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Company helping to turn downed branches into fuel

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A Sioux Falls wood recycling company is helping to turn streets of downed trees into energy.

KSFY television reports that since the April 9 ice storm, trucks continued to add fallen branches and tree limbs to Mueller Pallets' recycling pile, which is up to about 400 tons.

Mueller's main client is the Poet plant in Chancellor, which uses the energy from burning these wood chips to produce ethanol.

Mueller Pallets usually deals with recycled wood pallets and tree waste, but nearly all of the company's efforts are currently focused on sending the storm damaged trees through the wood chipper.

Poet Biorefining General Manager Dean Frederickson says the plant is currently burning about 700 tons of wood per week.