Workers at fire-ravaged food plant worry for jobs

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: April 19, 2009 - 7:47 PM

ST. CHARLES, Minn. - Workers at the food-processing plant in St. Charles that was destroyed by fire are worried about what will happen to about 250 jobs.

Patrick Thesing, the co-owner of the North Star Foods, says the plant is a total loss. He tells the Post-Bulletin in Rochester that the company doesn't know if it will rebuild the plant in St. Charles or in another town.

The fire started Friday and quickly consumed the plant, forcing authorities to temporarily evacuate the southeastern Minnesota town's 3,600 residents. Firefighters fought the blaze all night and extinguished it Saturday morning, allowing residents to return to town. Officials are still investigating what caused the fire.

Thesing has summoned North Star Food employees to discuss the future at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon in St. Charles. It's the town's second-largest employer and a major local taxpayer.

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Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com

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