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Demolition plans begin for paper mill destroyed by fire

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Demolition of the paper mill in Sartell that was damaged after an explosion and fire in 2012 will move one step closer this week.

The St Cloud Times reports the Sartell city council will consider a request for a permit to begin take down the structure at its meeting Monday.

The mill's former owner ended operations and sold the property. In city documents, AIM Development, which owns the site, says it will participate in planning for the redevelopment of the site. AIM, a division of Montreal-based American Iron & Metal, bought the site in March for $12.5 million.

If approved, demolition will begin immediately and take about 15 months to finish. The work will include taking down nearly every building on the property, which has stood on the banks of the Mississippi River for more than a century.

The explosion a year ago killed one worker, injured several others and shut down the factory, which was the city’s largest employer, even though it had seen 175 layoffs in 2011.

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