Sister and brother closer than ever after liver transplant

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Austin Westmeyer and his younger sister, Samantha Westmeyer, have always been close but now they have an even tighter bond. On April 21, Samantha donated 69 percent of her liver to Austin, who has suffered with ulcerative colitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis since he was a freshman in ...

State officials hear concerns from local ranchers

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Ranchers and farmers struggling with exceptional drought conditions filled a banquet room at Rugby’s Coffee Cottage June 17, sharing their stories with Gov. Doug Burgum and North Dakota water and ag officials. The standing-room-only crowd spilled out into the hallway and parking lot of the ...

Wind erosion steals soil, nutrients, and impairs water quality

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BISMARCK – March 29, 2021, left more like a lion than a lamb in North Dakota. The winds roared, blowing unprotected soils across the state’s landscape to fence rows, shelterbelts, streams, rivers, and lakes—even highway rest stops. Tons of topsoil and nutrients were lost. While nutrients ...

Wildfires burn more than 100,000 ND acres so far in 2021

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BISMARCK – According to data collected by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and North Dakota Forest Service, nearly 1,400 fires have scorched more than 100,000 acres across the state since January 2021. That total, which is the equivalent of about 156 square miles, is compiled ...