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Norm Miller displays biomass fuel pellets outside his business Friday, June 6, 2014, in Mapleton. The large object is a biomass/coal combination producing 16,000 BTU, the middle is made from potato skins and other is a combination of prairie grasses. Both of the last two produce about 11,000 BTU of heat. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Mapleton, N.D., firms aim for green energy market

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MAPLETON, N.D. -- Norm Miller calls himself the father of biocoal.

And now, after decades spent developing a cleaner alternative to traditional coal, Miller and a family of companies he has formed in Mapleton are ready to stake a claim on the country’s green energy landscape.


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