Explosion, fire reported at Sartell paper mill


SARTELL, Minn. (AP) — An explosion at a Sartell paper mill caused a major fire in the plant along the Mississippi River.

Sartell city manager Patti Gartland says the explosion was shortly before noon Monday at the Verso Paper Corp. mill. She says authorities don't know what caused it.

Seven fire departments are helping battle the blaze which Gartland says was 50 percent contained by early afternoon. She says the fire is feeding on large paper bales.

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