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Tribune Editorial: Willmar City Council makes a good Holland decision
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
July 10, 2010
Report finds efficiency of ethanol production from corn is improving
WILLMAR -- A new report from the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses indicates that the net energy gain from converting corn to ethanol is improving in efficiency. The findings are based on survey results from ethanol producers who were asked to respond to questions regarding ethanol...
July 10, 2010 - 12:00am
June 30, 2010
Biofuels company Poet buys Indiana ethanol plant
Biofuels company Poet LLC has bought an Indiana ethanol plant. The 90 million-gallon-per-year plant in Cloverdale, Ind., was opened and operated under Altra Biofuels for a short time in 2008. Privately held Poet did not give a purchase price for the transaction, which closed Tuesday. The...
June 30, 2010 - 9:27am
June 18, 2010
Granite Falls air show to be a tribute to World War II veterans
GRANITE FALLS -- Pilots will be taking World War II vintage aircraft to the skies over Granite Falls to re-enact aerial fights of the 1940s, while others dressed in the Allied and German uniforms of the day will play their part by interacting with crowds on the ground. The 2010 Ray...
June 18, 2010 - 12:00am
June 1, 2010
Prettner Solon wants ethanol answers
June 1, 2010 - 12:00am
April 7, 2010
Minnesota Energy says it plans to close ethanol plant in Buffalo Lake; 20 will lose their jobs
BUFFALO LAKE -- The Minnesota Energy ethanol plant in Buffalo Lake is closing, putting 20 people out of work. The decision to suspend ethanol production was a difficult and painful one, but necessary, according to Randy Byro, chairman of the board for the farmer-owned ethanol plant...
April 7, 2010 - 12:00am