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Crystal sugar workers could see benefits end

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Jul 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KNSI) Some Minnesota employees of American Crystal Sugar could soon see their jobless benefits end.

Workers at East Grand Forks, Crookston and Moorhead factories automatically became eligible for 26 weeks of unemployment benefits when the lockout began in August 2011.

Monte Hanson, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, says during the state's recovery from the recession and high unemployment, the initial 26 weeks were extended to 46 weeks and then 60. However, once Minnesota's unemployment rate stabilized below 6 percent, benefits were capped at 46 weeks.

Hanson says the benefits could run out depending when workers applied for their payments. For instance, workers who didn't reach the end of their 46 weeks of benefits by June 23 won't receive the extension.

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