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Minnesota soybeans are sprouting up in South Korean kitchens

April 9, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Six years ago, Alexandria resident and former farmer, Craig Damstrom fostered an idea to develop a cash crop in the area not the legume itself, but its seed. Soy seeds are in high demand in South Korea since China has been exporting less and consuming more of its own product. Continue Reading

Pyongyang rumblings have little effect on SKoreans

April 5, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

SEOUL, South Korea Outsiders might hear the opening notes of a war in the deluge of threats and provocations from North Korea, but to South Koreans it is a familiar drumbeat. Continue Reading

North Korea vows to restart nuclear facilities

April 2, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

SEOUL, South Korea North Korea said Tuesday it will restart its long-shuttered plutonium reactor and increase production of nuclear weapons material, in what outsiders see as its latest attempt to extract U.S. concessions by raising fears of war. Continue Reading

Elephant in South Korean zoo imitates human speech

November 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

An elephant in a South Korean zoo is using his trunk to pick up not only food, but also human vocabulary. The 22-year-old Asian elephant can reproduce five Korean words by tucking his trunk inside his mouth to modulate sound. Continue Reading

South Korea summit seeks to deter nuclear-armed terrorism

March 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Nearly 60 world leaders who gathered today in Seoul for a nuclear security summit agreed to work on securing and accounting for all nuclear material by 2014. But widespread fear lingers about the safety of nuclear material in countries including former Soviet states, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran and India. Continue Reading

Officials: North Korea prepares for launch of long-range rocket

March 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

North Korea has moved a rocket to a northwestern site in preparation for a launch next month, South Korean officials said Sunday, as Pyongyang pushes ahead with a plan that Washington calls a cover for testing long-range missiles. Continue Reading

Obama travels to South Korea to confront nuclear threats

March 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

President Barack Obama has begun a visit to South Korea that aims to mount pressure on an isolated North Korea and intensify international efforts to keep nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists. Continue Reading

Farmers among Minnesotans welcoming free-trade pact with South Korea

March 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota exporters are welcoming this week’s long-awaited free trade agreement with South Korea, which will lower tariffs on Minnesota-made medical, machine, meat and grain products. Continue Reading

North Korea’s Kim urges troop to stay on high alert during visit to Demilitarized Zone

March 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has urged troops on the heavily armed border with rival South Korea to stay on high alert during a rare visit to the Demilitarized Zone. Continue Reading

North Korea urges U.S. to halt military drills in South Korea

March 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A spokesman for North Korea’s powerful National Defense Commission said today that the United States must halt joint military drills under way in South Korea if it is serious about peace on the Korean peninsula. Continue Reading