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NRRI demonstrates process for developing titanium dioxide

May 25, 2017

NRRI releases results of a demonstration project that shows Minnesota ilmenite resources can be processed into high value titanium dioxide... more
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Funds available for rural small businesses

April 26, 2017

Blandin Foundation infuses funds to NRRI's Business Assistance Fund to help entrepreneurs in Itasca County and other small communities.
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Building markets for balsam fir

April 24, 2017

Chemical-free heat treatment makes Minnesota's low value softwoods durable for expanded markets.
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Land use changes in wake of ethanol expansion

March 23, 2017

Study shows conversion of grassland to corn production in relation to expanding ethanol refineries.
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Improving steam locomotive sustainability

March 3, 2017

NRRI continues research to develop a clean burning, renewable solid fuel to replace fossil coal in steam locomotives.
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NRRI patents filtering product to remove cadmium

February 16, 2017

NRRI helps rural Minnesota business with complex chemistry for product to remove toxic pollutants from industrial water systems.
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State funding will move Minnesota's mining future forward

January 31, 2017

NRRI's Mining Innovation Initiative received $2.6M from the state legislature. What are we doing with it?
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NRRI expands markets for modified wood

January 26, 2017

Overcoming a hurdle in wood treatment leads to higher value products from wood resources.
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Jobs, clean fuel come with NRRI solution for invasive plant in Africa

December 14, 2016

NRRI proposes a solution to removing an invasive plant in Africa that could provide much needed jobs and a cooking fuel source.
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Niemi receives recognition for ornithology career

December 7, 2016

A career dedicated to avian science leads to ornithology award for NRRI Scientist Jerry Niemi.


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