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Past articles by Jenny:

When 'watch out' means 'get out of the way' when working cattle

We do so many things on farms and ranches that could end badly. And we do them as a matter of course, without thinking overly much about what could happen if things went wrong. → Read More

North Dakota farmer accused of attempted assassination in Ukraine

North Dakota farmer Kurt Groszhans has been accused of attempted assassination in Ukraine, but his family thinks it’s a business matter gone wrong. → Read More

Across the region, the number of chapters and members in FFA are growing

Across the region, the numbers of agriculture education and FFA programs are growing, albeit at different rates and, in some cases, for different reasons. → Read More

A little manure on the court won't stop the farm athlete

When you're a farm kid, you know that sports are an extra, no matter how important they are to you at the time. → Read More

Region is still not 'charged with moisture' but a mid-October change might be coming

STORMTracker meteorologist John Wheeler says the next two weeks are expected to remain above average in temperature and relatively dry. But he sees a change coming around mid October. → Read More

Is hacking the next struggle for agriculture?

Recently, a relatively small Iowa cooperative was hacked. If the alarms over cybersecurity in agriculture weren't going off before, they certainly should be now. → Read More

Soil moisture and drought continue to improve but concerns remain for 2022

STORMTracker meteorologist John Wheeler said soil moisture throughout much of the region has improved, but the deep soil profile remains dry. That means prolonged periods of dryness could put the region right back into the throes of drought. → Read More

Jenny Schlecht: It's hard to make changes where the roots run deep

Pulling out decades-old lilac bushes to make repairs below the ground meant a lot of clean-up and work and a good reminder that change is hard. → Read More

Recent rains continue to improve drought but soil moisture deficits persist

StormTRACKER meteorologist Jesse Ritka said rain since mid-August has made a big difference in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains on the U.S. Drought Monitor. → Read More

Do not use ivermectin to treat COVID, doctors and veterinarians stress

Veterinarian Dr. Kim Brummond said COVID-19 isn’t the only ailment that she’s had people ask her about using ivermectin for over the years; people have believed it’ll kill anything, up to and including cancer, she said. When people ask about it, her answer is easy. “It’s a flat-out no,” she said. → Read More

Rain decreases drought intensity in places but water shortage remains

Several recent rainfalls have started to have an impact on the U.S. Drought Monitor, with the version released on Sept. 2 showing slowly improving conditions in the region. Much of the region has been wet as of late, with northern Iowa particularly so, Wheeler said. → Read More

Recent rains won't end the drought but 'it is looking a little better around here'

The U.S. Drought Monitor didn't improve much this week, even though much of the drought-stricken areas of the Northern Plains received heavy rain. StormTRACKER meteorologist John Wheeler explains why that is and what's coming next in the weather. → Read More

Minnesota enters exceptional drought for first time on U.S. Drought Monitor

Minnesota had never been in the exceptional drought category since the inception of the modern U.S. Drought Monitor in 1994. That changed on this week's report. → Read More

No improvement expected for Northern Plains, Upper Midwest drought situation

StormTRACKER Meteorologist John Wheeler said little rain is expected in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest in the coming weeks, and after a brief period of mild temperatures another heat wave is expected later in August. That means the drought situation likely won't improve much. → Read More

Another small-town service goes away

Having no bank in a small town means a hit on businesses, school groups and community groups. → Read More

'Bullseye for rain' misses the drought-stricken places that needed it most

StormTRACKER meteorologist Jesse Ritka said temperatures in the region are expected to cool down a little, but they'll still be above average and into the upper 80s and lower 90s. While there's a slight chance of pop-up showers, nothing widespread is expected, "which means no improvement in the near future as far as the Drought Monitor is concerned," she said. → Read More

There's not enough rainfall in the forecast to keep up with the drought

Drought conditions are likely to continue to worsen in the region as high temperatures and little precipitation mean already dire soil moisture is expected to get worse. → Read More

Drought impacts lessen a little but outlook is still bleak

WDAY meteorologist John Wheeler said conditions have worsened in other places, including Minnesota and northcentral Iowa. The deep moisture profile, he said, shows that there simply has not been enough rain. → Read More

What happens when a rancher has to cull deep

Selling off cattle isn't just reducing inventory and it isn't just a business decision. By selling off good cows, ranchers often are selling their work and planning, and they can't just buy new cows to replace the old. → Read More

A new way to train tomorrow's agriculture educators

To try to lessen an ag teacher shortage throughout the region, Dickinson State University is partnering with North Dakota State University to train more potential ag teachers through an innovative master’s degree program. → Read More