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01/16/2017
A Morristown business has jumpstarted a program that allows companies and property owners to install energy efficient features at their buildings in the Rice County area at a palatable price. Timm’s Trucking now has a 30.5-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array on the roof of its office. The...
01/14/2017
Right now, not much but mounds of snow sit atop the roof of Edina’s public works building. But that will change in the spring, when the city installs solar panels to create a community solar garden. Clean energy advocates say the solar array is just one way that metro area suburbs are leading the...
01/03/2017
So, which New Year’s resolution was broken first? The diet one? The exercise one? Have you already said something negative about your mother-in-law despite the promise to yourself to be more positive? Yeah, we get it. Changing can be hard. But instead of giving up, maybe it’s time...
12/26/2016
Dan Thiede with CERTs talks about energy savings possible with LED holiday lights, and offers an update on the state Recycle Your Holidays program.   Story from 0:53 to 1:45 in the audio clip available at this link.   Transcript: Minnesotans looking to save money on holiday...
12/23/2016
A tweet earlier this month brings due attention to what’s billed as a remarkable nighttime sight: the “Solar Tree” that can been seen for miles from its location in Franconia Sculpture Park. The work of artist Asia Ward at the 43-acre outdoor sculpture park in Shafer, Minn., is among Minnesota...
12/13/2016
Mounds View will see a new mayor in the coming new year. Longtime councilmember and passionate community activist Carol Mueller was elected mayor on Election Day. Current Mayor Joe Flaherty decided to not run for reelection this term. Mueller said she’s thankful for the residents’ confidence in...
12/06/2016
An economic benefit could come to Stevens County without any need for the county to commit any money. The Stevens County Commissioners indicated at a meeting earlier this month they would consider a joint powers agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority to allow business and non-profits to apply...
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
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...
11/22/2016
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...

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