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12/01/2016
The $12 million upgrade of three downtown St. Paul commercial properties is being touted as one of the largest privately funded energy efficiency projects ever assembled for a single property owner in the U.S. Three properties owned by Minnesota private real estate firm Madison Equities – the...
11/22/2016
St. Paul’s iconic “1st” sign atop downtown’s historic First National Bank Building shines again. In a snowy ceremony Tuesday evening, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman counted down to the sign’s relighting. The 1st sign, which has been dark since January, was updated with LED lighting as part of...
11/22/2016
Downtown St. Paul’s First National Bank Building’s giant landmark sign was officially relit on Tuesday evening — after a brief test on Monday evening — and several Iocal Instagram photographers were ready with cameras on tripods. Jess Berglund, Cameron McCall and Jeff Schad (jlbergie5,...
11/22/2016
Click play below to listen to the story: Story transcript: The glowing red “1” atop the First National Bank Building will be flashing again on the St. Paul skyline starting Tuesday night. The 80-year-old landmark has been a fixture in St. Paul for generations, marking the core...
11/22/2016
An iconic landmark on the St. Paul skyline shines brightly once again. The owners of the First National Bank Building hosted a ceremony to celebrate the restoration of the 1st sign atop the building. The sign has been dark since January when winter storms knocked out several of the neon lights....
11/22/2016
A downtown St. Paul landmark is lit once again. Last winter, a snowstorm damaged several lights on the 1st National bank sign. A half-million dollars later, the sign now features all LED lights. Crews turned on the sign Tuesday night. Dan Thiede with CERTs planned the VIP and media event for...
11/22/2016
St. Paul residents squinted through the rain to check out that red No. 1. The illuminated 1st sign, which has shone above St. Paul for decades, went dark in February. It returned to the city’s skyline Tuesday with an environmentally friendly twist. After a storm knocked out part of the 50-foot...
11/22/2016
One of St. Paul’s brightest landmarks is shining again. A snowstorm broke some of the lights in the 1st National Bank sign last winter. The downtown landmark was turned off as crews replaced all of the lights with LED lights. The $500,000 project is now complete, and the lights were...
11/03/2016
ST PETER, MN – Two area farms have installed solar panels to generate electricity… and the Minnesota Farmers Union is working to increase those numbers. The union hosted a Solar Field Day, where Clean Energy Resource Team, Energy Solution Companies and local farmers came together...
11/03/2016
The time has never been better for adding solar power, developers and renewable energy experts said during a discussion and tour organized by the Minnesota Farmers Union. “Prices of solar have really come down so that utility-scale solar is at grid parity with other sources of generation in 47...

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