Sartell paper mill will not reopen following Memorial Day fireMinnesota News
-- Governor Dayton visits Sartell this afternoon after executives at Verso Paper said Thursday they will not re-open their paper mill following an explosion and massive fire on Memorial Day.
Governor Dayton visits Sartell this afternoon (3:30pm) after executives at Verso Paper said Thursday they will not re-open their paper mill following an explosion and massive fire on Memorial Day. It means 259 people are out of work. A Verso executive called it a very difficult decision but one that they had to make -- saying Sartell had not been very competitive for the mill for a number of years and the only viable option was to close it. Verso executives say they never really went to the state to ask for aid, because they knew it couldn't step up to the plate. They say the cost to rebuild the plant would have been in the tens of millions of dollars.
A two-year-old boy is in serious but is expected to survive after being shot Thursday afternoon at a home on St. Paul's East Side. Police say medics were called on a report that a child had fallen but determined he'd been shot. A gun was recovered at the scene. Authorities say the shooting was accidental but haven't yet figured out if other children in the home were playing with it when it went off.
A Minneapolis man is charged in a July shooting which killed one and left another man injured. Thirty-three-year-old Darrell Nickerson Senior and an accomplice allegedly went to a home and demanded money from 24-year-old Jamary Hearn and his father. Hearn was fatally shot while trying to take the gun away from Nickerson. His father was seriously wounded.
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are urging President Obama to make a broader federal response to the drought that is worsening in Minnesota and across the country. Franken, Klobuchar and 12 other senators wrote to the president, asking him to set up an interagency drought task force bringing together officials from a number of federal agencies.
Officials break ground this morning for the first improvements at Minnesota's newest state park, Lake Vermilion. Park Manager Jim Essig says they'll begin construction on a parking lot and picnic shelters at what will be called Armstrong Bay day use area. Essig calls it a "next generation park" and says construction on the first campground at Lake Vermilion probably won't begin until next summer. He says camper cabins in the Soudan Mine section of the park could open early next summer.
Fergus Falls' emergency shelter will close at the end of September due to a cut in funding. Officials at Someplace Safe cite availability of other domestic violence shelters in the area plus a history of low occupancy. Fergus Falls has had a shelter for 34 years.
This is what three kids in Duluth got for sneaking away from their babysitter. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says three children, ages 8 to 10, left a home and snuck down to the St. Louis River to play. While wading in the water they hit a drop-off and started shouting for help. Two of the children were able to swim to shore while the third made his way to an island across the river. He was rescued by canoe. All three were checked out by medical personnel and released to their parents.