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Innovative Research

Minnesotans want good jobs, a healthy environment and a stable economy. NRRI research works to achieve all three. One way? We develop innovative, environmentally friendly materials from waste biomass resources, like a new plastic-like material from tree lignon.

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5013 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth, MN 55811
Duluth Labs and Administration
(218) 788-2694
5013 Miller Trunk Hwy
Duluth, MN 55811
Coleraine Labs
(218) 667-4201
PO Box 188
One Gayley Avenue
Coleraine, MN 55722
Partner Organization: Center for Economic Development
(218) 726-7298
11 E Superior St #210
Duluth, MN 55802

NRRI researchers focus on the future!

NRRI Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Black engine part installed on snowmobile engine
February 28, 2019

NRRI's Prototype Lab has unique material to help UMD students build a cleaner snowmobile for international competition.

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February 28, 2019

NE MN is now captured in an online Natural Resources Atlas to allow access to hundreds of layers of data.

Arial view of Duluth harbor and lift bridge
February 20, 2019

Our Climate Futures conference, March 19 & 20, to address climate change scenarios and adaptation strategies.