Grafton Police have arrested and charged a man for drug-related activity after finding him at the Grafton Swimming Pool Tuesday afternoon.
Assistant Police Chief Tony Dumas tells KXPO Gregory Goodall is
free on bond after being arrested and charged with huffing gasoline in his
vehicle at the swimming pool Tuesday afternoon.
Grafton Police responded to a call about a suspicious man at the
swimming pool Tuesday afternoon. They arrested Goodall for alleged huffing.
Dumas says there was no attempt to abduct any child from the pool
There were reports on FACEBOOK to that effect but Dumas says that
was not the case.
Dumas also says Goodall's left town. Dumas says Goodall's from Kirkland, Illinois.
The City of Hallock, Minnesota's issuing more instructions about a special
deer hunt in city limits this September.
Police Chief Mike Docken tells KXPO it'll be a bow hunt,
September 14th through December 31st. It's a special hunt run by Hallock. Antler-less
deer only, limit of 30. Docken says the special hunt will follow the Minnesota Department
of Natural Resources' rules for bow-hunting. It's available for Minnesota residents and
Docken says because it's a Hallock special hunt, another requirement will be
hunters must be a minimum of 18-years-old. The hunting area will be near the Two Rivers
Docken says the deer are a problem and a danger and the special hunt is necessary.
Docken says many deer live on the outskirts of Hallock. They come into town and have
less fear because they know residents won't/can't chase them or kill them. Those
deer actually have more fear in the wild because they're cognizant of increased danger
there, as opposed to being in town.
Docken says they look for food in town, trees, garden produce, flowers, anything.
He says 15 people will be selected by drawing and 15 landowners will be authorized
to hunt within Hallock's city limits. Those 30 bow hunters are authorized to buy a special
deer hunt permit and must get written permission from the specific landowner to hunt on
The application is August first through the 30th.
The North Dakota Health Department and the North Dakota Solid Waste
Management and Recycling Association are hosting workshops to help officials
manage different types of waste after a disaster.
There are seven workshops scheduled statewide. The two closest to this
area are in Lakota at the Community Center, August 15th. There's also one in
Rugby, August 14th at the Community Room in the Pierce County Courthouse.
Environmental Engineer Diana Trussell says flooding, storms, tornadoes,
and other emergencies have generated large amounts of debris and waste that must
be properly disposed. The workshops will help local planners, emergency managers,
business leaders, and city, county, and tribal officials develop a correct disposal plan.
Those workshops are free but pre-registration's required.
Go to the North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Association website.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man who became an advocate for tougher drunken driving laws after losing family members in a crash says a state senator who pleaded guilty to a DUI charge should step down. Park River Sen. Joe Miller pleaded guilty earlier this month to speeding, having an open container of alcohol and being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. He has paid $500 in fines. Miller has publicly apologized and says he hopes people will forgive him. He says he will not give up his seat. Lynn Mickelson, whose daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter were killed by a drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 94, says Miller's apology is not enough. Mickelson tells says legislators should be held to higher standards.
The 114th annual Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration is coming.
It's August second through the fourth in Mountain, North Dakota.
The president of the Icelandic Communities Association, Curtis Olafson, of
rural Mountain has a special announcement to make for this celebration too.
Olafson says the prime minister of Iceland will attend. This is the fourth Icelandic
prime minister to attend in recent years.
The PM's name is Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson. He was recently elected too.
Gunnlaugsson is the fourth Icelandic prime minister to visit Mountain
Olafson says there's a reason for this. The government of Iceland takes a
keen interest in maintaining a strong relationship between the people of Iceland and
the people of Icelandic descent here in North Dakota.
Olafson says the Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration is North Dakota's
longest-running ethnic celebration and the largest Icelandic ethnic event in the U.S..
For more information about activities for the Deuce of August in Mountain,
August second through the fourth, go to August2nd.dot.com or August the Deuce on
In this region roughly one-third of the cropland was not planted due to wet
Executive Director Kristi Brintnell of the Walsh County Farm Service Agency
Office tells KXPO about 30-percent of the farm acres did not get planted this season.
Brintnell says that equates to about 175-thousand-acres. She says that is spread out
although she thinks western Walsh County was extremely hard-hit. So was farmland
east of Interstate 29. She says farmland in eastern and central Walsh County had some
lower prevent plant numbers.
In Cavalier County, Farm Service Agency Executive Director Michelle Schommer
says about 300-thousand-acres of farmland was not planted this season. She says that's
about 35-percent of Cavalier County's farmland altogether. She talked with farmers, elevator
managers, and her office did some surveying itself.
In Pembina County, Executive Director Deb Henschel says about one-fourth of
Pembina County's cropland was not planted this year. That equates to 146,414 acres.
Henschel says that is a rough estimate in her county.
Those numbers are the best estimates possible right now from county executive
directors to the North Dakota Farm Service Agency office in Fargo.
Statewide about four-point-four-million-acres of farmland was not planted this spring
due to wet conditions. That's a preliminary estimate. The deadline for farmers to report their
crop acreage is August second.
Soil Erosion and Soil Quality in Walsh County
By Rita H. Sveen
After a very wet spring with extreme rainfall events, things are not looking too bad out there for our crops, however estimates are still around 30% prevented plant acres in Walsh County. Many of these acres are not only due to excess moisture but to soil damage and loss. We had erosion, every kind of erosion. Even wind erosion was a problem before the rains hit. But that pales compared with the amount of soil lost to sheet and rilling from runoff on cropped fields. Gullies? Streambank erosion? – yes we had that too.
Wind Erosion Walsh Co. May 2013
Gully Erosion Walsh Co. May 2013
I would like to encourage Walsh County producers and ag advisors to take some time to educate yourself on your soil resource. What’s different from this event compared with previous events, is that today we know considerably more about soil biology then we did 5, 10 or 20 years ago. Agricultural research has proven soils are a living environment – in a healthy soil, there are about 6 billion microorganisms in one teaspoon!
Soils in the valley were traditionally left black in the fall because the high organic matter from the tall grass prairie and the high clay content naturally held more water in the soil. In cold climates like ours, it is the soil water that plays the largest role in the soil warming process in early spring. Therefore, blackening the field was thought to be the best way to warm the soil in the spring. However, tillage does have other negative consequences – we understand this much better today with advanced discoveries in microbiology. Consider the following tillage facts:
1. Tillage causes a burst of organic carbon to be released into the air. Aside from the atmospheric consequences, this is bad for the soil because that carbon is now lost as a food source for soil organisms. It’s difficult to get past the idea that tilling the soil is good – it must be good to mix in the oxygen and residue to “feed” the soil, right? But mixing the soil just makes it lazy. Soil organisms that engage in a long-term mineralization process are not advanced by tillage.
2. Tillage steel is cutting through the soil pore spaces created by earthworms and plant root channels. Macropores are essential for infiltration. Runoff and rain water flow through the macropores instead of running off – keeping your soil and inputs in place.
3. Tillage destroys fungal hyphae. Fungal hyphae are the thread-like structures used to gather resources and bind soil together into aggregates. Soil particles are aggregated and stabilized by organic “glues” exuded by the hyphae and plant roots. Soil biota help create aggregates and use them as habitat. Remember – the soil is a living food web; this web includes the plant root and its exchanges with nutrients and water. It all works together to improve the soils/plants natural ability to utilize water and nutrients. Loss of aggregation is visually apparent in eroded sediments.
Sheet and Rill Erosion Deposition 5/2013
4. Tillage and all other field traffic increases compaction, which restricts water and air movement, nutrient cycling, plant growth and biology.
5. Tillage causes the water table to rise, bringing salts to the surface.
Reduce your tillage with baby steps!
I’m not advocating the cold-turkey conversion of large tracts of cropland into no-till. It can take several years to improve your soil’s health. However, I think we can no longer ignore the loss of soil structure that has taken place over the last few decades. Long term healing of the soil is in order. Consider taking a baby step with one or more of the following:
1. Plant cover crops on prevent plant acres this year. Soil biota need growing plants to thrive - the diversity of species feeds a large variety of biota. Cover crops also remove excess moisture, which in turn reduces salinity.
2. Plant cover crops or grass on your water courses. Analyze your yields on these areas – is cropping really the best land use? Consider planting cover crops this year followed by alfalfa or grass. Safe, stable water conveyance is responsible soil stewardship that both landlord and operator should agree on. With the loss of CRP acreage in the county, it might be easier than you think to find someone that wants to hay these areas.
3. Try Strip till or no-till on a small plot of land – commit to this for at least 5 years. There are programs available to help offset the risk.
4. Improve the diversity of your rotation. Healthy soils needs plant diversity– the best rotations include all crop types: Warm and cool season grasses (ex. corn and wheat), and warm and cool season broadleaves (ex. soybeans and sugarbeets or cover crops).
5. Delay tillage after wheat harvest or plant cover crops. Following the combine with a disk, chisel or plow seems to be a source of pride – a black field right after harvest, but this practice is actually starving the soil. We know today that allowing regrowth or planting cover crops will feed the soil and therefore improve soil aggregation.
6. Increase your soil biology knowledge: There are multiple sources of informative videos, testimonials, and fact sheets available on YouTube and websites. One of the better ones I found that is specific to our climate is: Soil Quality: Managing Cool, Wet Soils (easily found with a web search or call the office for a copy).
Checkout the soil quality institute website: http://soils.usda.gov/sqi or for a more in-depth presentation, watch “The Role of Soil Biology in Improving Soil Quality” – on YouTube. Call our office for more information: 284-7466.
North Dakota District Ten State Senator Joe Miller of Park River has
pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.
Miller entered his guilty plea Monday morning in Northeast District Court in
The charge against him was a Class B misdemeanor, punishable to a
maximum of 30-days in jail and a one-thousand-dollar fine.
Judge Richard Geiger sentenced Miller to 29-days in jail for one year, all
suspended. Miller paid a 250-dollar fine and another 250-dollars in court fees.
Miller admitted driving home drunk the night of June 21st, after a banquet
in Fordville. He said in court he'd consumed about "eight beers", got into his vehicle
and drove. He was pulled over for speeding, failed a breathlyzer test and a blood alcohol
test which measured him at point-one-three.
Miller must also complete a DUI education program and be evaluated by an
After the hearing, Miller says he knows he did wrong, will stay on as a state senator
and decide whether to run again in 2016.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is bringing Project Safe
Send to Adams today. It'll be in Grand Forks tomorrow(Wednesday).
The collections are for unusable pesticides.
Farmers, ranchers, pesticide dealers, and applicators, government agencies,
and homeowners can bring them to the collection point at the North Dakota
Department of Transportation building.
People can bring their unusable pesticides free-of-charge to be disposed
of safely and legally. The pesticides are shipped out of state for incineration.
Anyone with over one-thousand-pounds of pesticide to relenquish must
pre-register. A maximum of 20-thousand-pounds per person is accepted. Pesticide
rinse water's accepted too.
North Dakota Tourism is offering a $750,000 matching grant to tourism attractions that can draw more visitors to the state.
The 2014 Tourism Infrastructure Grant Program's purpose is to provide funding for new tourism operations to attract visitors from outside North Dakota for at least one overnight stay.
The money can be used to build a new visitor attraction, expand attractions or offer new support services for visitors.
Funds cannot be used for marketing or ongoing operating expenses.
The North Dakota Legislature appropriated $750,000 for the program during the 2013 session.