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Many help in starting of new Hillsboro bakery

December 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Dan Christianson and Ed Olsen arrived at 5 a.m. Friday with lawn chairs and two propane heaters. The early arrivals weren’t seeking flat screens or the latest technology, however. The products in demand were pastries, at the much-anticipated Our Town Bakery opening on Main Street in Hillsboro. Continue Reading

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

PREP FOOTBALL: Hillsboro falls to Wyndmere 27-0

October 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Though they were tied, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood was getting beat at every punch by Hillsboro-Central Valley. Whatever W-L coach Scott Strenge told his players at halftime, though, must have worked as W-L pulled away in the final 24 minutes to beat the Burros. Continue Reading

Family, fellow farmers gather to harvest Hillsboro man’s crop

July 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Leon Bertsch injured his Achilles heel while playing kickball last month during the Hillsboro Days celebration.
While recuperating from surgery at home, the 53-year-old died unexpectedly Monday. Continue Reading

Workers, company ready for talks Friday

June 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

As a single mother of two and a four-year employee of American Crystal Sugar’s plant in Hillsboro, N.D., Rochelle Harley never had trouble making ends meet until the company’s lockout put her out of work 10 months ago. Harley and about 100 other workers rallied in front of American Crystal’s headquarters here Wednesday in the final stage of a 200-mile march that began last week. Continue Reading

Crystal union lobbies for give and take in talks

May 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

American Crystal Sugar union leaders say they’re willing to give on some key sticking points when they sit down for talks with company management next week, but need a similar attitude from the other side of the negotiating table to make progress toward ending 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

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