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TCB Unveils Person Of The Year: Duluth Mayor Don Ness

Don Ness celebrated his 40th birthday on Thursday by accepting the Person of the Year award for his outstanding leadership in strengthening Minnesota’s economy and culture.

January 10, 2014

Minnesota report: 10-cent recycling refund would cut waste, boost jobs

A new 10-cent refund on recyclable drink containers in Minnesota would cost beverage makers $29 million a year but increase recycling across Minnesota and create a net gain of 1,000 jobs, a new...

January 10, 2014

Cold snap hangover: natural gas bills may double

Temperatures across Minnesota are finally headed upward. And utility bills will be, too. CenterPoint Energy tells KSTP its Minnesota customers set a record for natural gas use on Monday. Then broke...

January 08, 2014

High demand for natural gas prompts Xcel Energy to seek usage cut

The higher demand for energy in extreme cold is promoting Xcel Energy to ask 600 business customers in Minnesota and North Dakota to reduce their natural gas usage. The Associated Press says the...

January 05, 2014

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Explosive Train Derailment Heightens Concerns About Transporting Bakken Crude Oil

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a safety alert Thursday, warning that Bakken crude may be more flammable than other, heavier crude oil.

January 03, 2014

Taconite production on Iron Range: 'Good this year; better next year'

Taconite production on Minnesota’s Iron Range dipped by 2 percent in 2013, but experts think next year could bring the highest output in more than a decade. A state revenue official tells the...

December 17, 2013

Groups ask feds to study mining's impact on Lake Superior

A coalition of more than 50 groups from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to study the cumulative effects of existing and proposed mining projects on...

December 16, 2013

Xcel Energy's latest rate increase approved by regulators

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a temporary rate increase for Xcel Energy Thursday. The Star Tribune reports the 4.6 percent interim hike takes effect next month...

December 12, 2013

Minnesota opens review on controversial copper mine to public

An environmental analysis on Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine has been released for public review and comment. The Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the...

December 06, 2013

Regulators tell Xcel to study retiring 2 Sherco coal generators

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission said Thursday that Xcel Energy must take a detailed look at the future of its largest coal-fired power plant and study how soon its two oldest units could...

December 05, 2013

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