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Trees toppled in Duluth storms will be turned into energy

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The recent storms that rolled through Minnesota – knocking out power and toppling trees – have left quite the mess behind.

But a power plant in Duluth has decided to put the logs and branches to good use.

The City of Duluth is collecting debris and bringing it to Minnesota Power Hibbard plant. It's a renewable energy center that will be using the waste as fuel.

Minnesota Power's Amy Rutledge says the plant usually uses wood waste from area loggers to "create steam for the adjacent Verso paper and recycle mills, and to generate renewable energy" for customers.

Recently, the plant partnered with the City of Duluth so that tree debris will be taken there and turned into renewable energy, Rutledge tells BringMeTheNews.

It's a fast way to get rid of waste.

The Duluth News Tribune says the plant consumes up to 40 semitrailer loads a day.

Seeing that a city spokesperson has described the amount of tree waste as "rather overwhelming," that seems to be an effective option.

Spokesperson Pakou Ly tells BringMeTheNews that they are "still in collection mode" as home owners begin to get out and clean up their yards, so there is not an estimate on how much debris will be collected at this time.

More storms are coming.

It doesn't look like Minnesota's getting much of a break from storms, either.

The weather for this weekend looks great – sunshine and 70 to 80 degree temperatures for most of the state.

Enjoy that – because there are thunderstorms in the forecast for much of next week. There's not much information yet on how strong those will be.

For more information on Duluth's storm clean up processes, click here.

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