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Editor's Note: This is the second in a four-part series this week on the renewable fuel industry. Tomorrow, learn about a Luverne man's experience growing miscanthus for ethanol production.


WASECA -- Minnesota is known as a row crop state, and all one needs to do is take a drive through the countryside to see acres upon acres of corn and soybeans growing in the summer sun.

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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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