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American Crystal union sets 5th contract vote

HILLSBORO, N.D. - Locked-out American Crystal Sugar union workers will hold a fifth vote on the company's last contract offer on April 13, according to Gayln Olson, president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Local 372G in Hillsboro.

The union's last vote on the contract was in December, when 55 percent of union workers voted to reject the contract, down from 63 percent that opposed the same offer in June.

Ninety-six percent of the locked-out workers rejected the offer in July 2011 and 90 percent rejected it three months later.

About 1,300 American Crystal workers were locked out in August 2011 following the rejection of the company's contract offer that July.

American Crystal officials have said the contract offer would be their final one and that the contract would raise worker pay by 17 percent over five years.

Union leaders have said the contract would dismantle worker health coverage and compromise safety and product quality.


Man dies in rollover on U.S. 85

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- An Alaskan man was killed in a one-vehicle accident Sunday in McKenzie County.

Jason Harman, 27, of Anchorage, Alaska, was southbound on U.S. Highway 85 at 9:20 p.m. when he drove off the roadway and rolled his 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 multiple times.

Harman was ejected from the vehicle.

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Man killed in crash with semi

DUNN CENTER, N.D. -- A 23-year-old Mandan man is dead after a head-on collision with a semi-trailer early Sunday on N.D. Highway 200 in northern Dunn County, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Scott Anthony Wills was westbound in his 1993 Ford pickup when he crossed the centerline and struck a 2008 Freightliner semi driven by Brian Eugene Ballard, 36 of Monterey, La., who was hauling salt water to a disposal site east of Dunn Center.

Wills was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene. Ballard was injured and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center in Dickinson.



Moorhead police say bust was medical pot

MOORHEAD, Minn. - Police seized 5 pounds of pot while executing a search warrant here on Thursday, the latest in a string of drug busts allegedly involving medical marijuana imported from states that have legalized it.

Investigators conducted the search Thursday afternoon, also seizing more than $5,000 in cash, a 9 mm pistol and a .270-caliber rifle, according to a news release from Lt. Tory Jacobson.

Andrew Tyler Seeley, 25, was arrested without incident and taken to the Clay County Jail, where he was being held on potential charges of controlled substance possession/distribution, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Moorhead police say the medicinal marijuana is believed to have been grown by a person licensed in California to grow it.


Stabbing lands one in hospital, one in jail

PINE RIVER, Minn. - A 49-year-old man was arrested following a stabbing Sunday in rural Pine River, the Cass County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Monday.

Sheriff's deputies received a call at 6:13 p.m. about a disturbance at a home in Powers Township.

The news release said deputies arrived and found a 55-year-old man who had been stabbed in the stomach. Richard Thomas Knutson of Backus was taken to a St. Cloud hospital to be treated for injuries.

The release also said Loren Rice, 49, from the Pine River area had been arrested in connection with the investigation. Formal charges have not been filed yet.


Two burned in beet plant accident

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- Two people were burned in a weekend accident at the American Crystal Sugar plant in East Grand Forks.

The East Grand Forks Fire Department responded to the call shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday.

The two men were transported to Altru Hospital in Grand Fo Their names and conditions had not been released by emergency officials or company officials Monday.

rks.While some news reports said the men suffered burns from near-boiling water, those reports were not confirmed Monday by fire department or hospital spokespersons.

The Minnesota office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reviewing details of the accident Monday, according to James Honerman, OSHA spokesman in St. Paul. He said the agency will determine its response once the review is completed.