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Fans gather to celebrate Dylan’s 75th birthday at his childhood home in Duluth
Teen banned from graduation 'not because she is pregnant but because she was immoral'
UMD lab helping combat raspberry-devouring pest
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Twins tighten grip on first place, sweep Orioles
WCT Sports Show: Softball playoff predictions
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Former Arkansas Gov. takes 'Huckabee' from Fox News to religious broadcaster
Ellen DeGeneres lands new Netflix stand up special
Three more Fox News employees file discrimination suits
Minnesota judge officially confirms heirs to Prince's $200M estate
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Fishing: Area opener a ray of sunshine
Art competition: High school artists gather in New London
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Minnesota Orchestra brings classical music to Willmar
Vinyls unveiled for traffic signal boxes in Willmar
Marilyn Ruth Rusthoven
Dr. Richard Clausen
Alpha G. Finden
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Garrison Keillor: One more modest proposal
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October 14, 2011
Fuel removed, replaced at two Renville County gas stations after ethanol blending mishap
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce reports that fuel with higher-than-allowed concentrations of ethanol has been replaced at 37 stations in southern Minnesota, including two in Renville County. The Department has identified 38 gas stations and 10 secondary distributors...
October 14, 2011 - 11:46am
October 12, 2011
Bad gasoline delivered to 21 Minn. communities, including Renville, Olivia
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- A petroleum company is replacing gas it delivered to nearly two dozen Minnesota communities because it contains too much ethanol. The gasoline came from Magellan Midstream Partners Petroleum plant in Mankato. Magellan spokesman Bruce Heine says "an operational...
October 12, 2011 - 8:50am
August 6, 2011
Brazil's ethanol industry examined in USDA study
WILLMAR -- The Energy Policy Act of 2005 established the first renewable fuel volume mandate in the United States. It required that 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel be blended into gasoline by 2012. Under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the original renewable...
August 6, 2011 - 12:00am
Biomass won't replace fossil fuels, experts say, but use will grow
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The people who know most about biomass don't think it will replace fossil fuels or other energy sources. But the experts all agree that biomass has a role to play. "Biomass is in the mix," says Gerald Groenewold, director of the Energy & Environmental Research...
August 6, 2011 - 12:00am
June 17, 2011
Editorial: Ethanol subsidy vote was unfair
The growing appetite in Congress to end special interest tax breaks hit west central Minnesota when the Senate vote Thursday to repeal tax credits for producing ethanol. The Senate voted 73-27 to repeal the $5 billion annual subsidy. This repeal vote came just two days after the...
June 17, 2011 - 12:00am
March 19, 2011
Letter: In defense of ethanol
In response to Norm Baker's "research" of E85 (Public Forum, March 14): Anyone can write and post anything on the web, which I suspect you did your "research" on. There are two videos you need to watch. One is www.youtube.com/watch?v1j-35_jpdVw; the other is www.youtube.com/watch?veBRbJkt2G3I....
March 19, 2011 - 12:00am
March 12, 2011
Ethanol from beets topic at March 21 ProAg meeting in Olivia
OLIVIA -- Maynard Helgas, with the Green Vision Group, a Fargo, N.D., consortium that is exploring the economics of producing ethanol from sugar beets, is the guest speaker at the March 21 annual meeting of ProAg of Renville County. With the ongoing demand for more renewable energy...
March 12, 2011 - 12:00am
February 3, 2011
Letter: Obama's misplaced priorities
In his State of the Union address, President Obama missed his Sputnik moment, "I'm a centrist." He reiterated failed government policies. The nation is hurting. Families' food, energy, and medical costs are increasing. Businesses are inundated with regulations and high taxes that...
February 3, 2011 - 12:00am
January 13, 2011
No significant environmental concerns over ethanol plant expansion in Granite
GRANITE FALLS -- Plans by Granite Falls Energy to expand its ethanol production capacity from 49.9 million to 70 million gallons per year raise no significant environmental issues, according to a recently completed environmental assessment worksheet. No concerns about the project...
January 13, 2011 - 12:00am
December 18, 2010
Company bets on sugar beets as next feedstock for ethanol
FARGO, N.D. -- A Fargo-based energy company is moving forward with plans for the nation's first-ever beet ethanol plant -- the first step in an ambitious plan to turn one of the Red River Valley's top crops into a biofuel mainstay. The proposed plant was announced Monday by Green...
December 18, 2010 - 12:00am
December 13, 2010
Plans announced for nation's first "energy beet" biofuel plant in Red River Valley
A Fargo-based energy company is moving forward with plans to turn one of the Red River Valley's top crops - sugar beets - into efficient, lucra-tive biofuel. Green Vision Group, the company behind the project, said Monday it's work-ing to build a demonstration plant to convert beets...
December 13, 2010 - 1:05pm
December 8, 2010
No corn cob harvest is lesson in biomass economics
BENSON -- Chippewa Valley Ethanol is leading the way in proving the technology and economics of biomass energy. This year's lesson was all economics. The company did not harvest corn cobs from farm fields this year due to low natural gas prices, according to Chad Friese, commodity...
December 8, 2010 - 12:00am
November 5, 2010
Local fire departments called back to Bushmills; plant operated through fire
ATWATER -- Firefighters from the Atwater Fire Department were called back around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to the Bushmills Ethanol plant and remained at the plant until about 2 a.m. after a fire in one of the large corn bins flared again. According to Atwater Fire Chief Gerald Schwartz,...
November 5, 2010 - 12:00am
November 4, 2010
Fire burns conveyor belt, grain at Bushmills Ethanol plant
ATWATER -- Firefighters from Atwater, Grove City, Kandiyohi, Spicer and Willmar were called Wednesday to Bushmills Ethanol plant near Atwater...
November 4, 2010 - 12:00am
July 16, 2010
Ethanol industry scrambles to keep incentives going
WASHINGTON - The once-popular ethanol industry is scrambling to hold onto billions of dollars in government subsidies, fighting an increasing public skepticism of the corn-based fuel and wariness from lawmakers who may divert the money to other priorities. The industry itself can't...
July 16, 2010 - 9:12am