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Food bank feeds the hungry during pandemic

Food bank feeds the hungry during pandemic

  The Great Plains Food Bank did a survey with its partner agencies at the end of March, and the results weren’t surprising, at least not during a pandemic. “It reported a 30 to 60 percent increase (in demand) at food pantries,” said Melissa Sobolik, president of...

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Rural grocers providing value

Rural grocers providing value

With social distancing the new norm to halt the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, access to food and household products is top of mind for millions of Americans who are shuttered in their homes. People overbuying and hoarding items, such as toilet paper, have only...

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Axt family dealing with distancing

Axt family dealing with distancing

  Missy Axt can recall a time most indicative of life during the COVID-19 crisis. The rancher/nurse from the McClusky area remembers when her husband Jeff checked cows during a night of freezing rain and had to bring a newborn calf indoors. “He found a...

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Fischer, Bowman students using distance learning

When North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum closed schools and mandated distance learning because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bowman County school district was prepared. Vocational agriculture teacher Mary Fischer, the EPIC coach for Bowman County Farmers Union, said the...

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WATNE: Pandemic serves as learning experience

I hope by the time you are reading this message, we have begun the downward path to controlling COVID-19. It would also be wonderful if we had some optimistic developments for vaccines to prevent the spread of the virus and medicine to help with recovery. It’s still...

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NDFU cautiously optimistic about farm and ranch relief

NDFU cautiously optimistic about farm and ranch relief

North Dakota Farmers Union is hopeful the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will provide critical relief to family farmers and ranchers. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the program, which will provide $19 billion to...

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Olson leads cooperative training

  Education is a prime component of the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives. Led by Dr. Frayne Olson, the center hosted leadership training for the second consecutive year, holding sessions for co-op directors in Grand Forks (Feb. 25) and Bismarck (Feb. 27)....

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