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White Powder Found In Letter To Stearns County Court Building

White Powder Found In Letter To Stearns County Court Building Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

Aug 23, 2017 at 5:25 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - An employee at the Stearns County Courts Facility building was opening the mail, when one letter contained an unknown white powder.

The sheriff's office says the worker immediately reported the incident Tuesday morning at 815 Courthouse Square to a Stearns County Court Deputy.

The letter and the white powdery substance were secured and turned over to a sheriff's office investigator, while the employee received first aid because the powder got on her skin.

The sheriff's office contacted the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to have the envelope, letter and powder tested for biologic or toxic substances.

The field test showed the white powder did not test positive for biologic or toxic substances.

The sheriff's office believes it was corn starch, but took the letter and envelope to the Minnesota Department of Health for final testing.

If the powder has a final test clearing it, the contents will be sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation for further testing.

This case is being investigated as a potential violation of Minnesota's Real and Simulated Weapons of Mass Destruction statute.

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