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Northern Idaho City Defeats Icy Streets With Beets!

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - It's a borscht of sorts keeping the streets ice-free in northern Idaho's Coeur d'Alene.

The city street department makes its own de-icer, using concentrated sugar beets from southern Idaho mixed with a salty brine.

The recipe was concocted by department Superintendent Tim Martin, who told the Coeur d'Alene Press (http://bit.ly/zc9XCJ ) that the mix has chopped the city's de-icing bill by more than
half.

No, the beet-based de-icer doesn't make the streets run red. And it's not edible: Sugar beets are typically used for making sugar, not for serving on tables.

Martin says before the city started making its own mix in 2009, it spent more than a dollar a gallon for de-icer. The beet de-icer costs the city about 31 cents per gallon.
 

      
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