Big crop, equipment breakdown put Minn-Dak a month behind on beet slicing

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WAHPETON, N.D. — Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative was supposed to have been done slicing sugar beets June 5, but is expected to continue through the end of the month — perhaps...

A loader digs into a 120,000-ton pile of beets on June 5 at the Minn-Dak Farmers Co-op in Wahpeton, N.D., on June 5. Beneath about 1.5 feet of deteriorated beets, the pile was still frozen hard after a cold winter.  (Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service)
Three, 80,000-ton storage sheds that normally keep beets frozen into late May at Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton, N.D., this year are augmented with blue, leased “chillers” intended to keep them as late as early July.(Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service)
A big 2017 crop, followed by the failure of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative’s diffusion tower, a silo at left that is 35 feet in diameter and 115 feet tall -- cost a precious 13 days of down time in March (Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service)
Kurt Wickstrom is in his fifth year as president and chief executive officer of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative of Wahpeton, N.D.  (Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service)

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