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Minnesota cattle company sued over scheme to 'disguise' operations to hide from creditors

The cattleman running a western Minnesota feedlot transferred the reins of the family beef business to his college-aged daughter to shield the indebted operation from creditors, according to a federal lawsuit filed earlier this year.

Now, after months of legal wrangling - and a failure to hire an attorney to represent his company - a federal court in St. Paul is primed to deliver a default judgment against the cattle company that traces its roots back to the 1860s. Such a ruling would add to a cluster of issues facing the feedlot.

Not too long ago, Thomas Revier, a cattle seller from Renville County, sat atop Minnesota's beef world. A 2020 profile by the Star Tribune referred to Revier's operation as the state's largest, with a feedlot in Olivia swelling to over 10,000 animals and a direct-to-restaurant and grocery store boxed-beef operation spanning nearly two dozen states.


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