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GLYNDON, Minn. — Vice President Mike Pence, standing with farmers at a Red River Valley sugar beet and crop farm, delivered a simple message aimed at Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., regarding the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement. “We’re grateful that Congressman Peterson is supporting USMCA. But I think it’s absolutely essential that Congressman Peterson, who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, carry the message of agriculture here in Minnesota and across America, to the Democratic leadership in the House,” Pence said Thursday, May 9.
ST. PAUL — Farmers who have conducted business with the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator must submit a bond claim by March 23, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture said. The Ashby co-op ceased operations Sept. 14 because of an investigation into embezzlement by its longtime manager. The MDA deadline applies to farmers who have not received payment or who had grain stored at the elevator, according to a Feb. 22 news release.
MINNEAPOLIS — The former general manager of the defunct Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. pleaded guilty to federal felony charges of mail fraud and income tax evasion in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on Thursday, Feb. 14.
ELBOW LAKE, Minn. — Recently filed court documents include photos of hunting trophies at the home of a former Minnesota farm elevator manager who is accused of using money from the co-op to pay for his big-game hunting trips. Jerry Hennessey is facing federal charges related to the case while the business he managed, Ashby Farmers Co-op Elevator, pursues a civil case against the former manager.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The U.S. attorney for Minnesota is charging former Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. general manager Jerome “Jerry” Hennessey with two counts of mail fraud, and a new federal income tax evasion charge as authorities investigate allegations that Hennessey used co-op funds to bankroll big-game hunting trips and other personal expenses. Hennessey “used his position as the manager of the Co-op to obtain a line of credit for the Co-op in the amount of approximately $8 million,” said John Kokkinen, assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case, in a filing on Dec. 18.
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