Judging reports from six Minnesota ethanol plants this quarter, the industry needs something to turn up the gas. The Star Tribune reports that of five of the six companies that reported earnings didn't turn a profit.
MSP Airport debuts mock aircraft to help ease flying anxiety
The pre-flight experiences cover the TSA screening procedure, exploring a terminal, boarding a plane and meeting a pilot, and preparing for takeoff.
These Minnesota kids will be competing at National Spelling Bee
The upcoming event in Maryland will be the first fully in-person Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2019.
New data shows how omicron has impacted kids in Minnesota
The new data shows breakthrough data during the omicron period, which began Dec. 19, 2021.
Albert Lea shooting suspect arrested after 3 weeks on the run
He is accused of shooting a man in the upper thigh on May 1.
Motorcyclist, 59, killed after losing control on right curve
The Harley Davidson rider was thrown from his bike.
Minnesota's 2022 legislative session: What's happening?
A list of items agreed upon and yet to reach any bipartisan agreement in the latest legislative session.
Water main break floods 40-45 homes in St. Louis Park
The city says the rupture happened on Minnetonka Boulevard.
Charges: 6-year-old Eli Hart shot up to 9 times by his mother
The 28-year-old is facing 2nd-degree murder charges.
Former WCCO Radio host Dave Lee moves into podcasts
His new podcast, called 'My First Concert,' launched last week.
Tow boat collides with Mississippi River lock and dam in Alma, WI
The crash remains under investigation by the United States Coast Guard.
Police: Man in minivan approached kids, claimed he was former principal
Investigators say children were approached by a man in a white minivan who falsely claimed he'd been a local school principal.
Ethanol producers gather in Minnesota
The 28th International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo, the largest trade show for the country's ethanol producers, is taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center this week. On Tuesday, the convention highlighted how the ethanol industry is faring since the expiration of a federal tax credit.
Fairmont ethanol plant shutting down
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.
Report: Ethanol industry pumps $5 billion into Minnesota economy
Minnesota’s ethanol industry generated more than $5 billion in total economic activity in 2011 and supported more than 12,600 jobs, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Alexandria Echo Press reports.
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.
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.
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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