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The price of gas went up – and it's likely to keep going that way

After weeks of sinking lower and lower, gas prices are inching upward again (sorry, wallets!) – though we’re still significantly better off now than we were a year ago. The average cost of a...

February 09, 2015

Minnesota could crack down on microbeads popping up in the Great Lakes

Minnesota could be the next state to crack down on plastic microbeads washing ashore and polluting the Great Lakes. The tiny beads are found in cosmetic products, including facial cleansers...

February 07, 2015

Deforestation concerns delay plans to replace MN pines with potato fields

A company’s desire to level of thousands of acres of pine forest and replace it with potato fields has prompted a state review of deforestation levels in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department...

February 05, 2015

Company at fault, but it's Xcel customers who will pay for nuclear overspend

It’s not their fault, but Xcel Energy customers are likely to end up paying more because management failures at the utility caused the cost of a nuclear plant upgrade to balloon. A state...

February 03, 2015

Allete

Allete Plans To Buy St. Michael-Based U.S. Water Services

The transaction is expected to help the company focus on its clean energy subsidiary launched in 2011.

January 27, 2015

Oil workers in North Dakota are now being laid off, as crude prices plummet

Workers drawn to the North Dakota oil fields by the promise of work are getting layoff notices – and thousands more pink slips could be on the way. CNN Money reports the number of rigs drilling new...

January 23, 2015

A tiny bat could mess up plans for a massive oil pipeline through MN

The future of a 610-mile oil pipeline that cuts across northern Minnesota could rest with the fate of a tiny bat. The $2.6 billion pipeline carrying crude oil from the Bakken fields to refineries...

January 20, 2015

Local first responders are 'not prepared' to deal with an oil train disaster

Minnesota’s emergency responders have said they are not fully prepared to deal with oil train or pipeline disasters. Firefighters and other first responders say they need better training to...

January 16, 2015

Solar

Ecolab, Mortenson Announce Separate Solar Energy Deals

A 2013 state law helped pave way for community solar gardens, which will expand options for both residents and businesses seeking to get energy from the sun.

January 13, 2015

Hearings underway on proposed oil pipeline in northern Minnesota

Minnesota residents who live along the route of a proposed 610-mile pipeline that would carry oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to Superior, Wisconsin, are getting a chance this week...

January 05, 2015

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