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President David Berg of Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar Co. tells fellow manufacturers Friday that his company is donig well, but faces tough international competition. In an interview, he said that the sugar industry historically has not been affected by economic downturns like is happening now. (Don Davis/St. Paul Bureau)

Minnesota economy sweet and sour

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - American Crystal Sugar Co.'s future is sweet, despite current economic turmoil, if history is any indication.

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But not so much for many Minnesota manufacturers.

"They are down, but optimistic," President David Olson of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce said about the state's manufacturers.

On the other hand, David Berg, Crystal Sugar's president, remained optimistic about his firm's future.

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