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Press Photos by Katherine Lymn Red Trail Energy’s Chris Kline takes a sample of corn being converted into ethanol during one step of the process on Wednesday. The Richardton plant produces about 55 million gallons of the fuel each year.

Supporting farmers, making fuel: After early skepticism, Red Trail Energy ethanol plant in Richardton is going strong

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RICHARDTON — Instead of extracting oil from the ground, one energy business in western North Dakota is using corn grown atop it to produce fuel.


The Red Trail Energy plant in Richardton opened in 2007. It didn’t make complete sense then — it was an ethanol plant in an area without corn. The original plan was to rail it in.

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