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Lawmaker wants more biodiesel

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Biodiesel would be used more under a bill authored by Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar.

His bill would require the soybean-based fuel to be used in increasingly large percentages until biodiesel is 20 percent of diesel fuel in 2015. The state now requires 2 percent of diesel to be the plant-based fuel.

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The proposal passed a House committee and waits Senate committee action. Juhnke said he is working with industries that would be affected by the change to ensure broad support for the proposal.

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