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Bird flu adds to woes at Minnesota turkey litter power plant

A Minnesota power plant fueled by turkey litter flopped and fell into receivership even before a virulent form of bird flu shook the Midwest's poultry industry in recent months, yet its new managers say they're confident they can keep it running for the long haul. Fibrominn LLC was hailed when it opened in 2007 as both an innovative renewable energy source and a way to help the country's top turkey-producing state dispose of hundreds of thousands of tons of litter annually. But court documents show the Benson plant has long struggled to operate at its 55 megawatt capacity. While it was designed to burn poultry litter for up to 90 percent of its fuel needs, it relies mostly on...