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Pro-Corn plans expansion


Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Ethanol plant will double in output By John TorgrimsonMonday, February 12, 2001

Editors note: The Pro-Corn Ethanol Plant in Preston is planning to expand its plant operations from its present production capacity of 23 million gallons to nearly 50 million gallons of ethanol per year. It would also increase the amount of distillers grain, produced as a byproduct of ethanol, from 60,000 tons per year to 167,875 tons. Journal Editor, John Torgrimson, sat down to discuss this expansion with Pro-Corn LLC General Manager Richard Eichstad. A summary of their conversation follows:

Could you give our readers some background about the ethanol plant, how its developed and where its presently at?

Eichstad: This plant started in August 1998, a little over two years ago. I joined the operation in April 1998, and as I understand it, there was a group of people who had been working on organizing the plant for at least two or even three years before that.

The last two and a half years have been very good for us productivity wise and performance wise; it has been good for this facility and very good for the farmer-owners.

The ethanol plant has raised the price of corn in this area anywhere from a nickel to a dime a bushel. I think the plant has been good for all of the farmers in this area and I hope that its been of value to the whole community.

Its my understanding that the plant is presently producing above its original specifications?

The original engineers guarantee on this plant was to produce 12 million gallons annually. Right now we are producing close to 23 million gallons per year. The reason for this is due to improvements in technology. We have made some very small capital investments that have led to improvements in the biological technology. The people here do a great job in running the plant.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), youre going to increase production from 22.5 million to 50 million gallons of ethanol per year and from 60,000 to 167,875 tons of distillers grain per year.

The engineering guarantee for this plant is 36 or 37 million gallons per year; but were hoping that we would be producing somewhere in the low 40s. The MPCA has set the air permit at 50 million gallons to allow for technical improvements and increased productivity.

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Union negotiations break down

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Monday, February 12, 2001

The Fillmore County Board could not reach an agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local , at its meeting last Tuesday, and will now go to mediation in an attempt to reach agreement on a new c ..... 
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FFA/FLA

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, Februar 12, 2001

Click below to see photos of the following school's FFA and FLA/FHA groups.
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Keeping hope alive

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Spring Valley family copes with ALSBy Carol ThouinMonday, February 12, 2001

When Wes Blakeslee was a youngster growing up on a farm near Mystery Cave, he'd spend hours in the garage tinkering on motors and engines. "He li ..... 
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Now I think that I know it all

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, February 12, 2001

I had written six hundred and seventy-six words in longhand on Wednesday. I always compose my subject in longhand and then, when Im satisfied with it, I type it and send it off for publication. I had just finished ty ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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Valentines Day

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, February 12, 2001

Have you ever thought about why we have Valentines Day, or who St.Valentine even was? I know that I don't think about this when the day comes around. I usually just think of the things that come with it like cards, c ..... 
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Winter Birds

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

January 1, 2001: We hear birds singing and see activity in fir trees as we drive slowly past a farm bordering the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Dana Gardner and I are participating in the Whitewater Christ ..... 
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Beneath Tropical Seas

Fri, Feb 9th, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

Waves roll in and then recede, as the ocean endlessly caresses this lonely tropical shore. Shallow, crystal clear and deliciously warm are the waters of the all-encompassing sea. The white sand beach is deserted, polis ..... 
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