A Hennepin County judge ruled Friday that city officials can no longer ban small wind energy systems used at businesses and homes, including Jay Nygard's. For four years, he's been battling his neighbors and city officials in court for the right to keep four homemade wind turbines on his Lake Minnet ... More >>
Jay Nygard got the bright idea for a homemade wind turbine in 2010, and set about collecting, in his own words, only the finest parts -- "I didn't buy a piece of shit propeller." Maybe so. But the whole thing stunk to Orono city officials. They tried to stop construction and took him to court in 2 ... More >>
The Winona Frozen River Film Festival's decision to cancel a showing of a film sympathetic to the fracking industry a week before this weekend's event has the controversial documentary's director crying foul.SEE ALSO: Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan resigns amid frac sand lobbying controversySpeaking of ... More >>
Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, is anti-gay and gets his "facts" from materials distributed at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Other than that, we're sure he's exactly the sort of elected leader Minnesota needs.SEE ALSO: MNGOP Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen: Gov't is paying minority men to im ... More >>
Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, believes life is hard -- especially if you're unlucky enough to live near a frac sand deposit.SEE ALSO: Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan resigns amid frac sand lobbying controversy During a hearing earlier this week about a proposed one-year moratorium on new frac sand mines ... More >>
Two weeks after saying he didn't plan to let a lobbying controversy end his tenure as Red Wing mayor, Dennis Egan has had a change of heart.SEE ALSO: Sauk Rapids Mayor Brad Gunderson was too drunk for jail after drunk-driving arrest Egan became mayor in early 2011 and won 73 percent of the vote last ... More >>
Matt Damon and John Krasinski pit big business against small-town environmentalists in this hard-sell film
America's latest gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty wasn't meant to lead a nation. But, since his August announcement to drop his 2012 presidential bid, he's made sure he's still governing something, somewhere. Pawlenty was named to Smart Sand Inc.'s Board of Directors on Wednesday, which marks his eighth appointmen ... More >>
In a blog post published this morning, Rochester Post-Bulletin Managing Editor Jay Furst blasts the Star Tribune for publishing "a ridiculous story" about "a report" of an eagle killed by a wind turbine on the Minnesota-Iowa border.The story -- "Eagle may have died from wind turbine" -- was written ... More >>
Meet the invisible hands behind some of the state's biggest bills
Known as the "second mayor," she controls downtown development
Pickens Plan focuses on using more wind power and natural gas
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It was ahead of its time, but now the nonprofit has a looming debt problem
In the rush to cash in on ethanol, the Midwest might be giving away its greatest natural resource
It is a universal axiom of modern politics that no politician with presidential ambitions can talk honestly about the very real problems of the government's slavish promotion of corn-based ethanol. In the corn belt states, of course, it is impossible to talk honestly about corn-based ethanol if you ... More >>
With the DFL endorsement of Keith Ellison to run for Martin Sabo's congressional post, the race itself would seem to be a foregone conclusion. But is it?
A new Lyn-Lake pizza joint combines do-gooding, fun, and pizza to charming effect
Xcel Energy says hydroelectric power is clean and reliable. For the Pimicikamak Cree Nation, it constitutes an ecological, social, and moral catastrophe.
A fake flyer making the rounds at the Capitol suggests NSP wants to pay itself millions in fines for failing to move nuclear waste off Prairie Island. Lawmakers say the parody is eerily accurate.