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Construction is on schedule for the new $168 million canola plant near Hallock, Minn. Herald photo by Eric Hylden.

The other oil boom -- Future Hallock canola plant sparks economy in northwest Minnesota

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HALLOCK, Minn. -- Big rigs. Big money. Jobs aplenty. Scarce housing. A woeful region revitalized by oil.

In many ways, the northwest corner of Minnesota has the feel of western North Dakota. However, the oil driving this revival is not crude. It's canola.

One-fourth of the way through construction and 14 months before production starts, the $168 million canola plant rising on the prairie already is providing a much-needed jolt to the economy.

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