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Explosion, Fire Reported at Sartell Paper Mill

Joan Merz

SARTELL, Minn. (AP) – Benton County authorities say there’s been “a major explosion” at the Verso paper mill in Sartell, and heavy black smoke began pouring out of the center of the mill.

County emergency manager Jim McDermott says there have been some injuries but he didn’t immediately know the number or severity. A hospital official confirms that two people are being treated at the St. Cloud Hospital emergency room.

A St. Cloud Times report
says the explosion occurred Monday before noon. McDermott says the fire is in an area where there are wood products. Officials aren’t worried about chemicals, and the local neighborhood is not being evacuated.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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