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Nexyst plans to close on a $1.1 million purchase agreement for at least 137 acres in the Willmar Industrial Park to construct an agricultural distribution complex.
The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) union, representing more than 6,000 members, said on Wednesday, Oct. 26, that workers voted against ratifying a national tentative agreement reached in mid-September, the second union not to approve the deal.
Even if those votes fail, a rail shutdown that could have happened as soon as midnight Friday has been averted for several weeks due to the standard language included in such a deal.
Friday, Sept. 16, is the end of a cooling period in negotiations between railroad unions and the nation's major carriers. If no contract is reached by then, a strike halting a key artery of commerce could begin, barring congressional action.
"A rail strike would be extremely disruptive to the North Dakota grower harvest, which is just around the corner for corn," according to Brenda Elmer, executive director of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association.

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