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University of Minnesota, Morris Chancellor Jacquie Johnson spoke during the dedication of UMM's $9 million biomass burner Friday on the UMM campus. The plant is a key element in UMM's plan for making the campus carbon neutral and energy independent by 2010. The plant also is the first of its kind as a research model for community-based energy systems. UMM officials and researchers are working in concert with the West Central Research and Outreach Center and the ARS Soils Lab -- Morris' "Research Triangle...

UMM dedicates biomass burner

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By Tom Larson

Sun Tribune

About 200 people attended the dedication of the University of Minnesota, Morris biomass facility Friday on the UMM campus.

The day also included a lunch and tours of the biomass plant and the wind turbine at the West Central Research and Outreach Center.

A number of community and UMM leaders and area lawmakers spoke during the outdoor ceremony near the plant adjacent to the campus' heating and cooling plant.

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