New large ethanol plant planned in Minnesota

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A South Dakota company plans to build what it calls the largest ethanol plant in Minnesota.

US BioEnergy Corp., based in Brookings, S.D. has started the process to build an ethanol plant near Janesville in Waseca County.

Janesville has a population of 2,100 people and is located in south Minnesota.

The company is applying for permits for the plant which will have an annual production of 100 million gallons of ethanol and 320,000 tons of distiller’s grain, a high-protein feed source for livestock.

The plant will employ about 40 people and process about 37 million bushels of corn per year. US BioEnergy says the vast majority of that corn will be bought from farmers within a 40-mile radius of the plant.

Spokeswoman Kristi Lee says the permitting process is expected to take nine to 12 months. If everything goes according to plan, the plant will come online in the winter of 2007.

US BioEnergy currently has two plants under construction: a 100 million gallon a year plant in Iowa and a 45 million gallon plant in Michigan.