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CLC Staples campus to host Ag & Energy Expo

STAPLES — The Staples campus of Central Lakes College will host the second Ag & Energy Expo Feb. 24.

The free event will feature speakers, such as Michael Reese, the Renewable Energy director at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris. Reese has participated as project manager or coordinator on several renewable energy research and demonstration projects including large scale wind energy, biomass gasification, renewable hydrogen and other renewable energy systems. Reese has been an invited speaker for several regional, state and national conferences on the topic of renewable energy. In addition to renewable energy, he continues to maintain a strong focus in agriculture, rural economic and business development and community vitality.

The day-long event includes breakfast and lunch is co-sponsored by CLC and Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank of Wadena, Staples and Long Prairie.

Julia Palmer, public relations and event coordinator, Mid-Central said exhibitors registered for this annual event includes several companies emphasizing conservation and natural resource stewardship with wind energy and solar power technological advancements and considerations for both home and commercial utilization, soil and water, and Energy Project Funding and economic developments.

“We have many exhibitors registering from many regions who will promote a variety of products and solutions,” Palmer said in a news release. “From wind towers and turbines, solar heat, and energy efficiency equipment, to grain drying crop demonstrations, home energy and gasification boilers and bio equipment.”

Break-out sessions and a webinar will take place later in the day provide a large array of opportunities and will address many topics ranging from energy crop opportunities and developments, Silent Power projects, energy project funding and wind energy considerations. College representatives, and instructors who will be participating include Robert Schafer, Del Lecy, Bob Rick, Keith Olander and Nathan Converse.

For more information or for registration details, contact Palmer at (218) 639-7615 or (218) 640-0193 or Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank staff at (877) 631-1414 or Cindy Hase of CLC at (218) 894-5100.

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