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Paul Vogel, Fargo

Paul Vogel of Fargo is looking for the public's help to find the culprit who cut down a huge Colorado blue spruce at his family farmstead last week.

He's offering a $300 reward for solving vandalism to the 20 foot high tree someone took for a Christmas tree.

For Vogel, the tree has special meaning.

"It's a beautiful tree,' Vogel said. "I was shocked the tree was gone."

Vogel said all that's left is a stump and some low branches.

"Thirty years ago, my dad and I planted it," Vogel said. "My heart just sunk."

The West Fargo Police Department and Cass County Sheriff's Office are offering a $1000 cash reward for information regarding a number of recent break-ins that resulted in the theft of three firearms.

North Dakota-specific protocols announced for Dicamba

Nov 28, 2017

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has developed North Dakota-specific protocols for in-crop use of Dicamba on soybeans.

Dicamba is a broadleaf herbicide that's been used for about fifty years in North Dakota, mostly on small grains like oats, barley, spring wheat, durum, and corn. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says a new bio-tech trait released by Monsanto last year created Dicamba resistant soybeans, so the herbicide could be used on soybeans to control broadleaves. But the past year has presented a challenge...

ND Attorney General's office

There’s been an uptick in the number of scam calls.

This time, the scammers are “spoofing” non-working North Dakota phone numbers.

You see a number pop up on your caller ID with a “701” area code. You answer – and find it’s a robo-call or a live person offering automobile warranties, help with student loans, and the like.

But the numbers aren’t real.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued a “Cease and Desist: order against a fake charity that claims it’s raising money to send CARE packages to overseas soldiers.

The charity is “Nationwide Soldier Support.” Stenehjem said he received complaints about door-to-door solicitations by the group. He said that group is not registered as a charitable organization or as a professional fundraiser.

Stenehjem said investigators called the organization, and it promised to provide some information on its North Dakota activities. That information never came.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The executive director of the North Dakota Retail Association says his members are optimistic – but conservative – in their outlook for the Christmas shopping season.

Mike Rud says nationally, retailers predict a 3.6 to 4 percent growth in Christmas sales year-over-year. Rud says earlier this fall, North Dakota stores weren’t as optimistic about those numbers.

"I'm not seeing that sense of optimism that I've seen in the past," Rud said.

But Rud said that attitude could change -- given some of North Dakota's economic factors right now.

Farm Rescue to assist ranchers with livestock feed

Nov 22, 2017

Farm Rescue has helped over 500 farm families through injury, illness and natural disasters since 2006 - and now they're focusing on helping ranching families this winter.

Dan Errdman is a spokesman for Farm Rescue. He says Farm Rescue has hauled hay for livestock feeding assistance since 2012, including this past summer during the draught. This winter Farm Rescue is expanding its livestock feeding assistance throughout its entire service area, which includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Iowa. He says they're now looking for volunteers.

11th annual Fill The Dome marks another success

Nov 22, 2017
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

The 2017 total weight in collected food was down slightly… But it doesn’t diminish the accomplishment. Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

On Vision West ND's Agenda: Ferries and Drones

Nov 20, 2017
Passenger Productions

A regional planning organization in western North Dakota is looking at ferry service across Lake Sakakawea.

The ferry would cross the lake in the Twin Buttes area.

Vision West ND is a planning consortium made up of 19 western North Dakota counties, the Three Affiliated Tribes and some other government groups. The consortium's Deb Nelson said the project is now a part of the tribal government’s transportation plan – and she said that will help the proposal fly.

State of North Dakota

When Governor Doug Burgum announced he would like to see North Dakota reach an oil production level of two-Million barrels a day it was more of an aspiration than a goal. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

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