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From left, District 45 House candidate Brenda Warren, D-West Fargo; District 13 Rep. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo; along with LEC President Jason Bohrer and District 13 candiates Scott Brand, D-West Fargo, and Jaci Stofferahn, D-West Fargo, toured Coal Creek Station and Falkirk Mine on July 17. Submitted photo

A West Fargo lawmaker and three candidates recently toured North Dakota’s lignite energy facilities.

Rep. Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo, and District 13 Democratic candidates Scott Brand, Brenda Warran and Jaci Stofferahn attended the Lignite Energy Council’s biennial legislative tour on July 17.

Stops included the surface mining and reclamation areas at the North American Coal Corp.’s Falkirk Mine near Underwood and the energy conversion and emissions control area at Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station.

“In addition to seeing the extraordinary reclamation efforts at the Falkirk Mine, the tour participants learned about energy conversion and environmental control systems at the Coal Creek Station,” said Jason Bohrer, president and chief executive officer of the Lignite Energy Council.

The participants also learned about the industry’s impact on the state’s economy, including the direct and indirect employment of 17,000 people, annual generation of $3 billion in business volume, and $100 million in tax revenue.