Biofuel Energy says it's closing its ethanol plant in Fairmont until the price of corn comes down. The drought that has ravaged the Midwest's corn crop has pushed up corn prices and erased the profit margins of ethanol producers. A plant in Little Falls shut its doors this summer.
Armed robbery suspect sought in two south metro investigations
The incidents took place at credit unions in Savage and Apple Valley.
Former Twin Cities plastic surgeon charged with sex crimes
Christopher Kovanda is accused of inappropriately touching woman under the guise of providing medical care.
Minnesota man accused of murder in Chicago is arrested in Alabama
A 26-year-old man from a small town on the Iowa border is accused of murdering a Greyhound bus employee.
Support for Shakopee Public Schools employee diagnosed with cancer
The media specialist has been transitioned to hospice care recently.
Big November snowstorms uncommon in MN, but snowfall is increasing
This week's 8.4 inches at MSP Airport was one of the biggest November storms in the Twin Cities since 1991.
New coffee shop brings taste of the North Shore to Minnetonka
Base Camp Coffee & Provisions is now open.
Minnesota nurses take vote on whether to hold second strike
The results will be determined Wednesday night.
OCD, irritable bowel syndrome added to MN's medical marijuana list
They are the two latest qualifying medical conditions for Minnesota's marijuana program.
Fundraiser created for family-owned Cô Tu' Oriental Cuisine after shooting
Support from the community will go towards medical expenses and overhead costs for the restaurant.
Police: Minnesota murder suspect arrested in Texas
Erica Roberts has been on the run since March.
Jackknifed semis close I-35 northbound near Faribault
There are icy conditions across Minnesota
Red Lake man gets 12 years for murder of his cousin
Charges state the man beat the victim with a metal cabinet and its drawers.
As corn gets scarce and expensive, more ethanol plants shutting down
There's no word on when an idled ethanol plant in Little Falls might reopen. But plant closings are becoming more common in an industry squeezed by drought-inflated corn prices. At least seven ethanol plants in the Midwest have closed and many others are operating at reduced capacity.
High price of corn idles Little Falls ethanol plant
The Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-Op has suspended operations until they can buy corn or sell ethanol at a better price, the St. Cloud Times reports. The Little Falls plant is using the downtime to complete maintenance and other projects, but most of the 30 employees are out of work.
Cravaack joins call to roll back federal ethanol requirement during drought
Federal law requires that gasoline be blended with ethanol or other biofuels. About 40 percent of the nation's corn now goes toward ethanol production. But in a year when dry weather will mean less corn and higher prices, Minnesota's Chip Cravaack is among Congressmen urging that more of the crop be used as food.
Bloomington-based Advanced BioEnergy to sell Nebraska ethanol plant
Advanced BioEnergy, based in Bloomington, Minn., says it plans to sell its largest ethanol plant in southeast Nebraska to Flint Hills Resources, the Pioneer Press reports. The Kansas-based refiner has agreed to pay more than $170 million. Advanced BioEnergy CEO Rich Peterson told the newspaper he believes it is the highest sale price for a U.S. ethanol plant in four years.
Ethanol plant to pay $800,000 over wastewater violations
Bushmills Ethanol in Atwater has agreed to pay a civil penalty after discharging polluted wastewater from 2008 and 2011 and providing false information about those discharges.
Livestock farmers seek pause in ethanol production
Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs rise because of the worst drought in a quarter-century are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol. The Obama administration sees no need for a waiver, siding with corn growers – many of them in presidential election battleground states Iowa and Ohio – who continue to support the mandate.
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