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Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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MPCA answers ethanol questions in PrestonBy Mike McGrathMonday, June 11, 2001

The air quality permit staff of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) returned to Preston last Thursday evening to conduct a second public meeting on the expansion of the Pro-Corn ethanol plant.

The meeting was well attended by members of the community who listened intently as John Chikkala of the MPCA’s Metro District office in St. Paul explained expansion details and answered questions from the interested citizens.

The Pro-Corn facility has applied for a permit to expand the operation from 22.5 million gallons per year to 50 million gallons per year. A public comment period occurred between March 18 and April 21, but was reopened from May 22 to June 1 in response to letters and a petition from 12 citizens who were concerned about the potential increase in odors and emissions from the plant.

Since the last public meeting held in Preston on May 22, the MPCA has received five comment sheets and a letter from the City of Lanesboro. Board members of the Pro-Corn facility also submitted a petition in support of the plant that contained the signatures of 574 citizens. Additional petitions in support of the plant were also submitted Thursday night.

While most of the citizens present at the June 7 meeting wore stickers in support of the Pro-Corn facility, the concerns of those who didn’t seemed to center around the issues of odor and particulate matter emissions. Chikkala explained that Pro-Corn had voluntarily decided to increase the stack height to 175 feet and install new scrubbers and nozzles that will decrease the volume of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are emitted from the facility. Because the company said they would make these changes, the MPCA has now made the increased stack height and the scrubbers a requirement of the permit.

Caroline Schutt of the MPCA staff added that the odors are caused by the VOC emissions and that the addition of the scrubbers will reduce the VOC emissions. She explained that, theoretically, a reduction in VOC emissions should lead to a reduction in odors. Nevertheless, the increase in the stack height is expected to disperse the emissions, and thus the odor, over a broader area.

During the comment and question period, Lawrence Schwanke, President of the Southeast Minnesota Ethanol Coop that owns 63% of the Pro-Corn facility, explained that during the expansion planning th .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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City and county far apart on Coffee Street costsBy John TorgrimsonMonday, June 11, 2001

At its May 22 council meeting, the Lanesboro City Council expressed surprise at the city’s estimated share of costs for the county’s Coffee Street Road pro ..... 
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Feedlot Program moves forward

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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Monday, June 11, 2001

After a two-week interval, the County Board was back in session last Tuesday to tackle a full agenda that included several departmental presentations and a public hearing.

The County Feedlot Officer, Mike Frauenkr ..... 
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In the Land of Lincoln

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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By Mary JergensonMonday, June 11, 2001

Our adventure really began this past winter when Iowa Public Television aired a four part documentary on the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. But I’ll admit that I have been a Lin ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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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, Jun 8th, 2001
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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, Jun 8th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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