WILLMAR (AP) -- The downtown of this west-central Minnesota town was evacuated and closed for about four hours Friday night after two train cars collided, spilling fertilizer and diesel fuel.
A train car carrying the fertilizer Urea crashed into a locomotive about 7:10 p.m. The crash tore a hole in the locomotive and diesel fuel spilled onto the tracks, mixing with the fertilizer. The driver of the locomotive was injured in the crash.
A voluntary evacuation was ordered for an area within a one-third mile radius of the spill as a precaution, officials said. About 150 residents were taken to Willmar Junior High School. They began returning home around 11 p.m.
Man arrested with pipe bomb in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Minn. (AP) -- A Columbia Heights man was charged Friday after being arrested with a pipe bomb, police said.
Shawn David Smith, 28, was stopped and arrested Thursday and found with what Centennial Lakes police said were controlled substances and a pipe bomb. The Minneapolis Police bomb squad dismantled the bomb.
Smith was charged in Anoka County District Court with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and possessing an explosive/incendiary device.
Bomb-making materials were also found in Smith's home, police said.
He was in Anoka County jail Friday on $15,000 bail.
Crystal Farms recalls two cheese stick products
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Crystal Farms Refrigerated Distribution Co. Inc. on Friday announced the recall of two marble-jack cheese stick products because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.
Crystal Farms, a subsidiary of Michael Foods Inc., said there have been no reports of illness related to the products, which were distributed to stores in 33 states.
The recalled products are:
--1-ounce, single-serve Crystal Farms Marble-Jack Cheese Sticks (UPC 075925-30168) with expiration dates of 12/24/00, 12/25/00, 12/28/00, 12/30/00, 1/7/01, 1/9/01, 3/3/01, 3/11/01 and 3/12/01.
--10-ounce bag of individually wrapped Cheezoids Marble-Jack Cheese Sticks (UPC 075925-30166) with expiration dates of 12/28/00, 1/5/01, 3/3/01, 3/12/01, 3/13/01, 3/15/01, 3/20/01 and 3/21/01.
Customers were asked to return the products to the place of purchase for a full cash refund.
The products subject to the recall were made with cheese from Wisconsin Hill & Valley Cheese Co-op of Cashton, Wis. The Co-op notified Crystal Farms late Thursday of the possible contamination.
Crystal Farms President Norman Rodriguez said the two items being recalled are the only Crystal Farms products made with cheese from Wisconsin Hill & Valley. No other Crystal Farms products are affected by the recall.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea from listeria infection.
Consumers with questions can contact Crystal Farms' toll-free customer service number 1-800-268-4709 or contact the company via its Web site, http://www.michaelfoods.com.
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