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Hastings man dead after fire at refinery in St. Paul Park

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A Hastings man was found dead Sunday afternoon after an early morning explosion and fire Saturday at Marathon Petroleum Co. in St. Paul Park.


Nick Gunter, 29, Hastings, was found at 1:40 p.m. in a No. 6 fuel oil holding tank where he had been seen working shortly before the explosion, Marathon spokesperson Robert Calmus said. No one else was injured.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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