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Associated Press, Published October 26 2012

Longstanding Minot livestock auction to close

MINOT, N.D. — A livestock auction business in Minot that has been a staple of the area ranching scene for more than half a century is being forced to close to make way for new railroad tracks.

The Minot Daily News reports that BNSF Railway earlier this month gave Northern Livestock Auction until Jan. 31 to move off its property, where the auction leases land. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring helped negotiate an extension until March 15.

Auction co-owner Roger Sundsbak says he isn't shocked that the railroad is expanding track in the area, given the booming business in the western oil patch. He has planned the last sale at Northern Livestock for Jan. 29.

Sundsbak isn't sure whether the auction will sell off its equipment or rebuild somewhere else.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.