Jay Nygard, as you may recall, is the Orono-based rabble rouser who nearly went to jail this summer for refusing to take down a personalized wind turbine. Well, a new battle presented itself last week -- this one involving his son and an higher level of government. "He took on the city," says Nygard ... 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 >>
English folk-punk journeyman Frank Turner has seen his stock skyrocket over the past few years, especially in his beloved home of the U.K., where's he's now selling out arenas and moonlighting in Olympics opening ceremonies. Not bad for a foul-mouthed, tattooed ne'er-do-well who made his first mark ... More >>
Prince and 3rdEyeGirl are opening the gates of his Paisley Park estate to reintroduce Minnesota to the New Power Generation. This show comes after nearly a year of building up his live acumen with his new all-female trio -- including three shows at the Dakota and a pair at Myth. Unlike farewell part ... More >>
At the State Fair, Mark Dayton called for the state to move toward eliminating coal-burning power plants and said Minnesota ought to "be in the forefront of creating a cleaner environment."SEE ALSO: Will Steger baffled by Tim Pawlenty's global warming flip flop Nothing too out of the norm, right? Bu ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with a cell-phone sourced new video from Sleep Study for the group's catchy current single. We've also got brand new clips from Literati, Patch ... 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 >>
It's impossible to appreciate this time of year, but if you're sick of winter, here's a comforting thought -- in just a few months, we'll again be enjoying one of America's finest tree canopies!SEE ALSO: North Siders upset about city of Minneapolis's tree-planting tornado commemoration According to ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Norm Coleman blasts Cali Democrat John Burton after he compares Paul Ryan to Goebbels-- Mitt Romney blames Wisconsin's problems on Obama, ignores Scott Walker [VIDEO]-- Obama shouts out Warroad-based, Romney-supporting Marvin Windows [VIDEO]The American Future Fund will spend $207,000 to ... 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 >>
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 >>
We picked this little gem up at the Log Cabin Republicans booth at Twin Cities Pride over the weekend. It offers protection when used as designed. But we're not sure a thin layer of latex is the answer to BP's toxic plume in the Gulf of Mexico. City PagesThe Log Cabin Republicans handed out condom ... More >>
The Prairie Island Indian Community near Red Wing is concerned that the federal government's about-face on Yucca Mountain means the nuclear waste storage site 600 yards from their land isn't going anywhere soon.
Known as the "second mayor," she controls downtown development
Obama released an official statement on Al Franken's win of Minnesota's vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Monday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Shakopee's Rahr Malting plant and Koda Energy are brewing up enviro-beer
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 >>
Planet Earth is coming undone. If only we'd listened to Donald Johnson.
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?
FRIDAY MORNING NEWS CRUISE: WAL-MART NO, WOLFIE YES, AND THE SHOCKING DETAILS OF THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY MASSACRE In the Strib: The town of Ham Lake says no to Wal-Mart; Northwest Airlines to trim fleet and cut 900 jobs; St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly is not a very nice man; CJ reveals that "Joe Milliona ... More >>
A hardy band of travelers light out for the big easy
A new Lyn-Lake pizza joint combines do-gooding, fun, and pizza to charming effect
People in tiny Preston, Minnesota, have a lot of questions about a plan to burn 10 million tires a year in their town. Too bad the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency doesn't.
Key St. Paul City Council races enter the home stretch
Many years ago, before the locks & dams were built, the Mississippi River ran wild through the heart of Minneapolis. Why not again?
Minnegasco's fixed-payment plan may be surprisingly costly
Minnesota has a pollution problem. But don't hold your breath waiting for a quick fix.
Many clients can't afford it. Builders are leery of it. When will ecologically sound housing reach the mainstream?
Minnesota pols never stand so tall as when they loom over black youths.