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Bob Ryan, European Energy Connections, shows a biomass heating system March 29 to visiting staff from U.S. Sen. Al Franken's office. The system at KMS Elementary School in Murdock heats the school's gymnasium area but could provide the main source of heat for the entire school facility next year. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Biomass industry quietly taking root on the prairie

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MURDOCK -- Ethanol may get the press, but there's another farm-based, biomass industry quietly taking root on the west central Minnesota prairie.

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Its aim is to use agricultural residues and possibly devoted crops as the energy feedstock to provide clean and competitively priced energy to heat our homes, schools and businesses.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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