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Leaflets backing American Crystal workers turn up on grocery store shelves

Shoppers in the Fargo area are finding fliers supporting the locked-out workers near the company's products on local store shelves. One store owner says union members are planting the leaflets, not store employees.
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Shoppers in the Fargo area are finding fliers supporting the locked-out workers near the company's products on local store shelves. One store owner says union members are planting the leaflets, not store employees.

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