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Soy diesel: A growth market


Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Demand for biodiesel is growing By John TorgrimsonMonday, March 11, 2002

Sometime in the next week, the Minnesota House and Senate will vote on a bill that would require that all diesel fuel sold in the state contain biodiesel - a renewable fuel that can be derived from agricultural plant oils, like soybeans, or from used animal fats, like French Fry oil.

Under the bill, diesel fuel sold in the state for use in internal combustion engines would have to contain a 2% blend of biodiesel by at least February 28, 2005. This state legislation is being driven by federal action: in January 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that will require that sulfur levels in diesel fuel be reduced from 500 parts per million (ppm) to 15 ppm, a 97% reduction, by 2006.

According to the National Biodiesel Board, the refinery changes necessary to meet this requirement will reduce the lubricity of diesel fuel - lubricity is the characteristic in diesel fuel necessary to keep mechanical systems properly lubricated. Fuel that lacks lubricity can cause premature wear or malfunction of engine parts.

This is where soybeans come in. Soy oil, when used in biodiesel, is an excellent lubricant. And Minnesota has an excess supply of soy oil.

Minnesota is the third largest soybean producer in the United States. In 1998, Minnesota produced 286 million bushels of soybeans from 6.8 million acres.

According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), Minnesotas lower soybean prices and higher diesel fuel prices provide an ideal climate for developing alternative fuels from agricultural feedstocks such as soybeans.

Soy diesel, if used at a 2% or 5% blend with petroleum diesel, would utilize three to seven percent of Minnesotas annual soybean crop, a recent MDA study commissioned by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association found.

The report estimated the total economic impact of soy diesel production at between $185 to $460 million annually. Of this amount, $64 to $159 million would be value-added in various economic sectors, including agriculture.

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Dan Martin of Martin Oil Company in Harmony is one of the few fuel distributors in the area that handles soy diesel. Martin estimates that he sold 20,000 to 25,000 gallons in the last year to a handful of farmers in the Harmony area. Martin sells soy diesel as a premium blend that he purchases .....
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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New Homes Remodeling Additions
Poured Basement Walls Driveways Retaining Walls
Agriculture Horse Barns Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Birth Announcements

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Steve and Cheryl Rahn of Lanesboro announce the birth of their grandson, Nolan Lee Strahl. Parents are Jeff and Rachel Strahl of Fountain. Nolan was born February 15, 2002. He was 5 lbs. 2 oz. and 18 inches long.

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College/School News

Fri, Mar 8th, 2002
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Angela Petrillo, a senior from Fountain, is one of 13 Luther College students participating in the Luther Theatre/Dance department production The Hundred and First, held March 13-16 in Storre Theatre on the Luther campus, Decorah, Iowa. Petrillo, ..... 
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