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Manitoba Grain Growers Face Long Haul After Fire

Few local shipping options after local elevator burned to ground

Days after fire razed a Crystal City grain elevator to the ground, Kyle Holman had an extra 400 bushels of wheat to move, and no local terminal, reports the Manitoba Co-operator.

The wooden grain elevator, owned by Paterson Grain, burned Aug. 20, with flames eventually spreading to a local hardware store. A second Paterson elevator escaped unharmed.

The fire has eliminated the closest local grain hauling option for producers in the area, many of whom are now in the full swing of harvest and have little time for a long haul.

Murray Froese, Paterson Grain’s director of corporate affairs, has not confirmed how much grain was lost in the blaze, saying only that it was a “significant loss.”

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