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Top 10 stories of 2017 from Agweek staff

2017 has been a year of growth for Agweek. We thank all of our readers for getting their agriculture and rural life news from us.

We're taking a look back at some of the stories that stuck with readers this year. Here's a list featuring the Top 10 most read stories from our staff on

#10 McM Inc lists $49.7 million in debts, $10.3 million in assets

Ron McMartin Jr.

Stories related to the bankruptcy of McM Inc., a massive farming entity, made numerous spots on our Top 10 list. McM's report of debts and assets in its bankruptcy filing comes in at No. 10.

#9 Health insurance has become farmers' new No. 1 worry

Val and Mark Wagner stand on their Monango, N.D. farm where they grow crops and raise beef cattle on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.

The first piece in Jonathan Knutson's series on healthcare continues to generate attention and is our No. 9 story of the year.

#8 A fitting goodbye for a farmer

Friends of John Williams on Oct. 20 parked farm machinery across from the Arthur Cemetery in tribute to Williams.

Many readers were touched by the efforts of friends to give a touching sendoff to a North Dakota farmer, making it our No. 8 most-read story.

#7 McMartin discloses financials

Another piece of the story of the McM bankruptcy, this one about Ron McMartin Jr. disclosing financial information, hit No. 7 on our list.

#6 Friends haul grain for family of MN farmer killed in crash

Jason Johnston, a Sherack, Minn., farmer who was killed late last year in a traffic accident, stands with his children.

Jonathan Knutson's story about friends stepping up to haul grain for the family of a Minnesota farmer killed in a crash pulled on heartstrings across the region and became our No. 6 story.

#5 Judge names receiver for McMartin

In August, a story about a judge naming a receiver in the McM bankruptcy garnered No. 5 on our list.

#4 McMartin files individual Chapter 7

Likewise in September, when Ron McMartin Jr. filed a personal bankruptcy case in addition to the McM bankruptcy, people were interested, pulling it to No. 4.

#3 High-value North Dakota farm liquidates

McM Inc. continues to interest people in the region. The first story about its bankruptcy made it to No. 3 on our list.

#2 A letter to Barron

Every kid should get to ride in a tractor.

Katie Pinke's letter inviting Pres. Donald Trump's youngest child to visit North Dakota and see some tractors like the ones that seemed to catch his eye at the inauguration climbed to No. 2.

#1 Why I quit praying for rain

Bales of hay sit in brown fields where rain is desperately needed in south central North Dakota.

During the heart of the drought, Katie Pinke wrote about why she was no longer praying for rain. The column topped our list of most-read stories for the year.