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Lake Region Livestock of Devils Lake, ND, sold

Lake Region Livestock of Devils Lake, North Dakota, has been sold to employee, Chris Plummer, of Langdon, North Dakota. The previous owners, Jim and Mary Ziegler, had owned the barn for 33 years, and will help with the transition.

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Chris Plummer of Langdon, North Dakota, has purchased Lake Region Livestock in Devils Lake, North Dakota, from Jim and Mary Ziegler, who owned it for more than three decades. Photo taken Aug. 31, 2021, at Devils Lake, North Dakota. Mikkel Pates / Agweek

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Lake Region Livestock at Devils Lake, North Dakota, has a new owner in the new year — Chris Plummer of Langdon.

Plummer takes over from Jim and Mary Ziegler, who just announced the change as of Jan. 1, 2021, after 33 years in the business.

Plummer has a background in livestock management and feeding and has worked at the barn for several years. The Zieglers will continue to support and help ensure a smooth transition. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture verifies that the company livestock dealer license became effective Nov. 17, 2021, and runs through June 30, 2022. The concurrent auction market license is effective through March 31, 2022, when all such licenses are renewed. The company has a $170,000 bond through Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

The Zieglers had been dealt a setback in 2020, when cattle buyer Brian Gader of Napoleon, North Dakota, bounced a check for $270,000 . The court has ordered Gader to pay the Zieglers .

Mikkel Pates is an agricultural journalist, creating print, online and television stories for Agweek magazine and Agweek TV.
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