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Lanowners warned of sly buying practices

Assessor's Office reports example of "middle man" tactics

If you feel strongly that your ranch should forever remain a part of the agricultural community, the Crook County Assessor’s Office is recommending caution at this time if you are approached by a potential buyer.

All might not be as it seems, say Theresa Curren and Tracey Jundt, who recently handled what they describe as an eyecatching purchase on behalf of a development company.

The incident involved a 720-acre ranch within the county. The owners were approached by a developer with an offer to buy the land.

“There are a lot of ranchers who, if they sell, don’t want to see their land developed...

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