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Crystal’s profits drop by 32 percent but still near record high

December 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

MOORHEAD, Minn. American Crystal Sugar saw its net proceeds slump by almost a third for its 2012 reporting year, although it posted its second-highest payments to beet growers in history. Continue Reading

Locked-out Crystal Sugar workers reject offer for 4th time

December 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers rejected the company’s contract offer for the fourth time Saturday. Fifty-five percent of union workers voted to reject the contract, down from the 63 percent that voted to reject the same offer earlier this summer.
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American Crystal: Union may vote soon on contract

November 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

American Crystal Sugar management is expecting locked-out union workers to vote again on a labor contract in a little more than a week. In the past thre votes, including the one that led to the workers’ lockout Aug. 1, union members have voted overwhelmingly against the contract. Continue Reading

Sugar beet harvest gets going again

October 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Red River Valley’s sugar beet crop is the odd man out in this season of early planted, early harvested crops, with digging actually behind normal schedules. Continue Reading

Union tries new ways to win sympathy, but will it work?

October 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Union leaders and management officials claim the public is on their side, but labor experts say public opinion has limited impact in labor disputes. Continue Reading

Despite union lockout, boycott, beet harvest rumbles on

October 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Sugar beet farmers in the Red River Valley are busy harvesting a bumper crop this fall, the second harvest since American Crystal Sugar locked 1,300 union workers out of its five factories in a labor dispute. Unions hope a national consumer boycott against Crystal Sugar will pressure the company to settle, but the beet farmers who own the American Crystal Sugar cooperative are not feeling that pressure. Continue Reading

Adams to join new school co-op, Drayton agrees to $3.15 million bond

October 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Voters in Adams, N.D., and Park River, N.D., decided Tuesday to combine their school districts. In another school vote Tuesday, Drayton (N.D.) School District voters approved a $3.15 million bond issue by the narrowest of margins. Continue Reading

Drayton school asks voters for $3.15 million

September 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Drayton (N.D.) School District is asking voters to approve a $3.15 million bond issue on Oct. 9. The money is needed for a new roof and several other physical improvements to the elementary-high school building, according to Superintendent Hy Schlieve. Continue Reading

Locked-out workers to caravan

May 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Locked-out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers said Tuesday they plan to travel 200 miles by foot and hay wagon to draw attention to the 10-month-old lockout. Continue Reading

Crystal planting starts as 2011 slice finale comes

April 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Sugar beet processing season is coming to a close in the Red River Valley, even as the planting season is revving up. Jeff Schweitzer, spokesman for American Crystal Sugar Co. in Moorhead, Minn., said most of the factories are down to processing beets in cold storage sheds. In some cases, the remaining beet storages are equipped with chilling mat covers, with large refrigeration units that can be employed if necessary. Continue Reading