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Here are an architect's renderings of a biomass energy plant (below) that contains no smokestacks, because the closed-system would require no towers or scrubbers, which proponents say would produce no emissions. The top version shows one a plant with towers. Sketch provided by Vortex Energy Systems

Red Lake Falls renews interest in biomass plant

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RED LAKE FALLS, Minn. -- Backers of a proposed $300 million, 30-megawatt biomass energy plant that could provide 70 jobs and produce electricity for the city of Red Lake Falls will present the proposal to the public Wednesday.


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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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