Energy

Slackening demand for frac sand has some mines biding time

Since the oil and gas industries turned up the demand for frac sand, the supply seems to have grown even faster. That means a silica sand mining boom in Minnesota is not taking shape —...

November 10, 2013

Delayed by shutdown; waiting continues on environmental review for PolyMet

There’s another hold up during the environmental review process of a proposed northern Minnesota copper mine near Hoyt Lakes. The Duluth News Tribune reports that last month’s federal...

November 06, 2013

Mosaic Closes Mine As Profits Plummet 70%

Mosaic, one of Minnesota’s 10 largest public companies, said its revenue fell almost 30 percent last quarter; its stock, meanwhile, has dropped nearly 20 percent in 2013.

November 05, 2013

Nebraska company buys idled Minnesota ethanol plant

An Omaha energy company announced an agreement to acquire the idled BioFuel Energy Buffalo Lake plant in Fairmont and indicated it has plans to reopen it by the end of the year. The Lincoln Journal...

November 05, 2013

Minnesota corn harvest moves past 5-year average

Minnesota’s corn harvest is running slightly above the harvest’s average over the past five years, The Associated Press reports. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 73 percent of...

November 05, 2013

Xcel requests 2-year phased rate increase

Xcel Energy on Monday went to Minnesota regulators to seek a two-phase rate hike – a 4.6 percent bump in January 2014 and a 5.6 percent hike in January 2015, the Star Tribune reports. Those hikes...

November 04, 2013

Xcel Energy makes changes to solar rewards program

Major changes to a popular Xcel Energy program to subsidize solar panels on Minnesota homes and businesses could make it less beneficial for customers to install the systems. Even with the new...

November 01, 2013

Harvest

Three Minnesota Lawmakers Key Players In Farm Bill Negotiations

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz are among the 41 lawmakers sitting on the bicameral committee assigned to forge a compromise farm bill before the end of the year.

October 29, 2013

Ethanol blend E15 arrives, saves motorists 15 to 25 cents per gallon

Motorists who keep an eye on their budget as well as their gas gauge will have a chance to save up to 25 cents per gallon by pumping the ethanol fuel blend known as  E15. KSTP reports the cheaper...

October 29, 2013

3M

3M Invests In Another Israeli Firm

3M’s investment arm has purchased a minority stake in Takadu, a tech company that uses algorithms to identify problems in water systems.

October 16, 2013

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