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August 2013

Northwoods nostalgia

    –by Liz Morrison Listen to a radio segment on Minnestalgia’s wild rice Jay and Lori Erckenbrack have been selling northwoods nostalgia for two decades. Their company, Minnestalgia, produces more than 80 food products from “up north,” including maple syrup and sugar; wild berry jellies, jams and syrups; pancake mixes; and wild rice. Their Minnestalgia Winery makes distinctive honey and wild berry wines. Now, the McGregor, Minn., entrepreneurs have introduced… Read More »Northwoods nostalgia

    Minnesota macaroons make Oprah’s list of favorite things

      Lily Bloom’s Kitchen, an AURI client, was featured in the August issue of O, The Oprah Magazine‘s list of O‘s “favorite things.” Lily Bloom’s Kitchen produces gluten-free macaroons and “Paparoons” which are macroons on a stick. Lily Bloom’s Kitchen was founded in 2009 by Larry Shiller to honor his mother, Lily Bloom. All products are gluten-free and feature all-natural flavorings and coloring.  

      New AURI video

        A new video highlights AURI’s work in agricultural innovation and commercialization, and features AURI clients EarthClean and Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company.

        MPR: Farmers hope spindly weed is a biofuel gusher

          A July 31 MPR story looks at the possibility of camelina as a crop for biofuels. Ever Cat Fuels biodiesel plant in Isanti, Minn., is crushing the camelina seeds using a patented technology that can handle any plant-based feedstock. AURI Senior Project Development Director Dennis Timmerman was interviewed for the article: “It’s a great place for their industry to start,” he said. “Because their system has some advantages, allows the… Read More »MPR: Farmers hope spindly weed is a biofuel gusher