Central Minnesota struggles with loss of historic flour mill

Facebook and Twitter have become places for some in central Minnesota to share their thoughts after a massive fire destroyed the Swany White flour mill last Tuesday. The St. Cloud Times reports the Freeport mill was family-owned and operated for more than 100 years. The mill won't be rebuilt, but the family might continue some of the Swany White products.
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Facebook and Twitter have become places for some in central Minnesota to share their thoughts after a massive fire destroyed the Swany White flour mill last Tuesday. The St. Cloud Times reports the Freeport mill was family-owned and operated for more than 100 years. The mill won't be rebuilt, but the family might continue some of the Swany White products.

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