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Troy Anderson, left, Don Carlson and Dennis Carlson greet passing motorists Tuesday as they display union signs while being locked out of their jobs at American Crystal Sugar in Moorhead. Anderson penned a song titled "Union Lockout 2011" that was uploaded to YouTube. David Samson / The Forum

'It was kind of brutal at the table': Previous American Crystal labor dispute offered lessons

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MOORHEAD - After a strike by American Crystal Sugar workers 30 years ago, the mediator who helped the cooperative and labor union find common ground also gave them some advice: You'd better learn how to talk to each other.

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"It was kind of brutal at the table, let me tell you," said Dan Gust Jr., president of the American Federation of Grain Millers Local 266 in Moorhead during the 28-day strike.

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