The massive Stone Arch Bridge Festival lineup has just arrived! Spread over several stages near the Minneapolis waterfront June 14-16, this year's fest boasts more than 40 acts alongside 250 visual artists' displays.Among the prime picks of the weekend are Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps ... More >>
It should be no surprise that running an organic farm is difficult. Cedar Summit Farm in New Prague has been running an organic operation since 1974, so it knows a little something about it. But Cedar Summit is now facing a new threat that goes beyond the usual vagaries of farming: A measure is unde ... 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 >>
In a move worthy of Homer Simpson, a security supervisor at Xcel Energy's Prairie Island nuclear power plant was fired after he was caught faking a drug test urine sample.Homer certainly would've tested positive for Duff, but the Prairie Island worker was probably trying to hide the fact he had been ... More >>
WikipediaXcel Energy and other utilities sided with the EPA in court and won.In news that initially sounds like a contradiction in terms, the Environmental Protection Agency and five major utility companies including Minnesota-based Xcel Energy, have scored a win together in the U.S. Supreme ... More >>
Though much of their lineup had already been unveiled on their website, the Lyn Lake Street Fest has fleshed out its schedule and revealed all of its acts today, including Peter Wolf Crier's first local appearance in five months. As if that wasn't enough to get us salivating about summertime fun, ... More >>
TopatoMaybe Blinky makes a guest appearance in the Mississippi this summer?Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency say it's raining radiation in St. Paul as a result of the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. The readings show elevated levels of radioactive iodine-131 i ... More >>
KSTPReports are still coming in of the smell of natural gas throughout the area.A large natural gas leak on the Central Corridor in St. Paul this morning resulted in street shut downs, building evacuations and over a thousand XCel Energy customers without a pilot light this afternoon. While ... More >>
TVAMonty Burns is looking to expand his operation.For a while there, Minnesota was vying to take the lead in pioneering the use of renewable energy. This week, the new Republican legislature will try to push is in a different direction: building more nuclear plants.Minnesota already has two nucle ... More >>
Shawn Neary's Wapsipinicon is one of many local acts performing at Stone Arch this summerThe Stone Arch Festival, a two-day local art, food, theater, and music extravaganza that takes over St. Anthony Main every Father's Day weekend, has announced its music lineup for this year. The Stone Arch Fe ... More >>
State legislators took steps yesterday to lift a 15-year ban on the development of nuclear power plants in Minnesota. Now it's up to the House to decide.
Pickens Plan focuses on using more wind power and natural gas
It was ahead of its time, but now the nonprofit has a looming debt problem
After City Pages exposes a local nuclear power plant operator with a fake diploma, his bosses reluctantly give him the ax
Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle
Xcel energy spearheads a high-stakes plan to store nuclear waste on a tiny, dirt-poor Indian reservation in the Utah desert
Coleman and Dayton partner up to bring home the bacon
Xcel comes begging for more nuclear waste storage
Why is the nuclear-power industry courting Norm Coleman?
Residents of the Red Lake Indian Reservation fight the power company
Activists want Xcel to clean up its oldest--and dirtiest--power plant
Terrorism puts industry self-regulation on ice
Minnesota has a pollution problem. But don't hold your breath waiting for a quick fix.
NSP hands the keys for its Minnesota reactors to a holding company. Is this part of a dangerous chain reaction in the nuclear power industry?
Alfalfa electricity? Northern States Power planted the idea, Minnesota farmers grew it, and a bitter tug-of-war chopped it down.
NSP says it needs to run high-voltage wires over the scenic St. Croix to keep the lights on in western Wisconsin. But critics charge the utility's plans go much further.
The current investigation into rafting the rapids on Minneapolis's stretch of the Mississippi
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.
The little-noted push to deregulate utilities will drive up rates and jeopardize service--not to mention
When a group of activists gained access to private papers from NSP's lawsuit against Westinghouse, they got a rare look at one of the nuclear industry's most serious problems.