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Sparta ethanol plant battle ends in a draw

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A long-running legal battle over a proposed ethanol plant in Sparta may finally be over with nothing to show for it.

A deal has been approved in which Century Foods will buy 80 adjacent acres, where the Coulee Area Renewable Energy group was planning to build its ethanol plant.

Century will pay $2.5 million for the land and other rights.

Meanwhile, the energy group agrees not to build within three miles of the site and all previous legal matters will be dropped.

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