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Mark Froemke, a local official with the AFL-CIO and former worker at the American Crystal Sugar plant in East Grand Forks greets American Crystal president and CEO David Berg, left, and vice-president for administration Brian Ingulsrud,second from left at a dinner following a prayer service in United Lutheran Church Wednesday. Crystal board chairman Robert Green is seated at the right. Photo by Eric Hylden

American Crystal Lockout: Ending a fight in God's house

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There were prayers, hymns, scripture and some tears Wednesday during a worship service at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks aimed at reconciliation in the long-running labor dispute between American Crystal Sugar Co. and its 1,300 locked-out union workers.

It was led by Lutheran bishops from the region, but all were welcome. About 120 attended, including sugar beet growers, union members and the top brass of American Crystal, kneeling together, in some cases, for prayer.

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