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April 18, 2009
Ethanol subsidies could be eliminated
ST. PAUL -- State payments to Minnesota ethanol producers have little impact on the industry anymore, so could be eliminated, an independent audit concluded. But lawmakers said corn-based ethanol producers, recipients of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds over the past two decades,...
April 18, 2009 - 12:00am
March 19, 2009
Feds may up levels
ST. PAUL -- Federal officials have until year's end to decide whether gasoline may contain more than the common 10 percent ethanol. If that happens, ethanol supporters promise thousands of new jobs for the Minnesota economy and another step toward national energy independence. "We...
March 19, 2009 - 12:00am
March 18, 2009
Worker gets electric shock
CASSELTON, N.D. - A Tharaldson Ethanol Plant worker was taken to a local hospital Tuesday after receiving an electric shock near here. Authorities were called to the plant near Casselton, N.D., about 12:29 p.m. A private electrical company was doing some work when one of the employees...
March 18, 2009 - 12:00pm
February 24, 2009
Letter: Some interesting thoughts about ethanol
As Minnesota looks to decrease its reliance on foreign oil and increase its use on renewable fuels, ethanol is once again a hot topic of discussion at the State Capitol. Recently, ethanol producers testified in front of the House Agriculture Committee about the challenges facing...
February 24, 2009 - 9:21pm
January 30, 2009
Letter: End state ethanol subsidies
I ask all concerned citizens of Minnesota to view the facts on ethanol subsidies at www.congressionalchange.com and demand an immediate end to a subsidy program that has more than fulfilled its mission. As you can see at this site, we have already given these plants $300 million...
January 30, 2009 - 12:00am
January 23, 2009
Letter: The economics of ethanol
I read with interest the Daily Globe reprint of the above noted editorial comment from the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger. Over the last seven years, I have been involved in developing and finally helping to establish the Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC plant at Heron Lake. I have noticed through...
January 23, 2009 - 12:00am
January 15, 2009
Minor fire flares up at Poet plant
LOOMIS -- Flames broke out on a drier at the Poet ethanol plant Wednesday, but the fire was contained within a couple of hours and business continued as usual. Crews battled frigid temperatures to extinguish the blaze; the temperature at the time of the fire was minus-6, with wind...
January 15, 2009 - 10:00am
January 14, 2009
Ethanol plant fire update
4:08 p.m. Wednesday Update LOOMIS, S.D. - A fire at the Poet ethanol plant at Loomis is contained and under control. The fire started in one of the corn driers shortly before noon Wednesday. Crews from Mitchell and Letcher were on the scene. During the fire, the plant continued...
January 14, 2009 - 4:08pm
Ethanol plant to shut down temporarily
MORRIS - The DENCO ethanol plant in Morris will cease operations temporarily, its general manager said Monday. DENCO's Gerald Bachmeier said the company stopped taking corn deliveries on Monday and that the plant would close "until the economics change." More details are expected...
January 14, 2009 - 1:00pm
January 12, 2009
What Others Think: Ethanol vision is a flawed one
Imagine a plant that can be easily grown on farms all over America. Imagine it can be turned into a fuel through a simple process. Imagine we burn that fuel in our cars to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. That sounds wonderful. But that plant is not corn. That process is...
January 12, 2009 - 12:00am
November 24, 2008
Farm Bureau defends ethanol
Minnesota farmers and ranchers face challenges but also opportunities, says the head of the state's largest farm organization. One of the largest challenges is debunking the charge that diverting corn to ethanol production has raised food costs. "We cannot afford to have agriculture...
November 24, 2008 - 5:00pm
Brief: Hartley ethanol plant online
HARTLEY, Iowa -- The VeraSun Energy plant west of Hartley is now operating at full capacity and has already produced 11 million gallons of ethanol in the past month. The Hartley plant uses more than 110,000 bushels of corn a day, or more than 39 million bushels a year.
September 24, 2008 - 12:00am
September 17, 2008
Brief: Station offers ethanol blends
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- The owner of Popkes Car Care installed three ethanol blender pumps last month, making the store the first in the state to do so. The new island will allow up to six flexible-fuel vehicles to fill up at one time and allow drivers to choose from five types of...
September 17, 2008 - 12:00am
August 25, 2008
Ethanol plant hosts open house
HERON LAKE -- Speakers attending the Heron Lake BioEnergy open house Saturday offered a message of gratitude and encouragement to those investors who helped make the ethanol plant a reality. "We kept fighting and fighting and fighting because these folks had a vision, they wanted...
August 25, 2008 - 12:00am
April 15, 2008
Letter: Don't blame farmers for high food prices
Media reports blaming farm profits and ethanol production for higher food costs are presenting a distorted view of the issue. The stories ignore all of the other variables that are affecting food prices. This is analogous to putting together a jigsaw puzzle using only two pieces from...
April 15, 2008 - 12:00am