American Crystal Sugar begins hiring local replacement workers

The company says it got more than a hundred applications after running newspaper ads over the weekend. The lockout started four months ago.
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The company says it got more than a hundred applications after running newspaper ads over the weekend. The lockout started four months ago.

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