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Hunter Hanson

Hunter Brian Hanson operated grain merchandising businesses in Devils Lake. 

FARGO — A judge has ruled against Hunter Hanson in one of the cases filed against the grain trader who was shut down by the state of North Dakota last year.

Hanson, 21, said he’d handled some $23 million in transactions in just a couple of years doing business as Midwest Grain Trading and NoDak Grain, both based in Devils Lake. But when financial problems mounted last year, it prompted the North Dakota Public Service Commission to shut down his businesses and drove some of those he owed money to file civil suits against him.

E Y Inc., in Jud, received a $64,888.68 judgment against Hanson in Northeast District Court in Benson County on Feb. 28. The judgment comes with a standard 8.5 percent interest.

Hanson’s trading practices also launched a criminal case.

A North Central District judge in Stanley on April 4 will hold a pre-trial conference on Hanson’s felony charges for writing checks with non-sufficient funds.

In a preliminary hearing on Feb. 7, the judge found sufficient evidence that a crime was committed and that Hanson had committed it. Hanson pleaded not guilty to a charge related to writing a $94,480.41 check to United Quality Cooperative based in Mountrail County. Hanson’s attorney in the case is Lucas Wynn of Fargo.

Other pending civil cases include:

  • United Quality Cooperative also has a civil case in North Central District Court in Mountrail County filed Jan 17. The suit claims Hanson failed to pay $347,939.75 after receiving possession of durum and yellow peas.
  • Dillon Dione, Rolette, served a civil case against Hanson in Northeast District Court in Benson County.

Filings with PSC

There also are more than $7.3 million in claims filed with the PSC against Hanson’s businesses so far. The PSC has been appointed trustee in his insolvency.

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The PSC says claimants have until early April to file loss claims against Hanson. The exact cut-off date is dependent on publication dates of legal notices and can be adjusted by the PSC, said Konrad Crockford, director of compliance. The form for making complaints is available on the PSC website.

Evicted

In a March 1 hearing in Fargo, a judge allowed EagleRidge Property Management of Fargo to evict Hanson from an apartment in West Fargo.

Hanson had failed to pay either his February or March rent at $1,425 a month. The judge approved a judgment against Hanson of $3,618.50, including legal fees, for EagleRidge.

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