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Storm debris turns into fuel for District Energy
A wood chipping crew was busy in an area of Lake Elmo Park Reserve for several days starting Aug. 22, chipping storm debris into fuel for District Energy in St. Paul. The cities of Lake Elmo and Oakdale brought downed trees from recent storm damage in the area, including Washington County parks and highways. Dakota Wood Grinding, Inc. ground the branches and hauled the chips away. The wood chips were taken to District Energy in St. Paul to be burned and turned into energy, which is used to heat and cool buildings in downtown St. Paul. It is estimated that more than 600 cubic yards of chips were hauled out of the park.