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U.S. northern Plains ranchers welcome hay lottery

Reuters — Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations. The prize? Tons and tons of hay. Ranchers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana have been suffering through the region’s worst drought in 30 […] Read more



Minnesota’s Winnie Benson (left) and cousin Dawn Taylor of Carstairs examine the grave marker of their great-great-grandmother at ghost hamlet of Masinasin.

A genealogical mystery brings a family together

Winnie Benson wanted to know the fate of her 
great-great-grandmother, but she found something much more


For more than a quarter of a century Winnie Benson had dreamed of this moment. With Carstairs’ Dawn Taylor at her side, she knelt down on the sun-scorched ground of a long-forgotten southern Alberta cemetery and caressed the ancient etchings of a flat gravestone marking the final resting place of Drusilla Ennis, the pair’s great-great-grandmother. […] Read more



Canada blocking poultry from Montana, South Dakota

Canada is blocking cross-border shopping for raw poultry, eggs and live birds from another border state, after H5N2 avian flu was confirmed in central Montana on Friday. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Friday expanded restrictions that block travellers to Canada from H5N2-positive states from bringing in live birds, hatching eggs, eggs, yolks, egg […] Read more