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Dawn Lelm, Published November 29 2011

Relationships require trust

I have been married for 18 years to a good man. Making that relationship successful has required hard work, honest communication, compromise and trust. For 12 of those 18 years my husband has also been in a relationship with American Crystal Sugar Company. That relationship was broken Aug. 1. That broken relationship has been most difficult to explain to my children.

It is time to start rebuilding this broken relationship for all involved. American Crystal Sugar (that includes the growers) and the union need to fight for this relationship. It’s not going to be easy. It is going to be painful. It is going to require hard work, honest communication, trust and compromise. For the sake of the broken hurting families and communities involved, this needs to be done sooner than later.

Because right now there are no winners on either side ... only losers.