COURAGE IN THE KITCHEN Lightly Candied Sweet Potatoes
For my family, a holiday dinner was not complete unless we had baked sweet potatoes. Mom baked them next to the turkey or ham, cut each lovely potato in two or three pieces and taught us how to peel t... Posted on 3/13/13 at 8:44 AM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Union supporters part of anti-lockout drive
By Don Davis
A lockout of 1,300 workers in the Red River Valley has become evidence for Minnesota Legislature Democrats as they draw up bills to restrict the management practice.
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THE NEW FORTY Pass the sugar, Daddy.
I cannot be alone in thinking that Crystal Harris (Hugh Hefner's new bride) is a sugar addict. And what better place to find a daddy to provide sugar than Hugh Hefner? He has got to be one of the the ... Posted on 1/3/13 at 11:20 PM
CUTE N' COMFY DIY Gifts: Body Scrubs
Being home for the holidays and traveling from here to there and every where else has forced me to blog from my phone. The other day I briefly wrote about some sugar scrubs that my mom, sister and I m... Posted on 12/29/12 at 10:36 AM
HEALTHBEAT How sweet it isn't?
First it was fats, then carbohydrates. Now sugar has joined the ranks of nutritional villainy.
With Christmas approaching on a tidal wave of candy canes and gingerbread, one can't help wondering: Is ... Posted on 12/21/12 at 2:40 PM
Locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers have another chance to say yes or no to a contract Saturday but they are again facing a choice they rejected more than a year ago. A yes vote means a contract that is mostly unchanged from what they have already rejected and that could lessen their power as a union. A no vote means a continuation of the 16-month lockout and its financial hardships.
There is a debate raging about the role of sugar in today’s diet and its relationship to disease. There are those who say sugar ruins the nation’s health and it’s a primary dietary evil that leads to obesity and other diseases.
New York City officials have said they plans to ban the sale of sodas and other sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and venues. Cutting back on pop and juice could be a good thing, local health officials said, but healthy eating is more than that.
Sugary sodas and juices have become a target in the war on obesity recently, especially with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announcing he was planning to ban sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces.
In a lawsuit that goes before a Los Angeles federal judge today, sugar producers accuse their corn industry rivals of false advertising in a campaign that casts the liquid sweetener as “nutritionally the same as table sugar” and claims “your body can’t tell the difference.”
In a lawsuit that goes before a Los Angeles federal judge Wednesday, sugar producers accuse their corn industry rivals of false advertising in a campaign that casts the liquid sweetener as “nutritionally the same as table sugar” and claims “your body can’t tell the difference.” Sugar forces argue that high fructose corn syrup is far less healthy than their product and are demanding that the ads run by the Corn Refiners Association be halted and that the corn association pay unspecified monetary damages.
N.D., Minn. officials react to GOP presidential hopefuls’ debate call Monday to end federal sugar subsidies Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney called for the end of federal sugar subsidies during Monday’s Republican presidential debate in Florida, but Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said Tuesday that the comments show the candidates are spreading “misinformation” about a vital program that does not subsidize the sugar industry.
After a “very emotional and very difficult” Tuesday meeting with about 70 American Crystal Sugar Co. employees in Grand Forks, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said he is “not totally pessimistic” that a new development could end the lockout.
About 20 years ago, co-ops were all the rage in the upper Midwest. Led by American Crystal Sugar and Dakota Growers in Carrington, N.D., farmer-owned and value-added businesses were going to make us all rich. As for American Crystal, today it is the most successful agricultural investment in the region. But there are problems, some of which were created by poor management decisions.
"You can fault American Crystal's workers for being out of touch with reality...," Star Tribune columnist Eric Wieffering writes. "But you also have to fault American Crystal for insisting on seniority language that it knew the union would never accept."
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