BNI Coal Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE (NYSE-ALE),
owns and operates the Center Mine near Center, N.D. This surface
mine supplies lignite coal to fuel the nearby Milton R. Young
steam electric Generating Station, Units I and II.
Each year BNI Coal mines about 4.5 million tons of lignite,
supplying both units of the Young Station. The Mining process
annually disturbs and reclaims approximately 210 acres per
year. The electricity made from BNI's lignite lights up farms
and businesses in eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota.
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