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Coal-fired ethanol plant begins production

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HERON LAKE -- More than three years have passed since plans were announced to build the state's first coal-fired ethanol plant at Heron Lake, and while a few kinks continue to be worked out, the plant is now in business.

"It's just a pleasure to be operational," said Robert Ferguson, president of Heron Lake BioEnergy (HLBE) on Wednesday.

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