An invasive plant species is keeping area ranchers and the Barnes County Weed Control Board on its toes.
Weed Control Director Jim McAllister said Spotted Knapweed has been in the area for about eight years, but now it is threatening a widespread infestation.
â€śWe consider thereâ€™s probably 225 acres infested, and the bad part about it is it makes pasture virtually worthless,â€ť he said. â€śThe Knapweed is an annual or a short-lived biennial, but it still has the ability to choke out anything thatâ€™s growing.â€ť
Eight faculty members and one translator from Hangzhou, China visited Valley City Wednesday where they toured Valley City State University and the downtown area.
Each summer, a group of faculty from Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) College visit the Fargo area, and VCSU partners with North Dakota State University to host a portion of their visit.
The professors arrived at about 9 a.m. and started their tour at the university.
Governor Jack Dalrymple signed an executive order on Monday that suspends the limit of sulfates in the Sheyenne River as the new outlets on East Devils Lake pump high-sulfate water into the river which is the primary source of drinking water for Valley City.