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A growing mound of harvested corn cobs can be seen stored on the old airport runway in Willmar. The cobs mixed with coal will be used by the Willmar Municipal Utilities power plant as an energy source. staff photo by Ron Adams

Corn cobs could be the new 'green' fuel

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WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities will test a new "recipe'' for producing energy: corn cobs and coal.

The utility's power plant will conduct a test burn of cobs and coal later this winter. If the test burn is successful, corn cobs could help the utility comply with the state's renewable energy mandate and help boost local farm income.

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