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A wood chipper filled 20 semi loads of biomass material, which was sold to a power company in Grand Rapids.

Area timber waste being used for biomass

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Rather than burning the waste from logged land, there's a new alternative coming to Becker County.

The Becker County division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources took part in their first biomass sale earlier this year. Although not lucrative at this point, using the "non merchantable wood that can't be used at the sawmill or paper mill" to sell for alternative fuel will pick up in the future, DNR Forester Howard Mooney said.


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