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Xcel, FAA research using drones to inspect electric lines
Alaska man injured in morning rollover in New London Township
High speed chase ends in Willmar with arrest of juvenile
Convictions published Feb. 21
County proposes new traffic option for wye corridor
Girls Basketball: Cards streak by Alex
Blackhawks close in on first-place Wld with win in St. Paul
Boys Basketball: Montevideo overpowers YME
Boys Basketball: Dragons edge NLS
Boys Basketball: Eisenbacher's double-double leads ACGC
New London Little Theatre Review: 'Opal's Million Dollar Duck' is genuine
'9 to 5' one for the ages -- even in Willmar: Musical on Barn stage through Feb. 26
Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80
Golden Globe Awards: 'La La Land' Breaks Record for Most Win
Streaming overtakes U.S. digital music sales for first time: Nielsen
Around our region published Feb. 22
Many Americans unaware of important heart health numbers: survey
Slow cooker recipes for easy meals on weeknights
Training can help surgeons tell patients best and worse scenarios
Reader News: Diaper Bears for Hope Pregnancy Center
Howard J. Powers
Cartoon by Ed Fischer
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Willmar Commentary: America's predictable pension crisis
Harrop commentary: Trump has media crying ... all the way to the bank
Parenting Perspectives: Let your kids choose -- or pave -- their own paths
December 28, 2015
MnDOT, Xcel share tips on staying safe during winter storms
With another winter storm heading to the region the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Xcel Energy shared tips with motorists and utility customers for staying safe and preparing for what the weather might bring. With the National Weather Service forecasting two rounds of...
December 28, 2015 - 5:42pm
October 15, 2012
Xcel expects 107-year-old Minnesota Falls dam to be removed by end of year
GRANITE FALLS -- Xcel Energy remains on track to remove the 107-year-old Minnesota Falls dam yet this year. A contractor is lined up for the...
October 15, 2012 - 12:00am
October 4, 2011
DNR says further environmental study not required for Minnesota Falls dam removal
MINNESOTA FALLS -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has determined that an environmental impact statement will not be required for...
October 4, 2011 - 12:00am
August 12, 2011
Missing worker's body has been located downstream from the Minnesota Falls dam
MINNESOTA FALLS - The search for a missing Xcel Energy worker's body at the Minnesota Falls dam here is over. The body of Tom Stich, 50, of...
August 12, 2011 - 12:30pm
Worker still missing after apparent fall from dam on Minn. River dam
A search continued Thursday for a second day in the Minnesota River below Xcel Energy's Minnesota Falls dam for a worker who fell off the dam...
August 12, 2011 - 8:00am
June 29, 2011
Public ownership of Minnesota Falls dam?
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine County will pursue discussions aimed at the possible transfer of the Minnesota Falls dam from Xcel Energy to...
June 29, 2011 - 12:00am
January 31, 2011
Saving Granite Falls dam will be an upstream battle; solutions laborious so far
GRANITE FALLS -- It seems a difficult task to save a 105-year-old dam to spare an ethanol company the estimated $2 million cost for revamping...
January 31, 2011 - 9:00am
September 17, 2010
Xcel planning to remove large dam; upstream water users say they're worried
GRANITE FALLS -- Xcel Energy intends in 2012 to remove an aged dam that no longer serves any purpose for the company, but upstream water users...
September 17, 2010 - 12:00am
December 1, 2009
CAPX route plan attracts a little bit of resistance
GRANITE FALLS -- The first in a series of formal hearings to be held on plans for the southern route of the CAPX electric transmission project attracted some resistance from residents along its path. About two dozen people attended the hearings during the afternoon and evening Monday...
December 1, 2009 - 12:00am
October 5, 2009
Xcel Energy taps Minnesota River dam for removal
GRANITE FALLS -- A dam built for one of the state's first hydroelectric facilities is being considered for removal. Xcel Energy hosted an informational...
October 5, 2009 - 12:00am
April 13, 2009
Fallen wire sparks fires at two homes in Atwater
ATWATER -- An Xcel Energy ground wire that became frayed from rubbing against overhanging trees snapped early Saturday evening and caused minor fire damage at two Atwater homes. Atwater Fire Chief Gerald Schwartz said the ground wire had "worn out over the years" from being too close...
April 13, 2009 - 12:00am
March 11, 2009
Blomkest residents had cold night without electricity
BLOMKEST - It was a cold night in Blomkest as residents experienced a power outage that lasted for about seven hours. The outage happened Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as sub-zero temperatures and howling winds pounded the state in a late-March snow storm. "It was cold in...
March 11, 2009 - 11:56am
January 15, 2009
Elton John, Billy Joel return to St. Paul
ST. PAUL Elton John and Billy Joel are returning to Xcel Energy Center. The piano men will bring their Face 2 Face Tour to St. Paul on May 5. Tickets go on sale Jan. 24. Prices range from $54 to $179.50. It's the third time John and Joel have performed together in the Twin Cities....
January 15, 2009 - 6:00am
December 3, 2008
Montevideo's new electric franchise would allow fee
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo approved the first reading of a new, 20-year franchise agreement with Xcel Energy, which provides electrical service in the community. The franchise agreement approved at Monday's council meeting is very similar to the agreement now...
December 3, 2008 - 12:00am
November 18, 2008
Capturing wind into batteries on the prairie
LUVERNE -- Roughly the size of two semi trailers and weighing nearly 80 tons, groundbreaking wind-to-battery technology was unveiled in the middle...
November 18, 2008 - 12:00am