Spiritwood, North Dakota

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Census-designated place & Unincorporated community
US Post office in Spiritwood
US Post office in Spiritwood
Spiritwood is located in North Dakota
Location within the state of North Dakota
Spiritwood is located in the US
Spiritwood (the US)
Coordinates: 46°56′10″N 98°29′44″W / 46.93611°N 98.49556°W / 46.93611; -98.49556Coordinates: 46°56′10″N 98°29′44″W / 46.93611°N 98.49556°W / 46.93611; -98.49556
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Stutsman
 • Total 0.876 sq mi (2.27 km2)
 • Land 0.876 sq mi (2.27 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,480 ft (450 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 18
 • Density 21/sq mi (7.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 58481
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-74660[3]
GNIS feature ID 2584357[3]
Spiritwood in 1925

Spiritwood is a census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. An unincorporated community, it was designated as part of the U.S. Census Bureau's Participant Statistical Areas Program on March 31, 2010.[4] It was not counted separately during the 2000 Census,[5] but was included in the 2010 Census,[6] where a population of 18 was reported.[2]

It lies east of the city of Jamestown, the county seat of Stutsman County.[3] Although it is unincorporated community, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 58481.[7]

Spiritwood Industrial Park[edit]

In 2007, ground was broken on a coal-fired cogeneration power plant, built by Great River Energy in Spiritwood Industrial Park. The industrial park, planned and funded the year before,[8] was built coincidental to expansion of the nearby Cargill Malt plant and construction of the power/steam plant was predicated on a co-located ethanol plant. After construction was completed in 2011,[9] the power plant was idled due to the recession, and need for a second steam partner (Cargill Malt being the first), after plans for the original ethanol plant fell through. In 2013, Great River Energy began construction on its own co-located ethanol plant, which would utilize the extra steam capacity of the power plant.[10] The economic upturn and the promise of a second end-user for waste steam prompted the power plant to begin commercial operations in 2012. Construction of the ethanol plant was finished in July, 2015. The construction of the ethanol plant was financed, in part, with a $75,000,000 EB-5 investment, managed by CMB Regional Centers.[11][12] The ethanol plant began production in June, 2015, and produced 65 million gallons of ethanol in its first year.[13]