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Advocates say it's time for a technological leap forward

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MONTEVIDEO -- When it's 20 below and winter winds howl, Minnesotans turn to Stone Age technology to stay warm.

They add more fuel to the fire.


There's a better option: Build homes that take advantage of the power of the sun and don't let a calorie of heat escape from the inside, whether that heat is radiated by its occupants or the appliances they use.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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