excerpted from the West Douglas County Record, 10-11-07
Ten years ago this week, landmark legislation requiring a 10 percent blend of ethanol in virtually every gallon of gasoline sold in Minnesota went into effect. The miles stone was reached amongst virtually no fanfare, something renewable fuels advocates say underscores the incredible success of Minensota's ground breaking ethanol implementation.
Originally, ethanol was sold only in the winter months in the Twin Cities as a way to decrease carbon dioxide levels in accordance with the EPA air quality standards. The program was so successful it was extended to year-round in the Twin Cities, and eventually to a statewide requirement.