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Dayton, Klobuchar visit Sartell after paper mill closure

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  • Verso paper mill to remain closed after explosion, fire

    Verso paper mill to remain closed after explosion, fire

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    Officials have decided against repairing and reopening the Verso Paper Mill in Sartell, Minn., saying it is too costly to rebuild after the explosion that ripped through the plant on Memorial Day.
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    Sartell Verso Paper mill charged $350K by fire crews

    Thursday, August 2 2012 2:42 PM EDT2012-08-02 18:42:38 GMT
    Fire departments that fought the Verso Paper mill fire that started Memorial Day in Sartell have billed the company $350,000 for company time, labor and equipment use.
    Fire departments that fought the Verso Paper mill fire that started Memorial Day in Sartell have billed the company $350,000 for company time, labor and equipment use. And that's just billings from 60 of the 93 fire departments that responded to the scene, and fought the fire for more than a week.
  • Most workers laid off at fire-damaged Sartell paper mill

    Most workers laid off at fire-damaged Minn. mill

    Verso Paper has sent layoff notices to a large portion of its Sartell workforce after a devastating Memorial Day explosion and fire.
    Verso Paper has sent layoff notices to a large portion of its Sartell workforce after a devastating Memorial Day explosion and fire.
SARTELL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Hundreds of workers in Sartell, Minn., are wondering what will come next now that they know the Verso paper mill will not reopen, and Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited the town to tell residents they will not be forgotten by state leaders.

No one is denying that closing the century-old plant will be tough on the community, but state leaders say they will put in some hard work to help the former employees while laying groundwork to allow another company to take over at the site.

Verso officials announced that it would be too costly to repair the damage done by the explosion on Memorial day that killed one worker and injured five others. The decision means more than 250 workers were let go immediately.

The mill was the town's largest employer, and the company is offering severance pay to those who were laid off. Now, Dayton says the first order of business for the high-powered committee of elected officials will be to help those workers with their unemployment transitions.

For the moment, there is no timeline set and it is unlikely that a company could provide a quick turnaround to get people back to work due to the damage at the mill.

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