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Renewable Energy Scientist Eric Buchanan (right) shows Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman (middle) and Deputy Commissioner for Energy and Telecommunications Bill Grant (left) how the WCROC evacuated tube solar system works during a renewable energy tour on Thursday.

Dept. of Commerce Commissioner visits Morris on energy tour

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MORRIS -- Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman visited the West Central Research and Outreach Center and the biomass facility at the University of Minnesota, Morris, as part of a state-wide tour of Minnesota's clean energy marketplace and infrastructure.


Thursday's tour included a look at the WCROC's solar heating and cooling systems, the renewable hydrogen and ammonia pilot plant and the biomass gasification system at UMM.

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing.