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Paynesville Press - August 25, 2004

Rotochopper grinds elevator

Rotochopper The old elevator from Paynesville -- Paynesville Grain and Feed, which was removed from Railroad Street earlier this summer -- was demolished later in the summer by a Rotochopper, made in St. Martin by Rotochopper, Inc. The work was actually done by a customer of Rotochooper, Inc.

The horizontal grinder -- one of the largest Rotochoppers -- grinds wood and uses a magnet to separate any metal. The wood is then used primarily as landscape mulch, for animal bedding, or as boiler fuel.

Rotochopper was originally designed and built by the late Fred Pelz.

Paynesville Grain and Feed, built sometime between 1907 and 1910, was an early business in New Paynesville but had closed in the 1990s. It was removed from its location on Railroad Street in downtown Paynesville in order to make room for a stormwater retention pond. Rotochopper

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