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Crow Wing County recognized for landfill innovation

Crow Wing County Sanitary Landfill has won a Local Government Innovation Award for its gas collection system, the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center announced Monday. 

The award, which will be presented April 13 at the Humphrey Center in Minneapolis, recognizes outstanding cities, counties and schools in Minnesota that demonstrate results in improving local services.

To take advantage of landfill gas generation Crow Wing County has voluntarily installed an active gas collection and control system for energy recovery and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The concept of collecting landfill gas generation for benefit through enhanced generation via leachate recirculation is referred to as recirculation to energy. Collected landfill gas generation is sent to a heat recovery boiler. The boiler is used to heat both a maintenance shop and a heavy equipment storage building onsite.

 “This project is a great example of turning a problem into an asset,” Crow Wing County Board Chairman Paul Thiede said in a news release.

The awards ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by an informal reception. To RSVP to the awards e-mail

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.