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Published October 23, 2011, 11:34 PM

Biodiesel essay scholarship honors memory of Minnesota farmer

ST. Minn. -- An annual scholarship for Minnesota high school seniors has been launched under a new name at the Education Minnesota Professional Conference in St. Paul.

Biodiesel essay scholarship honors memory of Minnesota farmer

ST. Minn. -- An annual scholarship for Minnesota high school seniors has been launched under a new

name at the Education Minnesota Professional Conference in St. Paul.

The Reuben Youngerberg Memorial Biodiesel Scholarship is open

to any Minnesota high school senior and offers a $1,600 1st place and

$500 2nd place award to the winners of an essay contest about

biodiesel, a cleaner-burning alternative fuel produced and used in

Minnesota. Rules and an online entry form can be found at

www.cleanairchoice.org.

This year's scholarships are given in memory of the late father of

Mike Youngerberg, senior director of field services for the Minnesota

Soybean Growers Association. Reuben Youngerberg owned a farm in Blue

Earth County, where he held a number of board positions in local

agriculture organizations.

The scholarship is administered by the American Lung Association in

Minnesota, which recognizes biodiesel as a "clean air choice" fuel

that reduces emissions. The scholarship is sponsored by the Minnesota

Soybean Research and Promotion Council, with additional support from

the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board,

MEG Corp, and Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

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