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FARGO - When kids are covered in food, grime and other assorted sticky stuff, their toys and gadgets inevitably become covered in those substances, too. To illustrate just how dirty kids’ toys can be, Birgit Pruess, North Dakota State University Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences associate professor, tested various toys for The Forum to see which harbored the most bacteria. She tested plastic toys from a 1-year-old; a toy plane, figurine, stuffed animal, and video game from a 4-year-old; and a video game and cell phone from a 10-year-old. It was not a real scientific
FARGO – If your windshield wipers aren’t working as well as they should be, think about when you last changed the blades. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months to a year, according to various automotive websites. Faulty windshield wiper blades can smear your windshield, creating visibility hazards when it rains or snows. In cold climates, according to Autos.com, the grit and salt used on icy roads can wear out rubber wiper blades quickly.
WEST FARGO – Brian Carroll and Shawn DeKeyser are both in their third year of taking piano lessons. Both West Fargo men are in their 40s.
FARGO – As researchers uncover more health benefits of flax, more food companies are including the ingredient in their products. And that means more opportunities for farmers.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Chris Bergen has something rather unexpected in his office at Bergen's Greenhouses here.
FARGO—Farmers plan to plant more corn and less wheat than expected this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recently released annual Prospective Plantings report. The report is based on a survey of about 84,000 farmers around the country and shows the acreage they expect to plant for each crop. Frayne Olson, North Dakota State University crop economist and marketing specialist, said the report is the first glimpse traders, market analysts and buyers get into what U.S. farmers are thinking as they prepare to plant.
MOORHEAD—For some producers, 2016 will be a "make-or-break year," said Lynn Paulson, Bell State Bank & Trust senior vice president and director of agribusiness development. There is still a lot of strength in agriculture, he said, but producers who just did OK between 2006 and 2012 are probably having problems now, he said. "There's been about a 50 percent reduction in commodity prices," he said. "There isn't any business that can handle that extended squeeze for those period of times and remain profitable."
WEST FARGO—A new business is opening in the Pioneer Center here that caters to people who want healthy meals fast. Seth Houkom and his fiancée, Haylee Swanson, plan to open Power Plate Meals April 18 at 1380 9th St. E. The storefront will offer lower-calorie meals with high-quality protein, good carbs, healthy fats and all-natural ingredients, Houkom said. "We home make everything," he said. "They're all our own recipes."
MOORHEAD—At first, Lenora Kraft hesitated about moving in with Debra DeWitz. The women were each living alone and they knew each other because their daughters had been friends. But Kraft didn't want to give up her independence, DeWitz said. After Kraft was diagnosed with terminal cancer, DeWitz asked her again to move in with her, saying it would be good for both of them.
FARGO – When talking about the quality of soybean meal for livestock feed, Scott Gauslow wants farmers and buyers to think more about amino acids than crude protein.