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A collar (center circle) is installed on one of the octagonal sheets of steel of the neutrino detector in the Soudan Mine. Groundbreaking for a second detector in northern St. Louis County is expected to be this spring. (2001 file / News Tribune)

New neutrino detector to bring jobs to northern St. Louis County

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Millions in federal stimulus money for an international physics laboratory in Northeastern Minnesota will create more than 60 construction jobs this spring.

A May 1 groundbreaking is scheduled for a lab near the Ash River, 40 miles southeast of International Falls. The building and three-mile long road is part of the neutrino experiment begun in 2005 by the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory outside Chicago.

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