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Refinery celebrates 70 years

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ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. - Seventy years ago, the pieces of a bankrupt Texas refinery were sent north and installed on a 100-acre plot overlooking the Mississippi River.

Minnesota's first refinery, now the Marathon Petroleum Co. refinery in St. Paul Park, was born with subsidiaries including SuperAmerica gas stations and SuperMom's bakery to come later.

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