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Published April 12, 2010, 06:58 AM

Bin collapse investigation continues

Cleanup at the site of a 100-foot-tall grain bin that collapsed in Minot is expected to be finished in about a week.

By: Associated Press,

MINOT — Cleanup at the site of a 100-foot-tall grain bin that collapsed in Minot is expected to be finished in about a week.

The investigation into what caused the collapse at SunPrairie Grain is just beginning.

General Manager Brad Haugeberg says nearly a dozen structural engineers have been at the site. He says there is no timeline for ending the investigation.

Haugeberg says officials have ruled out some type of combustion in the grain. He says the collapse is obviously due to some type of structural failure.

The bin collapsed March 25, spilling $4 million worth of wheat and knocking at least nine nearby railroad cars off the tracks. No one was hurt. Haugeberg says a twin bin with 720,000 bushels of sunflowers also has damage and will have to be repaired or replaced.

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