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John M. Steiner / The Sun A large crowd attended the groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the Dakota Spirit AgEnergy plant in Spiritwood.

Breaking ground: Officials celebrate Dakota Spirit AgEnergy project

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SPIRITWOOD, N.D. -- Officials broke ground here Friday for the first grain-based ethanol plant to be constructed in the U.S. since 2007. Once completed, the $150 million plant will produce 65 million gallons of ethanol each year from 23 million bushels of corn and employ about 36 people.

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