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Investigation begins in fatal Sartell paper mill fire

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SARTELL, Minn. (AP) — The Mississippi River city of Sartell plans to bring in a structural engineer to check the integrity of a paper mill as it begins investigating the cause of an explosion and fire that killed one person and injured five others.

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Verso Paper Corp. says 50 employees were working Monday when an explosion rocked the plant and shook neighboring homes. The St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/KO5S8n ) reports the man killed in the explosion and fire is Jon Maus of Albany.

Three of the injured were treated and released from St. Cloud Hospital. The conditions of the two others injured were not immediately released.

The downtown mill is a top employer in Sartell, with a population of about 16,000. Mayor Joe Perske says when something happens at the mill, it affects the whole city.

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Information from: St. Cloud Times, http://www.sctimes.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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