MANKATO, Minn. — While on-farm grain entrapment deaths have grabbed headlines this year, grain elevators are not immune to the same kinds of problems. The Occupational Safety and Health Association in February 2020 cited Interstate Commodities, a New York-based company, with seven repeat and 10 serious safety violations for the death of Zane Fecht, 32, of Bellevue, Neb., in September 2019 at an elevator north of Fremont, Neb.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A South Dakota man has been indicted in federal court on allegations that he was marketing conventional agricultural products as organic for at least five years and using the proceeds to propel him to an extravagant lifestyle of yachts, jewelry and fancy vehicles in a Florida mansion. But public records in North Dakota and South Dakota show that Kent Duane Anderson may have been skirting grain trading regulations and failing to pay farmers and grain elevators since at least 2006.
MORRIS, Minn. — Kara Nell likens her work to developing a very special claw game. Nell, an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Minnesota Morris, is trying to develop a material to remove nitrates from water sources.