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Freeport Flour Mill Owner Won’t Rebuild

Abby Faulkner

FREEPORT  (AP) – The owner of the Swany White flour mill that burned down in central Minnesota says he won’t rebuild.

But Gary Thelen says he’s considering relaunching the brand’s specialty products, like pancake and organic bread mixes, flaxseed and oatmeal. But he says it’s too soon to make decisions.

The mill has been in the Thelen family since 1903, and recently produced 750,000 pounds of flour per year. It’s a complete loss from Tuesday’s fire.

It’s not economically feasible to rebuild. The machinery dated back to 1897 or 1913.

He had insurance and is stilling trying to determine his losses.

He says the loss is hard and a big piece of history has died.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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