Around 8:45 this morning, a third-floor addition under construction at the Karmel Square shopping mall at 2910 Pillsbury Ave. in south Minneapolis collapsed, knocking out power in the area and resulting in the evacuation of about 25 people from the building. No injuries were reported.The shopping ma ... More >>
One construction worker is dead and another injured after the two fell into a construction hole near New Prague this morning.KSTP, citing a conversation with Green River Energy spokesman Randy Fordice, reports that "crews were digging holes about 50 feet deep and two workers were riding on suspensio ... More >>
A billboard over the Dowling Avenue North exit on I-94 doesn't exactly welcome visitors into the North Side with open arms.SEE ALSO: Judgmental Mpls neighborhood map might offend you, will probably make you laugh [IMAGE] The advertisement says, "STAY AWAY STAY ALIVE," with the Xcel Energy logo and b ... More >>
Starting on Thursday, June 20, and continuing through the weekend, the solstice storms swept through the Twin Cities, tearing down more than 2,000 trees in Minneapolis alone and knocking out power to more than 600,000 Xcel Energy customers -- including many local restaurants.For restaurants, being w ... 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 >>
Early Tuesday afternoon one of the sewers in the North Loop started spewing smoke into the neighborhood. SEE ALSO: Massive Uptown Fire engulfs building near Lake Street and Irving Avenue
Minnesota music fans who were left despondent when Oasis broke up in 2009 got a bit of a boost when Liam Gallagher hastily assembled the remnants from his former group to form a new band, Beady Eye, who rolled through First Avenue in December. And now we finally have word that Liam's brother Noel, w ... 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 >>
Run Raider, Flickr.The rain won't last, and the heat is here to stay.At least we got a short break from the heat. As some may have already noticed, heavy rains hit the Twin Cities this afternoon, causing the National Weather Service to issue a severe storm warning. Providing the storms slow dow ... 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 >>
Looters are starting to make life a misery in north Minneapolis.Adding insult to injury among north Minneapolis tornado survivors, looters are starting to descend on the neighborhood like parasites, kicking in doors and loading up trucks with stolen goods with enough frequency that police announc ... More >>
All aboard for St. Paul?Congress has 60 days to approve funding for its half of the $957 million cost of a light rail line linking Minneapolis to St. Paul. The clock was set in motion when the Federal Transit Administration sent the approved Full Funding Grant Agreement to Capitol Hill, the ... More >>
mmtzjr69outBankroll the haters and the hated will think twice about taking your money.The National Conference on LGBT Equality is in town this week at the Minneapolis Hilton, running a series of lectures and workshops for equality activists. All the big local corporations have hopped on boar ... More >>
Time to brush up on your snow emergency know-how.If there's a perfect time to have a whopper snow storm, it has to be a Friday night. Most commuters are off the road. The kids are out of school. So while the storm that walloped Minnesota over the weekend caused hundreds of car accidents and ... More >>
noiseburstNot as conductive a material as you might have imagined.For dumb animals, squirrels are clever little buggers. They will find a way to raise a family in your attic. They will outwit your most devious bird-feeder security system. And apparently, they can find a way to cook themselv ... More >>
Photo courtesy Minnesota State Fair.Not a great Minnesota get-together for everyone.At least two people did not have a good time at The Great Minnesota Get-Together today. Just after 10:30 a.m., a semi-truck rammed a telephone pole near the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Details of the accid ... More >>
Meet the invisible hands behind some of the state's biggest bills
Enter the Wayback Machine and check out some local businesses as they appeared on the internet a decade ago.
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.
Most of the outages are in the east metro and Xcel Energy plans to have all power restored by lunch time.
The storm came through in just minutes with no warning, lifting large trees and their roots from the ground and tipping them into yards, houses and streets.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning in parts of Hennepin, Anoka and Ramsey Counties. This warning is in effect until 2:45 p.m.
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.
Remember the stinky, chemically-treated utility pole that has been driving Seward neighbors bonkers? A state legislator has proposed ban of all such poles throughout Minneapolis.
As part of a worldwide event Saturday involving 2,712 cities, towns and municipalities in 83 countries, Minneapolis will dim many of the city's most notable lights to make a statement about climate change.
Hundreds of new penta-treated utility poles planned for the metro
Mastodon, Lady Sovereign and Rancid announce TC dates, new Muja/Slug remix & Gospel Gossip record studio session
While we don't pretend to have extensive training in the dark art of public relations, and at risk of sounding like a broken record, we have to say that this strikes us as fairly stupid.
Happily 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 >>
... bet the rebels strike back in a redux of a previous Scrabble post. Plus, a real-life Homer Simpson works the contr ... More >>
Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle
Xcel asks customers to pick up the tab for global warming
In 2004, according to U.S. PIRG's review of the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Release Inventory data, CHS Oil Seed Processing released a total of 520,000 pounds of respiratory toxicants at its Mankato plant.
After the controversy over the size of its tallest building was resolved in a compromise last summer (reduced from 13 stories to ten, at 112-feet high), not much has been heard about the grand Mozaic project that will significantly change the face of Uptown.
How Merce Cunningham changed modern dance--and my life
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Xcel comes begging for more nuclear waste storage
Two cheers for the departing governor
Activists want Xcel to clean up its oldest--and dirtiest--power plant
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