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5th Annual Bioenergy Day

National Bioenergy Day

The 5th Annual Bioenergy Day will be held on Wednesday October 18 starting at 9am.  The day will include tours of area organizations that using bioenergy including:

  • Lonza -  Learn about using wood fires as a fuel through an air aspiration fuel recovery system that uses wood biomass boiler.
  • Minnesota Power's Rapids Energy Center - See how local wood biomass is turned into clean renewable energy.  Rapids Energy Center is a cogeneration facility that provides the Blandin Paper Mill with all its steam requirements.
  • Itasca Woody Biomass Project - Hear how biomass plays an important role in forest management, local jobs and community stability.

John Latimer and Heidi Holtan spoke ICC provost Bart Johnson about Bioenergy and Bioenergy Day
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Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.
As a mail carrier in rural Grand Rapids, Minn., for 35 years, John Latimer put his own stamp on a career that delivered more than letters. Indeed, while driving the hundred-mile round-trip daily route, he passed the time by observing and recording seasonal changes in nature, learning everything he could about the area’s weather, plants and animals, and becoming the go-to guy who could answer customers’ questions about what they were seeing in the environment.