South news briefs: Shakopee energy plant assures folks over ‘incident’

  • Updated: July 15, 2014 - 2:17 PM

Mdewakanton and Shakopee fire departments watered down silos after an explosion at Koda Energy in April 2013. Last week, the plant suffered another incident, but officials said it was “nothing serious.”

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Energy plant assures folks over ‘incident’

Koda Energy near downtown Shakopee is assuring nearby residents that a July 8 incident that drew heavy fire department response turned out to be nothing serious.

The same plant suffered a crippling explosion last year.

In midafternoon, the plant “experienced an incident in which the pressure of smoldering biomass product caused panels to be released from a fuel storage bin,” a company statement said.

Koda Energy employees shut down the affected system and contained the incident to a small area. This incident occurred in the original part of the facility, not in the new part that opened earlier this year.

The plant is a partnership between Rahr Malting and the Shakopee tribe.

“Multiple fire departments responded to Koda Energy as a precautionary measure,” the firm said. “They applied water to the storage bin to reduce the heat contained in the bin and eliminate the smoldering.”

The incident caused “minimal damage,” it said, and “all employees are safe and accounted for, and there is no danger to the public.”

It is “too early to speculate about the cause of the incident,” the statement said.

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‘Eat Local Farm Tour’ is this weekend

The fourth annual Eat Local Farm Tour takes place on Saturday.

Sponsored by 11 Minnesota food co-ops, the tour offers exposure to local agriculture on 19 sustainable Minnesota and Wisconsin farms. All tours are free and self-guided.

Gardens of Eagan in Northfield, a 40-acre vegetable operation, is among those on the tour this year.

A scavenger hunt; vegetable creature-making station; and flower activities, including making daisy chains and flower tasting; and wagon rides will be part of the day’s activities.

Farms are grouped into four areas: one is near Northfield, and the others are near Stillwater, St. Peter and in Minneapolis (urban farming).

Operations include poultry, dairy, fish, flower and bee producers.

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