A canola processing plant in Hallock, Minn., is finishing up its first year of operation — and laying the regulatory foundation for possible expansion.
The Northstar Agri Industries plant, which began operations in May 2012, now processes 1,000 tons of canola daily.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to build the 30,000-square-foot facility on an undeveloped 10-acre parcel of vacant land in the southwest portion of the Pembina County community of 675. The city beat out two other finalists: Joliette, N.D., and Hallock, Minn.
At his Hallock, Minn., home, Ben Rosenau has a three-car garage and a two-car garage. “But, all of our cars are outside,” said his wife, Michelle.
That’s because the two garages are stuffed with stuff, much of it coming from rummage sales. I got a peek at their purchasing power Friday when they were participants in the “Rummaging with Ryan” Herald promotion.
A Kennedy, Minn., woman charged with stealing more than $44,000 from her friend and employer will serve 30 days in jail. Miranda Sue Gustafson, 34, made an initial restitution payment of $30,000 before being sentenced for theft Tuesday in state District Court in Hallock, Minn., according to state’s attorney Roger Malm.
The population erosion in the Kittson County seat is expected to be stemmed by this summer’s startup of a canola oil processing plant. But, city leaders have added another incentive to locate here — free home lots.
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