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Odds of spring flooding remain low in eastern North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the threat of spring flooding along the Red River in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota remains “quite low.”

An updated flood outlook released Thursday estimates about a 5 percent chance the Red River will go over 30 feet in Fargo, which is 12 feet above flood stage. Although that figure is considered major flood stage, the city has built up its defenses in recent years to handle that level without needing to place sandbags.

The last significant flood fight for the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota area was in 2013.

The outlook says there’s a 5 percent chance that Devils Lake in northeastern North Dakota will reach an elevation of 1,451.3 feet. The record crest was set in June 2011 at 1,454.3 feet.

Fire destroys storage shed in Minnesota

Dispatchers with the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a farm building on fire, at a residence southeast of Pelican Rapids, on Feb. 11.

Authorities say that a 100-by 50-foot equipment and storage shed was a complete loss as a result of the incident. Investigators believe that a block heater or extension cord may have been responsible for the damages.

Although a value has not been calculated for the property involved, the press release indicates that several tractors, a skid steer, and other farm-related equipment were destroyed by the fire. No injuries were reported.

In addition to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, emergency services were provided by the Pelican Rapids and Elizabeth fire departments.

— Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Minn., McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Winona County, Minn., supports environment with rain garden grants

WINONA — The snow may still cover the ground, but Winona County is looking forward to warmer weather and rainfall.

The county is offering 50 percent cost-share grants of a maximum of $250 for residents in the county — that’s outside the city of Winona — who are looking to install rain gardens on their property. The county will provide instructional guidance as well.

The rain gardens must be visible to passersby and serve as a resource to promote rain gardens within the community, according to the county website. Grant applications will be accepted through June 30. The rain garden must be maintained for a minimum of five years, with periodic review by project staff. A selection committee will award grants based on site location, amount of runoff to be reduced and public visibility of the garden.

The county recommends native plants in planning your garden with an eye toward soil infiltration.

Questions about the application process can be directed to Lauren Jensen at ljensen@co.winona.mn.us or 507-457-6574.

— Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn., McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Abilene Machine announces new website launch

Abilene, Kansas – Abilene Machine, an ag replacement parts company in the U.S., recently announced the launch of its newly redesigned website. The new website offers quick and easy access to more than 12,000 replacement ag parts, as well as used engines and equipment. The website also has advanced search capabilities, including a model-specific search function, and thousands of new product images.

The new website has a clean, modern design with improved functionality and was designed to offer a user-friendly experience; it is also mobile friendly. The new website went live Feb. 1 and is located at the same address, www.abilenemachine.com.

“We are excited about our new website launch and the enhanced customer experience it provides for our customers,” said Mike Aufdemberge, Abilene Machine CEO. “We are confident that this new site will make it easier for our customers to find the ag replacement parts they need.”

Abilene Machine’s website will be updated on a regular basis with new replacement parts as well as used engines and equipment. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for company emails at www.abilenemachine.com.

Tractor Supply donates pet food to humane society

Aberdeen’s Tractor Supply Co. has donated 30 bags of pet food to feed dogs and cats in need of adoption at the Aberdeen Humane Society, according to a news release.

“More often than not, animal shelters and rescues depend greatly on food donations to support the pets they take in that await adoption,” Aberdeen store manager Jeff Bruse said in the release. “Our goal at Tractor Supply is to do our part in helping adoption efforts in our community because we know that pets are more than just dogs and cats, they are family.”

Tractor Supply, 2201 Sixth Ave. S.E., Suite 22, also hosts pet adoption events. For more information, visit TSCEventPartners.com or call 605-225-5888.

— Staff reports