Benefits may end for some American Crystal workers 06 Jul 12

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – 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 tells the Grand Forks Herald 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.

Information from: Grand Forks Herald,