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ADA, Minn. — A woman was killed in a farm accident near Ada on Friday, Nov. 16. Katie Vilmo of Ada was killed when she was pinned by a hay baler. She was flown to a Fargo hospital and died the next day. She is survived by a 3-month-old daughter and husband, Mike Vilmo.
Andy Dombeck and his father, Mike Dombeck, are both conservation farmers who want to protect the land and water for future generations. As one of the results of their efforts, both their farms are now Water Quality Certified Farms, meaning they've met the standards of Minnesota's Ag Water Quality Certification Program. Their farms join more than 660 farming operations that are now certified under this four-year-old Minnesota program, which recognizes farmers' efforts to protect water quality.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Thursday, Nov. 1, that it has identified H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza in a Stearns County turkey flock in central Minnesota, making it the second case found in Minnesota this season. The low pathogenic avian influenza was detected in nearby Kandiyohi County turkey flock on Oct. 19.
HANKINSON, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol on Tuesday, Oct. 30, released the identity of a man who was fatally injured when he tried to pass a tractor and his vehicle struck a disc plow being towed. Jeffrey Schiltz, 59, of Hankinson, was driving south on Richland County Road 1 on Oct. 23 when he met a northbound John Deere tractor towing a disc plow and coil packer, the patrol said. Schiltz's car struck the disc plow, causing extensive damage to the top of the vehicle. Schiltz died at the scene, the patrol said.
HANKINSON, N.D. -- A 59-year-old Hankinson man was killed after he tried to pass a tractor Tuesday night and his vehicle struck a towed disc plow causing the crash north of Hankinson. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the man was driving southbound just after 7 p.m. on RIchland County 1 when it met a northbound tractor towing a disc plow and coil packer. The man's 2004 Chevrolet Impala struck the implement, towed by 18-year-old Brandon Hart of Wales, causing extensive damage to the top of the vehicle.
RAYMOND, Minn. – The driver of a semi hauling sugar beets died Monday evening, Oct. 22, in collision with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near Raymond in west-central Minnesota.. Daniel Roy Schmidt, 79, was pulling a trailer with the sugar beets traveling south on the Kandi-Chippewa Line near U.S. Highway 23, according to a news release from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office. The truck was struck by the train shortly after 6 p.m.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Large swaths of southwest North Dakota are facing moderate fire danger, which may signal a returning drought. Dunn, Billings, Slope, Hettinger and Stark Counties have already been designated as natural disaster counties by the United States Department of Agriculture after meeting requirements under earlier in the year, as each county suffered from drought conditions during the growing season lasting for eight or more consecutive weeks.
MOORHEAD — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 39 enforcement cases in 26 counties throughout the state during the third quarter of 2018. Penalties from all 39 cases totaled more than $203,000. In addition to the 39 recently completed cases, the MPCA also has 37 ongoing enforcement investigations, 17 of which were opened as new cases during the third quarter of 2018. Not all investigations lead to fines or other official action. The following is a summary of coverage area cases completed during the third quarter of 2018:
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has confirmed the first cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease — known as EHD, for short — in Minnesota deer. Six of seven animals in a small herd of captive white-tailed deer in Goodhue County in southeast Minnesota died of the disease earlier this month. The remaining buck appears healthy at this time and is showing no clinical signs associated with the disease.
ST. PAUL—Nearly 5,000 young hunters 10 to 15 years old will take to the fields and forests this weekend during Minnesota's youth deer season, the Department of Natural Resources said. The DNR offers the annual hunting opportunity to help develop Minnesota's next generation of hunters.