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State pollution agency offers loans to truckers to cut fuel costs

The low-interest loans from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are to help long-haul truckers buy a small unit to cut down on engine idle time. The small battery-operated units can operate air conditioners, heaters, lights and other electronic devices when trucks lay over.
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The low-interest loans from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are to help long-haul truckers buy a small unit to cut down on engine idle time. The small battery-operated units can operate air conditioners, heaters, lights and other electronic devices when trucks lay over.

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