After the potato harvest, fields like this one near Mantle Lake Park in Presque Isle, seen in 2015, can lay bare until spring. Decades of potato farming in some areas has led to soil depletion and compaction, which many farmers are now trying to manage with cover crops and extended crop rotations.

Treating soil like the living organism it is would benefit potato yields, experts say

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 19, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
“The challenge is building soil quality in a potato system that’s relying on intensive tillage, and it’s very intensive tillage.”
A deer can be seen in Oxbow in this November 2016 file photo.

Number of car-deer crashes on the rise in Aroostook County

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:11 p.m.
State police in Aroostook County are warning motorists to be on the lookout for deer in the roadway after a number of car-deer crashes over the past few weeks in the region.
About a foot of snow closed out 2016 in central Aroostook County as contractors hit the city streets and rural roads at the end of December to clear the way before the next storm in early January.

Caribou sees snowiest first half of winter in nine years

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 18, 2017, at 2:49 p.m.
More than 50 inches of snow fell on the Caribou area in December and through Jan. 15.

Presque Isle’s WAGM-TV avoids DISH Network blackout

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 18, 2017, at 9:29 a.m.
WAGM-TV, the Presque Isle-based affiliate of CBS and FOX, avoided a blackout on DISH Network after the station’s parent company reached a last-minute agreement with the satellite television service.

Presque Isle’s WAGM disputing drop from DISH Network

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
Because of a contract dispute, WAGM-TV, the Presque Isle-based affiliate of CBS and FOX, is facing the possibility of being dropped by the satellite television service DISH Network.
A barn at the family homestead of Jonas Gingrich, one of six Amish barns in Easton granted a property tax abatement by the Aroostook County Commissioners in the summer of 2016, can be seen recently in Easton. In January 2017, the Aroostook County Superior Court sided with the town of Easton and ruled that the tax abatements should not have been granted.

Justice overturns tax abatements granted on Amish barns in Aroostook County

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 16, 2017, at 3:45 p.m.
A Superior Court justice has overturned a decision by Aroostook County commissioners that had granted tax abatements to Amish families in Easton who said their barns were over-assessed in a 2015 property tax revaluation.
Kevin Paradis, plant manager at Maibec in Masardis

New plant manager settling in at Maibec mill

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:51 a.m.
Kevin Paradis has been working as a logger and in mills for much of his life, and now he’s overseeing one of the largest in northern Maine’s Route 11 forestry cluster.

Fire chief: Whiteout conditions caused ambulance to go off road in Aroostook County

on Jan. 13, 2017, at 5:57 p.m.
Whiteout conditions caused an ambulance to go off the road in northern Aroostook County Friday, according to the chief of the Van Buren Fire Department.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 1.13.17 edition

on Jan. 13, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.

Fire damages home in Fort Kent

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 7:31 p.m.
“There was heavy fire showing when we arrived,” Fort Kent Fire Chief Ed Endee said outside of the home.
Dead River Company's new inter-modal fuel depot in Presque Isle is set to start operations by the end of January 2017.

Dead River set to begin new depot in Presque Isle

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 12, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
A new propane distribution facility is opening in the Skyway Industrial Park, replacing a similar facility in Caribou that’s no longer being serviced by the railroad and state government.
Josephine Jordan, 3, peers out from the doorway leading to her family's front hall after coming down from the upstairs to investigate the sound of visitors on Dec. 9, 2016.

Inside the isolation of the first refugee family to be resettled in small-town Maine

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
We chronicled one child’s yearning to be understood.

Lawmaker proposes bills to abolish MSAD 27, change withdrawal law

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
Of the more than dozen bill titles submitted by Rep. John Martin (D-Eagle Lake) at the start of this session, two appear to be be directly related to issues surrounding Maine School Administrative District 27’s recent conflicts with several of its member communities, including Martin’s home town.

Eagle Lake man charged in stabbing incident

BDN staff reports on Jan. 10, 2017, at 5:54 p.m.
The 20-year-old victim of an alleged stabbing here on Monday has been transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he is in stable condition, according to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.

After dip, Aroostook County Action Program sees resurgence in heating oil applicants

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 10, 2017, at 2:32 p.m.
After seeing a dip in the number of people seeking services last winter, the Aroostook County Action Program is seeing a resurgence in those looking for help to pay their heating bills this winter.
Firefighters battle a structure fire at 250 Hare Road in Monticello on Monday.

Monticello man suffers burns, is homeless after fire

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:57 a.m.
A Monticello man suffered minor burns and lost all of his possessions in a fire Monday.

29-year-old man in custody after stabbing incident in Eagle Lake

By Jessica Potila, Fiddlehead Focus on Jan. 10, 2017, at 6:46 a.m.
29-year-old resident of a group home was taken into custody in connection with a stabbing at the facility.

Caribou restaurant reopens within hours of fire

By Christopher Bouchard, Aroostook Republican & News on Jan. 09, 2017, at 5:43 p.m.
Despite a fire striking about noon Monday at the Jade Palace in the Skyway Plaza, the Chinese restaurant was back in business about four hours later.
Matthew Carr of Houlton

Houlton councilor resigns

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Jan. 09, 2017, at 3:06 p.m.
The Houlton Town Council is down one member after the resignation of Matthew Carr.
Firefighters battle a structure fire at 250 Hare Road in Monticello on Monday.

Firefighters battle structure fire in Monticello

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 09, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
Firefighters from more than three departments are on the scene of a structure fire in Monticello.