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James Barbour, with the University of Minnesota, Morris, attempts to ignite gasses emitted by a model gasifier during a demonstration of the technology at the Helen and Don Berheim farm north of Benson. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

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MORRIS -- A gasifier that will use farm biomass to provide the steam heat needed for 80 percent of the heating needs on the University of Minnesota Morris campus is about one or two weeks from its start-up, according to James Barbour, director of plant services.


The gasifier had been troubled with operation problems during its planned start-up last year.

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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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