Regional journalist Ann Bailey will report that at least 2.5 million acres of North Dakota farmland was not planted this spring because they were too wet, according to USDA Farm Service Agency estimates.

Eighteen percent of the state’s farmers have not not yet certified their prevented planting acres, which means the number of unplanted acres likely will grow, said Brad Thykeson, North Dakota Farm Service Agency state executive director.

“We have them in every county, although the eastern side of North Dakota is the heaviest hit,” he said.

Bailey also will report on Barber LeRoy Pederson, who has made a life out of cutting hair. The Grand Forks resident has the distinction of being a barber for 67 years – longer than anyone else in North Dakota.

Business journalist Adam Kurtz has been finding that shoppers looking to replace a home appliance can expect lengthy delays, as the coronavirus pandemic has tied up shipping, while manufacturers have had to reduce production.

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What started in March with a run on freezers, as people looked to stock up on food while staying home, has snowballed into a situation that is seeing record high sales on products that have yet to be assembled. Some retailers in the region are saying shoppers are shocked, frustrated and, ultimately, resigned to waiting up to four months or beyond for their items. In the meantime, service calls have taken a jump as people look to have older appliances repaired.

“What we're hearing from our manufacturers is they can't find anybody to work the lines, so they're operating at 20% capacity right now,” said Andy Schneider, owner of Dakota TV and Appliance.

Look for these stories online and in print on Friday and through the weekend.