With 82 percent of Bakery Workers union members voting, 63 percent voted against the contract. The labor dispute has been ongoing since July 31 when members first voted on the contract. Since then, about 1,300 workers have been locked out and management has hired temporary replacement workers.
The Crookston Fire Department put out a small fire in a pea dryer Tuesday evening at the Crookston Bean plant. According to Fire Chief Tim Froeber, a passerby noticed smoke coming from the building at 1600 South Main Street about 7:40 p.m. and called the department.
A long-fought tax battle between Polk County, Minn., and American Crystal Sugar Co. over the value of the beet-processing plants in East Grand Forks and Crookston has been resolved, and both sides say they are glad.
By Stephen J. Lee, Forum Communications Co.
, April 22, 2010
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