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Chahinkapa Zoo’s white tiger dies

The Chahinkapa Zoo shared some sad news Monday. Neena, their beloved white Bengal tiger, passed away Saturday, August 3.

“She lived a long happy life at Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton,” Zoo Director Kathy Diekman said. “Neena lived to be 17 years old. Tigers typically live 10 years in the wild.”

Neena was diagnosed with pancreatitis recently and received excellent veterinary care to keep her comfortable, Diekman shared.

“The zoo staff remembers Neena coming to the zoo as a young cat from the Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona. She will be missed by thousands of zoo friends,” Diekman said.

Condolences began pouring in on the zoo’s Facebook page Monday afternoon.

Neena shared an enclosure with male Bengal tiger, Hobbes.


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Yeeee-haaaaw!

Activity filled the streets and attractions of Abercrombie, North Dakota, between Friday, Aug. 2-Sunday, Aug. 4.

The northern Richland County city hosted its annual Aber Days festival. It included everything from the eighth annual rodeo to demonstrations at Fort Abercrombie Historic Site and the parade through downtown Abercrombie.

Fans filled the stands at the rodeo site, located across from Fort Abercrombie. They cheered on the horsemen and horsewomen demonstrating their skills, groaning when a rider fell or failed to complete a stunt. Proceeds benefited fire and rescue operations in Abercrombie.

The Bar S Rodeo Company, based out of Englevale, North Dakota, entertained the crowd. Bar S puts on rodeos throughout the Red River Valley and is scheduled to appear in Milnor, North Dakota, on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Hours before the rodeo, Bob Welch and his son Jack, 8, “drove” a covered wagon down Broadway, Abercrombie. Residents of Vermillion, South Dakota, the duo added old fashioned flair to Fort Abercrombie’s float.

Law enforcement from North Dakota and Minnesota participated in the parade. Fire engines and ambulances from Abercrombie, Dwight, Christine and Colfax, North Dakota, traveled the parade route. They were joined by fire engines from Breckenridge, Minnesota.

Youth of all ages rode in vehicles and greeted spectators. They included contestants in the Little Miss/Mr. Pageant and members of the Colts, Richland 44 High Schools’ girls basketball team. Athletes also included members of the Southern Valley Figure Skating Club.

Two of Richland County’s political leaders rode in the parade. Rep. Alisa Mitskog, D-District 25, was soon followed by Sen. Larry Luick, R-District 25.

Unique automobiles, often a parade favorite, were included in the Abercrombie event. A 1924 Model T Ford owned by Leslie Johnson of Wolverton, Minnesota, drove down Broadway. Earlier, spectators checked out sporty vehicles like a Chevy Camaro and a Pontiac Catalina.

Following the rodeo, country rock band Silverado headlined the annual street dance in downtown Abercrombie.

Between Saturday and Sunday, Fort Abercrombie Historic Site had events to entertain residents and visitors. They included the tin plate photography booth, blacksmith and tinsmith demonstrations, examples of Civil War drills and more.

For Abercrombie’s summer hours continue through Monday, Sept. 2. The site is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

More Aber Day photos are available at www.wahpetondailynews.com.


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Sudden death syndrome may impact soybeans
Know the warning signs, conditions

A disease new to Richland County, North Dakota, could have negative impacts on local soybean production.

Agronomists and agriculture agents advise farmers to watch for warning signs of sudden death syndrome. Common in southern Minnesota and South Dakota, the disease has symptoms and pathogens which correspond with plant samples taken from Richland County in 2018.

“It’s not something that we’ve detected in North Dakota until last year,” said Chandra Langseth, agriculture and natural resource agent for the NDSU Extension of Richland County.

Sudden death syndrome is commonly observed in a crop’s leaves. Yellow spots between leaf veins, or interveinal chlorosis, is an early symptom. The lesions may expand and turn brown while the spots expand between veins, Crop Protection Network stated. This condition is known as interveinal necrosis.

“As the disease progresses, leaves die and prematurely fall from the plant, while petioles remain attached to the stem,” Crop Protection Network continued.

Symptoms are similar to those found with diseases like brown stem rot, Langseth said. Because of this, diagnosis of sudden death syndrome requires thorough investigation. Plant samples taken in Richland County have been extensively tested.

“They have been unable to isolate the particular pathogen that causes sudden death in that plant,” Langseth continued. “We are pretty certain that (disease) is what was found in Richland County.”

Additional tests are needed before sudden death syndrome is officially announced.

“In North America, the fungus ‘fusarium virguliforme’ causes SDS,” Crop Protection Network stated. The presence of other pathogens, such as soybean cyst nematode (SCN), can also exacerbate disease.”

Pathologists from North Dakota State University surveyed hundreds of fields, largely in eastern North Dakota, in 2018. Plants with typical sudden death symptoms were identified in central Richland County. Samples from that field and other fields in the area were taken and continue to be tested.

“We start to see the symptoms in late July and early August, so it’s a good opportunity to talk about this now,” Langseth said. “Affected plans look pretty much healthy until this point. It starts minor and becomes severe.”

It is uncertain how sudden death syndrome pathogens arrived in Richland County.

“This is a residue-borne disease, which can move with soil and plant residue. Other diseases we’ve seen are moved with equipment or through soil erosion. With sudden death, we’re unsure how long the pathogen’s been here and where it came from,” Langseth said.

Yield losses due to sudden death syndrome can be highly variable and depend on several factors, according to Crop Protection Network.

“If symptoms develop later in the season, or weather is not conducive for disease development, yield losses can be minimal,” the organization stated.

An entire field is rarely lost, Crop Protection Network continued, because sudden death syndrome often occurs in patches.

“In general, once diseases are seen, it is too late to treat them. Right now, it’s about identification and management for the future,” Langseth said.

Should a farmer find sudden death syndrome symptoms in their soybean crop, the common course of action is to work with agronomists and agents to establish a course of action for future years.

Sudden death syndrome is considered typically worse when it occurs in an area where the planting season was cool and wet. Richland County experienced those conditions this year, Langseth explained

“This is a ‘good year’ for scouting for symptoms,” she said. “We’re likely to see them this year rather than other years.”

For additional information, contact the NDSU Extension’s Richland County office. It’s open from 8-5 a.m. at the Richland County Courthouse, 418 Second Ave. N. in Wahpeton. Langseth can also be reached at 701-642-7793.


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Two Breckenridge, Minn., residents facing multiple drug counts

Two Breckenridge, Minnesota, residents were charged in Wilkin County District Court last week for multiple drug-related counts relating to incidents in late July.

Nicole Louise Hasse, 25, is charged with five felony counts, one gross misdemeanor and three misdemeanors. There are two felony charges for third degree possession of a schedule one or two narcotic, LSD, MDA or MDMA in a school, park or public housing zone. She is charged with a third count of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, a felony. Fourth and fifth felony counts against her are fifth degree possession of a not small amount of marijuana. The sixth charge is endangering a child by possessing a controlled substance.

She is also facing charges of possess/control/manufacture/sell/furnish/dispense/dispose of of hypodermic needles/syringes, unlawful possession/sell/give away/barter/exchange/distribute of legend drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

Jake Austin Robinson, 35, is charged with two felony counts, one gross misdemeanor and two misdemeanors. The first felony count is store meth paraphernalia in the presence of child or vulnerable adult, and the second felony count is fifth degree possession of not small amount of marijuana.

The gross misdemeanor charge is endanger child — permit present sale/possess controlled substance. A fourth count is a misdemeanor for possession of hypodermic syringes or needles and the fifth is a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The criminal complaint states that on July 30, 2019, members of the Breckenridge Police Department were traveling to Hasse and Robinson’s residence to execute a search warrant when they saw Robinson driving a Ford Windstar registered to Hasse.

They pulled Robinson’s van over and detained him. After he consented to them searching the van, law enforcement discovered drug-related paraphernalia and a plastic bag which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Later that afternoon, members of the Breckenridge Police Department and four SEMCA agents searched the house. Present at the house when law enforcement arrived were a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, children of Hasse and Robinson. Hasse’s mother answered the door for law enforcement and removed the children from the scene, the complaint states.

Hasse arrived at the house during the search and was detained. The officers found drug paraphernalia including, syringes, tin foil smoking devices and spoons, according to court documents.

Narcotics were also found, in addition to baggies with residue, burnt marijuana, baggie containing a small amount of a white crystalline substance and a baggie containing a white substance. Some of the substances tested positive for meth, according to the complaint.

The complaint states that several of the locations where drugs or drug paraphernalia were located were accessible by the children.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement received a warrant to receive data from the cell phone of a “known” drug dealer in Breckenridge, Minnesota. They saw that several text messages between Robinson and the dealer indicated that they had met for “transactions of illegal drugs.” They noticed that text messages from the dealer to a third party stated that “out of supply but he [the third party] could try Jake and Nicole,” the complaint states.

SEMCA conducted a garbage pull at the address at which Robinson and Hasse live. They found hypodermic needles and plastic bags on July 24, several days before law enforcement executed the search warrant.

Robinson and Hasse are scheduled to make their initial appearance on Tuesday, Aug. 13 in Wilkin County District Court.


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4 Things to Know Today

1 Today’s Fact: In 1991, CERN computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee published the first website and webpage, which offered information about the World Wide Web project.

2 Today in History: In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed some voting qualifications thought to disenfranchise black voters.

3 National Night Out: The public is invited to the annual community picnic with law enforcement tonight, Aug. 6, from 5-7 p.m., at OxCart Trail Park in Breckenridge. Free food, games, music and giveaways.

4 One Stop Shop: The Back to School One Stop Shop runs 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Wahpeton High School.


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Student in Josette Rodriguez and Mikayla Gessell’s class at St. John’s School Daycare