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Minnesota cattle barn king arrested for grand theft of livestock

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The owner or co-owner of 15 cattle sale barns in Long Prairie, Motley, Fergus Falls, and other locations in three states was taken into custody in Fergus Falls June 23 and faces a class three felony theft charge in South Dakota.

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Joey J. Varner, 52, of Pierz, Minn., is accused of stealing 188 head of 800-pound heifer cattle reporting missing from the Watertown (S.D.) Livestock Auction on March 3, according to the Todd County (Minn.) Sheriff's Department.

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