Western Sugar Cooperative
HUNTLEY — It was barely noon and already 94 farm trucks had unloaded sugar beets at the Huntley pile — 1,700 tons — and another 10 trucks were waiting to feed the conveyor.
Even for a bunch of sugar beet farmers, the challenges of this year’s harvest are little bit sticky.
Before Sunday’s hail storm shredded Terral Balzer’s crops, the Worden farmer had a feeling things were going just a little too well.
The Western Sugar Cooperative has been cited for a dozen workplace violations and hit with a proposed fine of $71,000 stemming from the Jan. 4 death of an employee at its Lovell, Wyo., facility.
Farmers are struggling with cold, wet weather — including snow — as they seed the 2014 crop.
One of Billings’ fastest-growing neighborhoods will soon have a new restaurant with a familiar name.
Some of the last sugar beets of this year’s campaign are scooped up at Western Sugar Cooperative’s refinery in Billings on Tuesday.
Western Sugar Cooperative will finish making sugar in Billings early next week, marking one of its longer campaigns in recent years.
The Western Sugar Cooperative is recalling 3,700 tons of animal feed distributed by a Lovell sugar beet factory where a woman was killed after falling into its water system.
The Western Sugar Cooperative announced on Tuesday that it has halted operations at its plant in Lovell, Wyo., while it puts into place a sanitation plan the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested and approved in the wake of an employee’s death at the factory on Jan. 4.
Anfesa Marie Galaktionoff, 28, has been named as the woman who died at the Western Sugar refinery in Lovell on Saturday, according to the Big Horn County sheriff's office.
The sugar beet harvest was a sticky mess — and that was just the mud, say regional refineries who all but completed harvest this week.
EDGAR — The Wetstein brothers were pretty beat down.
Officially, the precipitation in Billings has been average this year, as in 101 percent. But normal? No. Kelly Brester wouldn’t go along with that.
Standing water reflects the Western Sugar refinery in Billings as heavy rain shuts down the beet harvest.
Beet farmers wait to unload their crop at a Western Sugar facility near Pompeys Pillar on Monday.
Dale Karst harvests sugar beets in late September near Worden.
The Golden Parnassus & Tanning at 1447 Grand Ave., has closed and another spa and salon has opened at that location.
The Western Sugar Cooperative’s Billings plant has been cited with 17 safety and health violations and faces a possible fine of $193,300, the largest such fine levied in Montana in a year.
Fifty-eight years after it was set aside as a neighborhood park, a square parcel of land on Monad Road is still a six-acre field of weeds.