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A Case IH 8010 and Vermeer Cob Harvester are used to collect corn cobs on land farmed by Ryan and Lonnie Fosso of Pennock. The process began Oct. 29 and is about two-thirds complete. (Submitted photo courtesy of Jon Folkedahl)

Corn cobs could be the new 'green' fuel at Willmar plant

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WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities will test a new "recipe'' for producing energy: corn cobs and coal.

The utility's power plant will conduct a test burn of cobs and coal later this winter. If the test burn is successful, corn cobs could help the utility comply with the state's renewable energy mandate and help boost local farm income.

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