FAIRMOUNT, N.D.– A vandal or vandals have hit a Richland County, North Dakota farm, and the target of the vandalism, Mark Meyer, says the damage is costly and a big mess.
Meyer says somebody opened the side taps of two-grain bins sometime Sunday night and released about 150,000 bushels of dried corn onto the ground at the farm located 6 miles west of Fairmount. The vandalism was discovered by Meyer’s son early Monday morning.
Meyer says a crew of about 20 people has been working since then to recover as much of the corn as they can before a snowstorm hits later this week. Meyer estimates he will lose about 6,000 bushels of the corn that ended up in a water-filled ditch and an unspecified amount that fell on gravel, which will have to be disposed of.
The Richland County Sheriff’s office is investigating the vandalism.
Story and photo courtesy KFGO Radio Fargo.