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Northeast Livestock Co-op Annual Meeting – Feb. 18

The 46th annual meeting of the Northeast Livestock Co-op shareholders will be held on Feb. 18 at Deano’s Steakhouse in Claire City, S.D. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at 2 p.m.

The Northeast Livestock Co-op is a member-owned organization incorporated in 1971 to assist farmers and ranchers in livestock loans. All shareholders are urged to attend this meeting and support your cooperative. For further information, contact Gary Knebel at 605-486-4204 or Roger Ceroll at 605-637-5235.

Thief in Germany drives tractor through wall, steals safe

BERLIN (AP) — Police in northwestern Germany are searching for a brazen thief — or thieves — who knocked down the wall of a house with a tractor and made off with a safe.

Police say the tractor was used early on Jan. 26 to bash down the wall of the home in the town of Buende, west of Hannover, according to the dpa news agency.

The thief or thieves grabbed the safe and fled, and the John Deer farm tractor was left halfway inside the house.

Authorities say the home’s residents weren’t harmed in the robbery but refused to say what was being kept in the safe or to give any further information because of the ongoing investigation.

Cowboys capture escaped bull on the run in South Dakota city

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — It took a couple of cowboys from a rodeo competition, each armed with a lasso, to catch an escaped bull that was running wild in a South Dakota city.

Authorities say the bull got loose Sunday when the owner was loading him into a trailer at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City. The bull bolted along a bike path, through Memorial Park and Rapid Creek, and stopped at the Executive Golf Course.

KOTA-TV reports that police say even though the bull was tired he was still considered dangerous, especially in a residential area. Police summoned some cowboys from the Sutton Ranch Rodeo competition at the civic center and they were able to rope the bull and get him back to the trailer.

NTSB set to release cause of fiery North Dakota train crash

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board will soon release the cause of a 2013 oil train derailment in eastern North Dakota.

The accident happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed in front of an oil tanker train near the small town of Casselton. It caused a series of explosions and the evacuation of hundreds of Casselton residents. No injuries were reported.

The incident contributed to a national discussion about the safety of moving oil by train.

NTSB investigators posted hundreds of pages of records on the derailment in 2015 and noted a broken train axle was found, but it wasn’t pinpointed as a cause.

NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss tells KFGO radio that results of the investigation should be released when the board meets next Tuesday.

Data-Intensive Farm Management Research project is looking for participating farmers

The Data-Intensive Farm Management Research project is a 4-year, $4 million USDA-sponsored research project, based at the Universities of Illinois and Nebraska, that uses precision agriculture technology to conduct large-scale, on-farm nitrogen fertilizer and seeding rate field trials. DIFM is looking for Midwest corn farmers to participate in the research in 2017 and years following.

Participating farmers should have access to precision equipment for fertilizing and planting, to a yield monitor, and be willing to make a field of 80 acres or larger available for field trials. DIFM will fully compensate farmers for any profit losses incurred due to participation. All participating farmers also receive a $500 yearly “thank-you” stipend. Participation requires minimal inconvenience to the farmer. After every year, researchers will carefully analyze the data from each field trial, and provide farmers with information about the management implications suggested by the trial data. Informational meetings will be held at the U of I campus on Feb. 20 and 27.

A detailed description of farmer participation in the DIFM project can found at http://bit.ly/2kR05VI.

— University of Illinois

New Ulm man killed in farm accident

COURTLAND, Minn. — A New Ulm man was killed in a farming accident near Courtland on Sunday.

Kyle Ross Segelstrom, 27, died after a hydraulic lift failed, according to a Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Segelstrom was helping a friend work on an end dump-style grain wagon. They were lowering the box of the wagon when the hydraulic cylinder that was holding up the box failed. Segelstrom was pinned between the box and the wagon’s frame.

Segelstrom was pronounced dead at the scene.