Late changes to a plan seeking stricter rules on buffer zones separating farmland and public waterways speeds the timeline for compliance and carries possible fines of up to $500 for violators.
Gov. Mark Dayton has been labeled “the buffer bully” and run into severe resistance with a plan requiring farmers to leave more space between cropland and sensitive waterways.
Near the town of Carlos, you’ll find frozen farmland as far as the eye can see. But on Pat Waldorf’s farm, things are starting to heat up. “Needed a place to skate other than the rink in town. Needed a little more ice time, so we thought ‘Why not get some buddies together and build our own rink?'” Waldorf said. Using a “if you build it, they will come” mentality, Waldorf decided to build a hockey rink in the middle of a farm.
The heartache for Scott and Faith Bergemann began last Thursday night. They came home to find 3 feet of water in their basement, and spent all of the next day hauling out what little they could salvage.
Minnesota farmland prices are maintaining their sharp rise, and officials with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis say the higher prices reflect the strong agricultural economy.
Researchers have found the state’s black bear population continues to expand from its usual forest habitat into farmland in northwestern Minnesota, raising the chances of dangerous run-ins with humans.