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Crystal Sugar asks ND Supreme Court to rehear case

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -

Lawyers for American Crystal Sugar are asking the North Dakota Supreme Court to reconsider a decision to grant locked-out workers unemployment benefits.

   The petition to rehear the case was filed with the state Supreme Court this week.

   The Court ruled last month that more than 400 locked-out workers in North Dakota are eligible for unemployment benefits from Job Service North Dakota.

   Crystal Sugar spokesman Brian Ingulsud says the company pays into an insurance fund so the unemployment benefits "have an impact on us."

   Fargo attorney Dan Phillips represented the locked-out workers. He told The Forum that petitions to rehear cases are unusual.

   Nearly 1,300 American Crystal Sugar workers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa have been locked out since Aug. 1, 2011, after their union rejected the cooperative's proposed contract.

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