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Large manure spill reported

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Apr 20, 2013 at 8:10 am

CANTON, Minn. (AP) An above-ground storage pit has spilled about 1 million gallons of manure in southeast Minnesota, with some flowing into a trout stream.

A wall of the 2.2-million gallon pit near Canton failed Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency tells the Post-Bulletin of Rochester that the farmer, neighbors and state workers have since emptied the remaining manure. A dirt berm also was put around the break in the wall.

MPCA officials took water samples from Donaldson Creek and Wisel Creek, a trout stream, and didn't see any dead fish. A Department of Natural Resources survey also didn't find dead fish.

The pit was built in 2011 after getting a permit from Fillmore County.

The MPCA is investigating whether any charges should be filed against the owner.

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