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Bringing in the straw: Proposed N.D. plant will secure acreage needs, booster says

March 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A proposed wheat straw fiber processing plant in Devils Lake won’t have trouble obtaining the straw it needs, an official says. Though details need be worked out, Ultra Green, which will build and operate the plant, will contract with area farmers for the straw, says Cal Krupa, the company’s president and co-founder. Ultra Green plans to open the facility late this year in Devils Lake. Continue Reading

Ultra Green asks farmers to bring in the straw

March 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A proposed wheat straw fiber processing plant in Devils Lake won’t have trouble obtaining the straw it needs, an official says. Continue Reading

Planned Devils Lake plant to provide quick economic boost

March 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Ultra Green facility, which will open late this year, is expected to create 400 jobs by 2017. Continue Reading

Ex-straw-dinary results

January 25, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

Karsten enthusiastic about gardening technique
ROSEVILLE Gardeners often spread straw as mulch on their garden beds, using it to retain moisture and control weeds.
But a whole bale of straw can actually become a vessel for planting vegetables and flowers, offering the same advantages plus many more.
Worthington native Joel Karsten has become an expert in the straw bale planting method, having developed the process through his own experimentation. He’s written a booklet detailing the method, teaches community education classes on it, hosts a website and Facebook forum and is a frequent speaker to garden clubs and other community groups.
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A house made with straw

September 20, 2010 in Worthington Daily Globe

HUDSON, Wis. – If your impression of a straw house is one of a sod hut on the open prairie, guess again.
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