Prairie Island

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Julian Smith Charged in Strip Club Assault that Left Victim in Coma

    Julian StephonWendell Smith has been charged with aggravated battery for his role in a strip club brawl near Red Wing Friday night. The assault left a Prairie Island power plant worker from Ohio in a coma just two days before he was set to return home. Smith, 23, was released yesterday on $7,500 ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Dakota descendants sue landowners and other Indians to reclaim part of southern Minnesota

    Descendants of Dakota Indians are suing southern Minnesota property owners to set up a new reservation on land that was once promised by the federal government. A class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks to evict the current inhabitants of 12 square miles northwest of New Ulm and asks for monetary d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Red Wing, not Mpls, is first MN city to scrap Columbus Day

    The Minneapolis City Council recently approved a resolution renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day on all officials city communication.Minneapolis hasn't scrapped Columbus Day altogether, though. Going forward, the city will jointly recognize Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day on the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Prairie Island nuclear security supervisor pulls Homer Simpson, gets busted faking drug test

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    American Indian group blasts Obama on nuclear waste issue

    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.

  • News

    October 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    Former Minnesota nuclear power plant employee outed as diploma-buying fraudster

    Homer.jpgHappily for us--but less so for our cheese-loving neighbors to the east--the man who reportedly bought bogus degrees in nuclear engineering and accounting has found a new job. At a Wisconsin nuclear po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2006

    D'oh! A nuclear blunder and a one-day story

    Last week, Michael Keegan, an anti-nuclear activist out of Indiana, was ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2004

    Checks Without Balances

    McCain-Feingold was supposed to stop the flow of soft money. So what's with all the attack ads?

  • News

    May 12, 2004

    Nuke 'Em!

    Xcel energy spearheads a high-stakes plan to store nuclear waste on a tiny, dirt-poor Indian reservation in the Utah desert

  • News

    October 29, 2003

    Mullah Meets Megaton

    It's time for the U.S. to put up its nukes

  • News

    May 28, 2003

    The Deal Goes Down

    Pawlenty and the legislature go for "shared sacrifice" --with a vengeance

  • News

    December 18, 2002

    Made to Be Broken

    Xcel comes begging for more nuclear waste storage

  • Arts

    September 11, 2002

    I Can't Drive 55

    A new book uncovers the real story of the aggrieved Indians, earth first!ers, idealists, frauds, anarchists, lost souls, and free spirits who fought against highway 55

  • Books

    May 29, 2002

    Burns Loves Quimby

    Why is the nuclear-power industry courting Norm Coleman?

  • News

    May 22, 2002

    Coffer It Up

    Norm Coleman's new job, by the numbers

  • Books

    October 17, 2001

    Nuclear Freeze

    Terrorism puts industry self-regulation on ice

  • Books

    June 21, 2000

    Megawatts and Margins

    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?

  • Books

    January 26, 2000

    Blood Money

    On the Shakopee Mdewakanton reservation, dissidents want to know: Who is an Indian?

  • News

    September 29, 1999

    Against the Grain

    Alfalfa electricity? Northern States Power planted the idea, Minnesota farmers grew it, and a bitter tug-of-war chopped it down.

  • Arts

    April 28, 1999

    Seeing Red

    Lakota artist Francis Yellow turns historical injuries into polemical offensives

  • Books

    March 24, 1999

    Check's in the Mail

    Under the 1994 Prairie Island law, NSP must pay millions into a clean-energy fund. Fine, says the power company--but define "pay."

  • News

    October 21, 1998

    Because They Can

    Six minor-party contenders for governor promise to bring back the primo dime-bag, turn the governor's mansion into a flophouse, tax water, get big brother out of your bedroom, ditch the nukes, and reveal the secrets of gravity-defying hair.

  • News

    April 8, 1998

    Prairie Dogged

    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.

  • News

    December 17, 1997

    Wasting Away

    Citing growing health problems, Dakota residents at Prairie Island ask the Legislature for help in relocating away from the nuclear waste on their reservation.

  • News

    November 26, 1997

    Dust in the Wind

    The cost of clean electricity, environmentalists say, should be borne by all Minnesota ratepayers, not just ecologically minded customers who can afford the premium.

  • News

    May 21, 1997

    Bayou Bias

    For the first time ever, citizens convinced the feds not to license a nuclear facility.

  • News

    January 8, 1997

    The Gubernatorial Gang

    Minnesota pols never stand so tall as when they loom over black youths.

  • News

    October 23, 1996
  • News

    July 17, 1996


    Railroads built this town.

  • News

    June 12, 1996


    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.

  • News

    March 20, 1996

    After the Gold Rush

    How casino millions changed life on the Mdewakanton Dakota reservation in Shakopee.

  • News

    January 17, 1996
  • News

    November 29, 1995
  • News

    November 8, 1995