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Published April 21, 2010, 11:35 AM

Boucher appeals for delay in Dakota Growers Pasta Co. sale

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Democratic candidate for North Dakota agriculture commissioner wants Gov. John Hoeven to ask for a delay in the sale of Dakota Growers Pasta Co.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Democratic candidate for North Dakota agriculture commissioner wants Gov. John Hoeven to ask for a delay in the sale of Dakota Growers Pasta Co.

Merle Boucher says there should be more public discussion of the sale’s impact on North Dakota durum growers, and how much public money was spent helping the company get started.

Canadian grain and food processing company Viterra Inc. is offering to buy the stock of the Carrington company for $18.28 a share. It lasts until May 3.

Boucher sent a letter to Hoeven asking the governor to request a three-month delay in the sale.

Boucher says North Dakota’s state government, rural cooperatives and the city of Carrington helped Dakota Growers get favorable financing terms when it was starting up. He thinks they should get some benefit from the sale.

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