Update: Mysterious Powder Harmless

Update: Mysterious Powder Harmless Click to Enlarge

MAHNOMEN, MN--Authorities in Mahnomen County say the mysterious powdery substance on money given by a customer at a Mahnomen convenience store that caused a skin reaction to an employee is harmless. Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said today (Tuesday) the a scare that closed the Pump 24 Cenex Station yesterday after one store employee had a reaction after handling currency with a powdery-substance on it turned out to be a carbohydrate powder. The Sheriff said investigators double-bagged the currency in question and took it down to St. Paul where staff from the Minnesota Department of Health was waiting for them. He said they did the testing and called the Sheriff around Midnight to say it was a non-toxic carbohydrate to which the employee may have had an allergic reaction. Krier says the customer who used the money to purchase some items at the Mahnomen Cenex store yesterday afternoon said he had no idea how or why the currency was covered with carbohydrate powder, which is a popular supplement used to provide nutrients for athletic activities.

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