Great Plains

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Shrugging off winter’s bite in N. Dakota oilfields

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some people were choosing to stay indoors as an arctic blast swept across the Northern Plains, but the prospect of temperatures not cracking single digits had a different effect on the […]

12/05/2013

Tim Samaras (r), and Carl Young (l), professional storm chasers. (Discovery Channel News / AP Photo)

3 veteran storm chasers killed by Oklahoma tornado

(AP) – Three veteran storm chasers died doing what they loved: roaming the Great Plains in search of dangerous storms like the one in Oklahoma that ended their final pursuit. Tim Samaras, his son Paul and […]

06/03/2013

US oil production

Trains playing major role in Plains oil boom

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Energy companies behind the oil boom sweeping the Northern Plains increasingly are turning to trains to move their crude across the U.S. as existing pipelines can’t keep up with demand.

12/28/2012

Feeding candy to cows (audio)

  Cattle farmers struggling with record corn prices are feeding their cows candy instead. That’s right, candy. Chocolate bars, gummy worms, ice cream sprinkles, marshmallows, bits of hard candy and even powdered hot chocolate mix, according […]

10/11/2012

Report: Drought worsens in key farm states

(AP) – The latest U.S. drought map shows that excessively parched conditions continue to worsen in the Plains states that are key producers of corn and soybean crops. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map released […]

08/09/2012