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Engelkes was sentenced on April 1, nearly five years after officials from the USDA learned he had removed pledged grain without prior approval and sold it.
Cargill, the multi-national agribusiness company based in Minnesota, is suing an insurance company it says should have paid under a crime loss policy after Cargill lost $45 million in an employee fraud scheme. Two Cargill employees conspired with a vendor, Women’s Distribution Services, or WDS, of South Carolina, to overcharge Cargill for their own benefit.
North Dakota farmer Kurt Groszhans has been accused of attempted assassination in Ukraine, but his family thinks it’s a business matter gone wrong.
Two people were killed and one was injured after an employee who had been fired from a Nebraska grain elevator returned with a gun.

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Two Red Angus cows were found shot in Kidder County, and investigators are hoping someone will bring information forward that leads to arrests and convictions.
An Erhard, Minn., horse was the victim of a suspected shooting on Jan. 28.
A Seattle, Wash., employee of a South Dakota custom combining company pleads guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol in a rare combine crash, and pays a $750 fine, after flipping a combine into a ditch on Aug. 31, 2020, near Berthold, N.D., in Ward County.
Authorities working on 'Irish Traveller' construction scams. Man urges getting bids in writing, not accepting same-day deals.
ELBOW LAKE, Minn. -- The facilities of the Ashby (Minn.) Co-operative Elevator Co., remain unsold, more than a year after the company went insolvent. The Ashby co-op on Dec. 31, 2018, executed an assignment for the benefit of creditors, which led...
Mikkel Pates talks with a co-op that was hit hard by Hunter Hanson, losing more than $768,000. To read more about this case, click here. For a timeline of events in the Hunter Hanson case, click here.

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In November 2018, on the same day the North Dakota Public Service Commission was issuing a cease and desist order for roving grain trader Hunter Hanson and his companies, Mikkel Pates interviewed Hanson for about half an hour at the Forum buildin...
BUTNER, N.C. -- Jerry Hennessey, who used money from the elevator he managed in Minnesota to pay for big-games hunting trips, on July 29 reported to the low-security area of Butner Federal Correctional Institution in North Carolina.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Hunter Hanson told U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland he "got overwhelmed" in his grain trading business, leading to a situation in which he defrauded at least 60 farmers, grain elevators and grain brokers in North Dakota, Minne...

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