by Dennis Dalman
The holiday season is nigh, and bells are ringing once again in the frosty air – Salvation Army red-kettle bells, that is.
There are about 100 people ringing bells in front of businesses throughout the area, but more are needed. How many more?
This falling condensation tower at the Verso paper plant was toppled over on the afternoon of Nov. 13, sadly symbolizing the end of an era in Sartell, where paper-making at that site had been a generational bedrock of the city for nearly 110 years. The tower’s toppling was part of the overall demolition of the plant, a mammoth undertaking by American Iron and Metal, which purchased the site and its plant in order to salvage and recycle its materials. Verso closed permanently after an explosion and fire at the plant on Memorial Day 2012 killed one worker and severely damaged the plant, making its reopening financially unfeasible.