Eleven students from Red Rock Central High School in Lamberton traveled across town Sept. 15 to visit Highwater Ethanol to learn about renewable energy production.
The students, from Grades 9-12, toured Highwater Ethanol’s administrative office, water treatment process, incoming grain grading and handling, ethanol loadout, ethanol process facility, energy center, dried distiller grain production and storage.
“We were pleased to welcome our hometown students today. The ethanol industry plays a vital role in boosting the economy in Lamberton and other parts of Minnesota. Through tours like this, students are given a better idea of potential careers in the ethanol industry,” said Brian Kletscher, CEO of Highwater Ethanol.
The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. Highwater Ethanol is a member of the association.
“It’s important for students to learn about a clean renewable fuel that is being produced right in their town. Minnesota-produced ethanol reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, boosts the local economy, makes America more energy independent and lowers prices at the pump,” said Tim Rudnicki, executive director of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.
Jessica Juncewski, agriculture science teacher at Red Rock Central High School, said it was important for her students to learn about ethanol production.
“The ethanol industry is an important part of agriculture. It provides an alternative source of fuels for our vehicles while promoting a renewable resource, and kids need to understand how important that is. By having this opportunity, I hope my students will learn the value of agriculture and understand why biofuels are an important aspect of American agriculture,” Juncewski said.