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Published January 26, 2011, 08:28 AM

ND woman sues over fingers severed in meat grinder

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman who says four of her fingers were severed in an electric meat grinder is suing the companies that designed and sold the machine she alleges was defective and lacked sufficient safety warnings.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman who says four of her fingers were severed in an electric meat grinder is suing the companies that designed and sold the machine she alleges was defective and lacked sufficient safety warnings.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that 53-year-old Ruth Bornsen of Larimore and her husband, Nathan, are seeking more than $150,000 in damages in the incident at his meat processing business in Emerado. The suit was filed against Pragotrade and Cabela's.

The Pragotrade company denies the allegations and says the couple's negligence caused Bornsen's injuries. Retailer Cabela's is seeking to be dismissed as a defendant because it did not make the grinder.

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