping up pinto bean harvest, and says the crop is yielding okay. "It's an average yield, but we're pretty fortunate compared to our neighbors to the west who didn't get any rain."  
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  • Drought Impacts Pulse Crop Production
    Drought conditions are having an impact on pulse crop production. USDA National Ag Statistics Service’s Lance Honig says extreme dryness in western North Dakota and Montana has dramatically lowered production. "The potential was there for a big crop, and a record-high number of lentil acres was planted," says Honig. "However, production is expected to be down 41 percent because we're looking at record low yields." In addition, dry edible pea production is pegged to be down 45 percent, with the lowest yield expected since 1996.
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