American Crystal Sugar Company – Beet Harvest Road Peril

Today the INSIDER EXCLUSIVE “Goes Behind The Headlines” in in American Crystal Sugar Company—Beet Harvest Road Peril …to meet with Steve Gabrielson @ the Stephen Gabrielson Ltd law firm who successfully represented Dan Rassat ….. when he was seriously injured During the pre-dawn hours of October 17, 2007.

Dan Rassat and a group of friends were driving through North Dakota on a duck hunting trip…. Just east of Cavalier, ND, on westbound North Dakota State Highway 5, when they ran into the back of a semi hauling a water tanker.
The collision occurred near the entrance to the ACS Hamilton beet piling station.

The highway adjacent to the entrance to the piling station was completely covered with inches of slippery, wet mud.

The back of the semi was so obliterated with mud that its taillights and reflectors were invisible. The semi had just left the beet piling station, and the driver, because of the muddy conditions, was having trouble getting his semi up to speed. When the driver of the pickup truck applied his brakes, the mud on the road made his efforts hopeless, and the pickup slid into the back of the semi.

Dan sustained serious injuries, including multiple tears of his small and large intestines, and a fractured L3 vertebra. He was rushed to the hospital in Fargo, ND, for immediate surgery.

Several companies were named as responsible parties for causing Dan’s serious injuries, but the biggest challenge was to prove that American Crystal Sugar, the largest sugar producer in the world had created the dangerous and muddy conditions on the roadway, adjacent to the beet piling station.

The North Dakota beet harvest campaign typically runs from early September to late October. Beets are harvested and emptied into trucks in the fields. The trucks transport the beets over the public highways to various ACS beet piling stations.

After the harvest campaign, the beets are hauled to an ACS processing plant, where they are refined into sugar.

North Dakota law assigns authority and responsibility for the construction, maintenance, protection, and control of the highways to the North Dakota Department of Transportation. A landowner, in the absence of a statute to the contrary, owes no duty to the public to keep the highway adjacent to his property in a safe condition.

But, North Dakota law, however, does subject a landowner to liability if the landowner affirmatively creates or contributes to an artificial condition on an adjacent highway that involves an unreasonable risk to others.

Steve Gabrielson’s law firm developed a very successful legal strategy to show that ACS contributed to the hazardous highway conditions and was aware of them and settled the case successfully ….right before trial.

Throughout his career, Steve Gabrielson has earned a reputation as an unyielding advocate and lawyer who repeatedly represents individual men, women, and families in search of the truth in the name of justice.

And he repeatedly wins.

Steve has earned the highest respect from citizens and lawyers alike…. as ome of the best Trial lawyers in Sartell…. In Minnesota….. and across the nation.

The Insider Exclusive News team discovered that no other attorney in the St. Cloud/Brainerd area has tried as many cases for injury victims as he has, in the past 20 years, and Steve’s experience has allowed him to earn both State and National certification as a Civil Trial Specialist, an award granted to less than 1% of Minnesota attorneys.

He’s tried cases in more than 20 Minnesota counties, and has won large settlements for clients throughout Minnesota and other states.
And has built a substantial reputation nationwide by consistently winning cases other law firms have turned down.

Steve’s spirit and dedication is often compared to President Teddy Roosevelt’s…especially when it comes to being in the courtroom…in the arena he knows so well…

Steve believes in, and lives by Teddy Roosevelt’s words….

• “It is not the critic who counts or the man who points out how the strong man stumbled….or where the doer of deeds could have done better…..

• The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…. whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood….

• who knows the great enthusiasms…. the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause….

• Daring greatly…. so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Steve”s amazing courtroom skills and headline grabbing success rate continue to provide his clients with the results they need……And the results they deserve.

You can contact Steve Gabrielson @ or 320 829 4499 and 800 940 8130