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Here's an interior look at the new combustor equipment that was added to the waste-to-energy facility as part of the $19.4 million expansion.

New incinerator off to good start

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It's been about a month since officials at Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) fired up their brand new trash-burning combustor.

Over the last year, a third combustor unit was constructed at the area's waste-to-energy facility in Alexandria.

"The throughput looked great and it's at the level it's supposed to be at," said Pete Olmscheid, executive director of PDSWM.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz. Away from work, Amy and Brandon spend time bass fishing and keeping tabs on their charismatic dog, Cash, who has been known to jump out of the boat to “retrieve” the bass lures.
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