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The St. Paul Ford plant that builds the Ranger (when was the last time anybody actually bought a Ranger, anyway? 1996?) was saved from being steamrolled by Ford as it made the initial runup to the Great Leap Forward. But all ain't wine and roses in the Twin Cities. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty went to Dearborn to negotiate with the Blue Ovals to save the plant, offering tax incentives, pimping ethanol-production and giving stock options on his third-born child to the automaker to keep the plant open. Meanwhile, UAW-types and Norwegian bachelor politicos are hoping that Ford will do something green at the facility, which features its own hydropower plant. [Thanks to Scott for the tip]

Ford plant hits hurdles [St. Paul Pioneer Press]

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