AUDIO: Cold slows Verso demolition

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Feb 13, 2014 at 10:49 am

SARTELL, Minn. (KNSI) The bitterly cold temperatures this winter have slowed a lot of things, including demolition of the heavily-damaged Verso paper mill in Sartell.

Mayor Joe Perske says, "equipment doesn't work so well in subzero weather, " but he says the process is, "limping along and the mill is being taken down."

Perske says although "unpleasant," he says the demolition is, " in the process of happening."

As for redevelopment possibilities at the mill site, Perske says, "we're working on that right now. There are a number of options, and we want to do what is best for the community."

The mill exploded on Memorial Day 2012, killing one worker and injuring several others.

This weekend, former mill employees are holding an "all mill" event at Blackberry Ridge Golf Club in Sartell. Due to a last minute donation from property owners American Iron and Metal, proceeds from a silent auction and a donation from the Steelworkers Union, there are leftover funds.

A small committee met over the past several months to decide how to best use those funds. They'll also see if there is enough interest to start a "Sartell Mill Employee Club."

Perske talks about how winter has impacted the Verso paper mill demolition

Perske says no decisions have been made yet for redeveloping the site

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