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Union to offer new proposal to end Crystal Sugar lockout

The Grand Forks Herald reports the union representing 1,300 workers from around the Red River Valley plans to bring new proposals to the table in an attempt to end the lockout that has lasted for more than 70 days.
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The Grand Forks Herald reports the union representing 1,300 workers from around the Red River Valley plans to bring new proposals to the table in an attempt to end the lockout that has lasted for more than 70 days.

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