Bill Gates is tied to a farmland purchase in North Dakota. Why does that matter?

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Farmland changing hands isn't uncommon, especially in a state as focused on agribusiness as North Dakota. But when AgWeek broke the story recently that a recent land sale is tied to billionaire Bill Gates , people took notice— including the North Dakota Attorney General's office .

Why, and why do these transactions matter? AgWeek Editor Jenny Schlecht joins the show to talk about this story and why it matters to rural North Dakotans.

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Over the years, as Mary Jo Schmid and Brent Larson built a new farmhouse, moved an old barn on the property and steadily made improvements at Crooked Lane Farm, the couple say they didn’t feel so much “retired” as “re-fired.” They’ve opened their doors to so many people — bridal parties, car buffs, blacksmiths and artists — that Crooked Lane has at times become a very crowded lane.
The business, expected to open in September, will have five golf simulators and offer appetizers, pizza and liquor.
According to a post written on the business’s Facebook page, the decision to move was necessitated by the fact that the owner of the building leased the space to a new tenant.
The fast-food favorite known for its soft-serve ice cream, shakes, burgers and fries will likely open in October, an owner said.
Owner Rob Roberts says he figures it's time to start looking for a successor to keep the artisanal bakery going after he hangs up his apron.
Owner Troy Thomson said with its modern kitchen equipment and furnishings, 117 Broadway N. would be a turnkey operation for restaurateurs.

Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over two years, primarily reporting on business news. Reach him at or by calling 701-353-8363. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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