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Fox News crew 'watched in disbelief' as Montana's Greg Gianforte 'slammed' and 'punched' reporter
Opening eyes to danger on the road
Park Rapids woman serves up second helping of food stories with memoir
Celebrate 'National Wine Day' with themed cookies
Joyride service begins fourth season
Prep Softball: Gjerde does Saints' heavy lifting
Local Roundup: Area tennis players advance to 6A semifinals
Vikings still don't know if Bridgewater will ever play in NFL again
Twins' Hughes may not miss many games
Former Minnesota high school hockey star, current Penguins veteran Cullen playing Game 7 like it's his last
Former Arkansas Gov. takes 'Huckabee' from Fox News to religious broadcaster
Ellen DeGeneres lands new Netflix stand up special
Three more Fox News employees file discrimination suits
Minnesota judge officially confirms heirs to Prince's $200M estate
'Last Man Standing': 20th Century Fox TV to seek new home for Tim Allen comedy
Memorial Day travel volume expected highest since 2005
Fishing: Area opener a ray of sunshine
Art competition: High school artists gather in New London
Stories needed to create 'Milan: The Musical!'
Minnesota Orchestra brings classical music to Willmar
David J. Peterson
Marilyn Ruth Rusthoven
Dr. Richard Clausen
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Dionne: The wider Trump scandal
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Commentary: The genius of Roger Ailes
Letter: Give families options for early childhood education
June 8, 2015
Willmar Utilities Commission OKs solar and wind payment rate
WILLMAR — The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission has set a rate that will be paid to customers who generate more electricity from their solar and wind facilities than they buy from the city-owned utility. The commission on Monday approved paying an average retail utility energy...
June 8, 2015 - 11:20pm
May 31, 2015
Xcel Energy to check lines via helicopter inspection
MINNEAPOLIS — Xcel Energy will be inspecting its transmission lines via helicopter starting Monday. The examination of lines in Minnesota and in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota is an effort to ensure safety and reliability for Xcel’s customers, Xcel said in a news release. Crews...
May 31, 2015 - 11:51pm
May 29, 2015
Multi-site solar plan gets Minnesota PUC approval
ST. PAUL — State regulators approved Minnesota’s first industrial-scale solar energy project Thursday, a mammoth 21-site setup that will dot the Twin Cities exurbs and beyond with acres of solar panels.
May 29, 2015 - 11:25pm
April 7, 2015
Letter: A worthwhile energy lobby
With Earth Day approaching, I am writing to support an organization called the Citizens Climate Lobby. I learned of CCL in a Feb. 12 West Central Tribune story, and after further reading I've donated to and joined this group. CCL hopes to encourage energy conservation and a transition...
April 7, 2015 - 4:03am
April 6, 2015
Willmar wind turbines to be shut off for routine maintenance
WILLMAR — Scheduled maintenance is underway this week at Willmar Municipal Utilities two wind turbines. Jon Folkedahl, power production supervisor with Willmar Utilities, said DeWind maintenance technicians arrived in Willmar Saturday to begin scheduled semi-annual maintenance...
April 6, 2015 - 8:34pm
February 13, 2015
Solar energy: A new farm crop from proposed Aurora project
PAYNESVILLE — Dale Haglund has no doubt that a 13-acre swath of land on his Brooten racehorse farm would be put to better use as a solar farm...
February 13, 2015 - 11:59pm
January 9, 2015
Willmar wind turbine sidelined
WILLMAR — Mechanical issues have sidelined Willmar Municipal Utilities wind turbine No. 4 (south tower). Jon Folkedahl, supervisor of electric production for the utilities, said the turbine was taken out of service Thursday morning due to mechanical issues in the hub. He said...
January 9, 2015 - 11:06pm
December 23, 2014
Lower prices will please propane users
Minnesotans who heat their homes with propane may find the next few months a lot easier on their budgets than last winter, when a tight supply and high demand sent prices surging. Since January, when propane sold for a stratospheric $4.61 a gallon in Minnesota, the price has dropped...
December 23, 2014 - 10:59pm
December 22, 2014
Willmar Utilities Commission to consider rate-hike recommendations
WILLMAR — Members of the Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission will meet in January to further discuss a consultant’s recent recommendations for 2015 electricity and water rate increases and possible increases in 2017 and 2018. Utilities officials said the increases are needed...
December 22, 2014 - 10:54pm
December 10, 2014
Energy leaders hope polar vortex stays north
ST. PAUL — Minnesota is one polar vortex away from a winter energy crisis. With a warm-up predicted for coming days, bitter cold may be a memory, but experts say propane and wood for heating and coal for generating electricity could be in short supply if this winter begins to look...
December 10, 2014 - 11:06pm
December 3, 2014
Enbridge paves the way for new pipeline project
CLEARBROOK — Representatives from Canadian oil company Enbridge Energy met with residents in Clearbrook on Wednesday, the first in a series of open houses in December ahead of another planned massive pipeline project across northern Minnesota. The project discussed at the open...
December 3, 2014 - 11:48pm
November 14, 2014
Man pitches solar project to NLS
NEW LONDON — A proposal to use the rooftop of the New London-Spicer elementary school to capture solar energy, which would be used to offset the district’s electric bill, was presented Thursday to the school board. Arvind Auluck-Wilson, from Energy Technology Innovations...
November 14, 2014 - 8:35pm
September 26, 2014
Go renewable the right way: Granite Falls homeowner to open doors to showcase renewable energy
GRANITE FALLS — Ginger Homme turned to renewable energy to power and heat her new home for all the right reasons. She wanted to do what’s...
September 26, 2014 - 11:23pm
July 13, 2014
Renewable fuels group blasts big oil
ST. PAUL — The Renewable Fuels Association says major oil companies strong-arm retailers that sell gasoline under their brand names to avoid using any more plant-based ethanol than legally necessary.
July 13, 2014 - 11:26pm
June 16, 2014
Great River Energy elects Spicer man to board
MAPLE GROVE — Dale Anderson of Kandiyohi Power Cooperative of Spicer was one of 24 people elected to the Great River Energy’s board of directors during the annual meeting June 4 at the company’s headquarters in Maple Grove. Also during the annual meeting, Great River Energy...
June 16, 2014 - 11:38pm