'We got our butt kicked' by flooding, and are adapting

MINOT, N.D. — Donna Bye's tour of the city she loves takes you by her old home, the red one on the left that, in 2011, flooded with 5 feet of Souris River water and backed-up sewage.

In the months after that, Bye's husband and father-in-law cleaned out the home and rebuilt it. And then, uncertain whether it would be eligible for a buyout and unwilling to live in limbo for perhaps a decade or more, she and her husband reluctantly decided to sell. A landscape architect by training, Bye loved living near the wooded river bottom for the oaks and ashes and gardening potential, loved how she knew her neighbors, loved how it was the place she brought her babies home to after they were born.

"It was very painful to put that 'for sale' sign up in front of our house," she said. "But yet, somewhere down the line, that was me being resilient before I knew what it meant. In order for me to make a long-term investment in the next 10 years of my career, I needed to not be worrying about, and I needed to not be fighting that looming purchase or buyout that eventually I knew would come." CONTINUE READING >>>


In the honey capital of America, bees are adapting, too

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Zac Browning waited for the visitors dressed head to toe in hooded beekeeping suits to tromp out of a tree-lined grove sheltering stacks of wooden hives that contain about 80 honeybee colonies.

Then, after they'd exited, he carefully straightened three milkweed plants, the knee-high stalks nearly indistinguishable from the surrounding greenery in the apiary

Browning's employees had mowed around the milkweed, essential habitat for the migrating monarch butterflies that lay eggs under the plant's broad leaves. CONTINUE READING >>>


N.D. adapts to climate change, without saying it's real

WING, N.D. — Darrell Oswald can be downright evangelical about the holistic approach he takes to cattle and rangeland management, a way of ranching that, when possible, mimics the cycles of nature at work 150 years ago when bison roamed the land his family now ranches.

It has changed his life, and his family's, for the better, Oswald said.

"The way we think, when we're way more concerned about the land and the soil and what goes on at the ranch, the economics seem to take care of itself," Oswald said. "The other things just all seem to fall into line." CONTINUE READING >>>