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     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Two of North Dakota's largest farm groups are holding annual meetings this week.
     The North Dakota Farmers Union is holding its state convention Friday and Saturday in Minot. The keynote address Friday afternoon will be given by Deputy U.S. Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse.
     The North Dakota Farm Bureau is gathering in Bismarck on Friday and Saturday. The speaker at the Saturday evening banquet is professional agriculture and business speaker Damian Mason.


     AMIDON, N.D. (AP) - Some ranchers and others in southwestern North Dakota are sending a bit of holiday cheer to their counterparts in northwestern South Dakota who are recovering from a devastating early October blizzard.
     Volunteer Linda Narum, of Amidon, tells KXMB-TV donations of everything from turkeys to homemade pies to money have been coming in from around Slope County. She says she's overwhelmed by the support. More than 200 people have contributed items or volunteer time for the Thanksgiving baskets.
     Children began putting the baskets together on Wednesday and were continuing Thursday. Volunteers plan to deliver the baskets to 55 ranchers Friday.
     The blizzard that hit with surprising intensity on Oct. 4 dumped up to 4 feet of snow in western South Dakota, killing more than 15,000 cattle, sheep, horses and bison.

     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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