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North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame chooses its inductees

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame has announced the inductees for 2017.

Seven people and one event will be inducted this month, the Minot Daily News reported. The inductees were announced during the 2017 Premiere at The Center of Western Heritage and Cultures in Medora.

Categories for the inductees include Great Westerner, Long Rider and Modern-era Ranching.

Among those to be inducted is Clarence Parker. The Minot native is a widely recognized pioneer in rancher, experienced horseman, cowboy, former professional jockey and a prominent Minot businessman.

Modern-era Ranching inductee James Connolly is a long time rancher, who helped formed the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.

White Earth Valley Saddle Club, which has held rodeos since July 1957, will be receiving a special achievement award.

The induction ceremony will be held June 24 at Tjaden Terrace. An induction dinner is also expected to take place June 23. The dinner is for inductees, their friends and family. It is also open to the public.

Colorado man gets probation for Nebraska tractor sale scheme

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Colorado man has been given five years of probation for a tractor sale scheme in Nebraska.

Federal prosecutors say 63-year-old Benedict Palen Jr., of Denver, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Omaha. He was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and pay the remaining unpaid restitution of $2,500.

Prosecutors say Palen, acting through his company, Great Plains Farms, sold a tractor in September 2012 to a party in Holdrege, Nebraska, and to someone in North Dakota. Investigators say the tractor actually was sold in 2011 by Palen to a company in Florida.

Prosecutors say Palen also sold a different tractor to someone in Bertrand, Nebraska, that also had been sold to the Florida company.

Colorado man gets probation for Nebraska tractor sale scheme

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Colorado man has been given five years of probation for a tractor sale scheme in Nebraska.

Federal prosecutors say 63-year-old Benedict Palen Jr., of Denver, was sentenced on May 5 in U.S. District Court in Omaha. He was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and pay the remaining unpaid restitution of $2,500.

Prosecutors say Palen, acting through his company, Great Plains Farms, sold a tractor in September 2012 to a party in Holdrege, Nebraska, and to someone in North Dakota. Investigators say the tractor actually was sold in 2011 by Palen to a company in Florida.

Prosecutors say Palen also sold a different tractor to someone in Bertrand, Nebraska, that also had been sold to the Florida company.