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Soaking up sunshine

February 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

WORTHINGTON — Jolene Nystrom might well have the best job in the Midwest this winter, or at the very least, the best job in southwest Minnesota.
As residents hunkered down in their homes or wrapped up in layers to brave yet another bone-chilling d…continue reading on

Dust in the wind, Part II: No definitive answer on how dust might affect crops, livestock

May 25, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Jonathan Ficek can’t open the windows to his house in the summer anymore, unless he wants to clean the whole thing when he gets home. “It’s almost like a fog in my yard,” the Manning-area farmer said. Continue Reading

Bursting with spring splendor

February 21, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Under all that snow and ice, Mother Nature is patiently waiting to sprout green grass and nourish delicate spring flowers.
Believe it or not, spring is on the way.
In the meantime, here’s a little hope. Spring has already sprung at local greenhouses. Continue Reading

Growing Green: Try orange plants to brighten your garden

January 15, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

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PRAIRIE GARDENER: Spring’s bulb beauty begins now with a shovel and some mulch

September 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Flowering spring bulbs, such as crocus, tulips and daffodils, provide northern gardeners a reward for enduring the long, cold winter. From early spring until mid-May or longer, these garden gems will brighten the home landscape. Continue Reading

PRAIRIE GARDENER: Annual Grand Forks Horticulture Society garden tour on tap July 21-22

July 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Despite the heat and drought conditions, which have plagued the region for much of the summer, local gardeners are preparing their flower gardens for the 28th annual garden tour. Continue Reading

Dawson, Paynesville: AMPI plants produce food for the masses

April 12, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Every day, people across the country likely consume products made by Associated Milk Producers Inc. without even realizing it. Continue Reading

Freezing temps threaten plants

April 10, 2012 in The Daily Republic

With cold air and freezing temperatures descending on much of the Mitchell region in recent nights, concerns have arisen about crops planted during an unseasonably warm spring. Continue Reading

New plant species: Latin names required, but no longer Latin descriptions

March 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Plants are keeping their double-barreled Latin names. But descriptions can now be written in either Latin or English. In the plant world, any step away from Latin is controversial, with some criticizing it as a travesty, and others heralding it as long overdue. Continue Reading

EPA rules threaten older power plants

December 18, 2011 in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON More than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states including Minnesota will be forced to shut down and an additional 36 might have to close because of new federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey.
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