Gov. Mark Dayton and other government officials said Friday that they will pledge support for the city of Sartell after Verso Paper Corp. announced it was shutting down its fire-damaged paper mill for good. Dayton, who was in Sartell with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and other lawmakers, vowed to use his clout to bring jobs back to the Verso site. More than 260 employees worked at the plant.
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Gov. Mark Dayton plans to call a special legislative session in late July or August to respond to flood damage in northeast Minnesota. The St. Cloud Times reports Dayton has indicated he's also interested in providing state aid for the Verso Paper mill following an explosion and fire on Memorial Day. One worker was killed, four others were injured and most of the 250 workers have been laid off from the Sartell plant.
Sartell tries to envision life after the paper mill
The owners changed over the years, but Sartell's paper mill has provided hundreds of jobs for more than a century. Those days are gone following Verso Paper's decision not to reopen the fire-damaged plant. Now Gov. Dayton will put together a task force to look at how to reuse the 37 acre site on the Mississippi River. Verso says it will share its list of potential buyers.
Verso pays Sartell for paper mill fire expenses
Verso Paper Corp. on Monday paid the city of Sartell in full – about $398,000 – for its response to a Memorial Day fire that ultimately led to the permanent closing of the company's paper plant, the St. Cloud Times reports. There were 92 agencies from across the state that helped fight the blaze and 68 of those sought repayment.
Damaged Sartell paper mill lays off most employees
Officials from Verso Paper told the St. Cloud Times the majority of its 260 workers have been given layoff notices following the deadly Memorial Day explosion and fire. The incident killed one person and injured four others. The central Minnesota plant is likely to remain idle for several months to complete necessary repairs.
4 investigations ongoing at Sartell mill
At least four investigations continue at the Verso Paper paper mill in Sartell in the wake of a Memorial Day explosion and fire at the plant. The probes are critical to answering questions about the mill’s future and efforts to put more than 250 people back to work.
Sen. Klobuchar visits damaged Verso Paper mill
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar met with union workers and local management in Sartell on Saturday. The central Minnesota plant remains shut down after a Memorial Day explosion killed one worker, injured four others and put the future of more than 250 jobs in question. Democrat Amy Klobuchar told the St. Cloud Times she plans to have another conversation with Verso CEO Dave Paterson this week.
Idle Sartell paper mill hurting Minnesota loggers
The shutdown of Sartell's Verso Paper Mill has created an economic ripple effect. Northern Minnesota loggers who sell their timber to the mill are feeling it, as are those who make and maintain the mill's equipment. Local officials want the state to help Verso repair the damage of last month's explosion and fire.
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