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Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. in Benson has been one of the ethanol industry's pioneers of the Minnesota model: farmer-owned cooperatives producing value added earnings for corn growers. File photo

Innovator in ethanol industry taking on new ground


BENSON -- Bill Lee is leaving an ethanol plant known as a leader in innovation for what he believes will be the next big step in renewable energy.

Lee said he believes biomass from agricultural and forest-product residues will be playing an ever bigger role in not only providing the power to convert corn to ethanol, but also to produce the electricity that lights our homes.

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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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