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Published March 27, 2010, 07:41 AM

Wheat salvaged from collapsed bin

The manager of a Minot grain elevator where a 100-foot-tall bin collapsed says he thinks much of the $4 million worth of wheat that spilled can be salvaged.

MINOT (AP) — The manager of a Minot grain elevator where a 100-foot-tall bin collapsed says he thinks much of the $4 million worth of wheat that spilled can be salvaged.

SunPrairie Manager Brad Haugeberg said it will take some special equipment, though, including magnets to remove any metal from the grain.

Officials are still investigating what caused the bin with 720,000 bushels of wheat to collapse early Thursday, knocking at least nine nearby railroad cars off the tracks. No one was hurt.

The structural integrity of a second bin is being checked. Haugeberg said sunflowers in the second bin likely will be moved.

The two bins were constructed last fall, at a cost of more than $5 million.

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