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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

RANDOLPH, Minn. (AP) -- At least 40 people have been treated at hospitals following an ammonia spill that evacuated a small city in eastern Minnesota.

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Cannon Falls Medical Center says most of the 19 people treated there will be released today. Twenty-one patients were treated at Northfield Hospital. It says five were admitted and one required decontamination.

Dakota County emergency managers say a ruptured line spilled anhydrous ammonia at the River Country Co-op north of Randolph. The caustic chemical can cause respiratory injuries.

Emergency preparedness coordinator David Gisch says about 400 residents of Randolph were evacuated to a nearby fire station. Students from the school complex were sent to a church outside the city.

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