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Associated Press, Published August 10 2013

Ground-breaking starts $150M ethanol plant

SPIRITWOOD, N.D. – Officials have taken part in a ground-breaking ceremony for an ethanol plant in southeastern North Dakota.

The Jamestown Sun reports the $150 million plant will employ about 36 people to produce about 65 million gallons of ethanol each year from 23 million bushels of corn.

Minnesota-based Great River Energy’s Dakota Spirit AgEnergy plant will use steam from GRE’s Spiritwood Station coal-fired power plant. The power plant is currently idled because of lack of demand for electricity in Minnesota, but officials say it will start operations when the ethanol plant is completed in 2015.