Storm-Felled Trees Powering Downtown St. Paul

(credit: Washington County)

(credit: Washington County)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Trees felled by recent summer storms are now powering buildings in downtown St. Paul.

For the last week, a wood chipping crew with Dakota Wood Grinding, Inc., has been busy in the east metro, grinding down storm-felled trees into fuel for District Energy in St. Paul, according to a press release from Washington County.

The trees were brought to Lake Elmo Park Reserve, which lies just east of St. Paul, where they were turned into more than 600 cubic yards of wood chips.

The county says the debris-to-power project was a cooperative effort between Washington County and local communities.

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