GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar Co. has begun advertising that it's seeking workers for its sugar factories, signaling a new phase in the company's lockout of its 1,300 union workers, which is in its fourth month.

The new ads ran Sunday in several newspapers, including the Grand Forks Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, the Herald reported Monday (http://bit.ly/soeXnd ). The ads lay out the salary and benefits prospective workers can expect.

The lockout began Aug. 1 when the union and the sugar beet processor could not agree on a new contract. American Crystal has been using temporary replacement workers at its plants in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Those workers have been brought in through a company based in Minnesota.

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