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Educators who desire to learn about the energy industry should plan to attend the Lignite Education Seminar from June 11-14.

The Lignite Council is offering the seminar again in 2018 due to overwhelming positive feedback it has received from past participants. Teachers of all grade levels are accepted, and Great River Energy, Dakota Electric’s power supplier, will cover the expenses related to the training.

The seminar includes discussions on lignite coal mining and its conversion into energy, including the economic impact the industry has on the region. This training also includes a tour of a lignite mine, a lignite-fired power plant, the Great Plains Synfuels Plant (which converts coal into synthetic natural gas), and the Headwaters’ Visitor’s Center at Fort Mandan, which was constructed with the use of coal combustion byproducts.

The seminar, which provides professional development credits, is being held in cooperation with Bismarck State College, the Center for Economic Education at the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University and Minot State University. Application deadline is April 13, but it can fill up early. For more information, contact Kay LaCoe at 701-355-2194 or visit