History Notes was on summer break last month, and it’s good to be back after driving across the Dakotas: Stopped to get a fast-flattening tire fixed in Hettinger (many thanks to “Steve’s Service Plus”!), waved along the way to the lovely bovine “Salem Sue,” and returned to the Red River Valley, a.k.a. The Valley of Didactic Billboards: “Smile!” “Be Kind!”
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There’s an interesting, new, dishonest TV ad out from slumshark Rick Berg. I’ll describe the dishonest and hypocritical ad, first, and then give you some analysis.
U.S. House Candidate Pam Gulleson joined U.S. Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp and Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee Senator Debbie Stabenow at an agriculture forum in Fargo.
Two leaders of the North Dakota University System were honored July 17 by the presidents of North Dakota’s Tribal Colleges.
By John Michaelson, Prairie News Service
Walmart quickly is becoming the lone major corporation that still allows its pork suppliers to use gestation crates, according to an animal-advocacy group.
Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals, says the video his group released last week shows the crates in use at a major supplier for Walmart.
“In the last few months, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Safeway (and) Costco have all started demanding that their pork suppliers phase out these inherently cruel gestation crates that don’t even allow these animals to turn around or exhibit natural behaviors.”
R unkle says if Walmart hears from enough consumers who are against the practice, it would be left with no choice but to phase out the use of gestational crates.
“The writing is certainly on the wall that this is a practice that is out of step with most Americans’ values, which say that animals should be treated humanely.”
S ome say moving away from long-used techniques to ones considered more humane would lead to a rise in the cost of food, but Runkle says that isn’t necessarily the case.
“Many studies suggest that it’s actually cheaper to raise pigs in ‘group housing’ systems, so this is really just a matter of the industry making a shift.”
Walmart says it already offers “crate-free” pork products in many U.S. stores and continues to work with suppliers to find ways to increase that number. The supplier in question, Minnesota-based Christensen Farms, says gestational stalls allow for the best individual care of sows and are within standard animal-welfare practices.
District 30 legislative candidates Nancy Guy, Tom Decker and Daphne Ghorbani have come out in favor of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor’s property tax plan. The 2011 Republican controlled legislature failed to enact meaningful property tax reductions.
Bismarck State College was ranked fourth among two and four-year institutions granting degrees in engineering technologies and engineering related fields in the June 11th issue of Community College Week, an independent, national publication covering community, technical and junior colleges.
Getting a new school year off to a good start can influence children’s attitude, confidence, and performance both socially and academically. The transition from August to September can be difficult for both children and parents. Even children who are eager to return to class must adjust to the greater levels of activity, structure, and, for some, pressures associated with school life.
By PI Staff
We pledge to coordinate and support the efforts to highlight American Crystal Sugar’s total disregard for its employees and to make them a poster child for corporate greed and profit over employees.”