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ND cattle shooting reward largest in state history

Dakota Community Bank and two of its owners have helped grow a cattle shooting reward fund established by the North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA) to the largest in state history. The reward, which is connected to an Oliver County case where nine cattle were shot on July 4, now stands at $13,000.

Dakota Community Bank President Dale Pahlke and Vice President Stan Sayler presented the NDSA $3,000 in support of the association's and the local county sheriff's ongoing efforts to bring the livestock criminals to justice.

"Dakota Community Bank does business with farmers and ranchers throughout southwest North Dakota every day," said Pahlke, a long-time supporter of cattle producers and the NDSA. "It is disturbing, to say the least, that someone would be out in the country randomly shooting and destroying cattle. We're hopeful that the added money will entice people who know details about this crime to start talking."

The NDSA offers a standing $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone caught shooting, stealing or butchering cattle, horses and mules in North Dakota. The animals' owners Miles and Marjorie Tomac and John and Kim Dixon, all of Mandan, previously added $9,000 to the fund for the Oliver County Case, which, with the additional $3,000 from Pahlke, Sayler and Dakota Community Bank, has become the largest reward ever offered through the NDSA in its 83-year history, according to NDSA Brand Board Chairman Steve Brooks of Bowman.

"We appreciate Dakota Community Bank's commitment to livestock producers throughout the region and we are committed to working with the Oliver County Sheriff's Office to find the people responsible for this senseless crime and to bring them to justice," Brooks said.

The $13,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. If two or more people offer information, the reward may be split, according to NDSA Chief Brand Inspector Stan Misek of Bismarck.

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Those with information about the shooting should contact the Oliver County Sheriff's office at 701-794-3450 or Misek at 701-223-2522.

– North Dakota Stockmen's Association