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02/21/2017
Interest in energy efficiency or adding renewable energy, like solar, has been growing in recent years. A new financing tool, called Property-Assessed Clean Energy will now help adoption of these energy technologies grow even faster. Newly available to businesses, farms, multi-family housing, non...
02/11/2017
Early Tuesday morning this past week, Mayor Paul Hicks delivered his annual State of the City Address. The yearly speech is one that summarizes key achievements of the past year and also offers a taste of what the city hopes to accomplish in the coming year. This year’s speech talked of...
02/09/2017
There is work that can be done at a city and state level to preserve our planet for future generations. By listening and acting with skill and mindfulness, we can do this work. I live in Oakdale, Minnesota. In 2015, the city was presented the first-ever Sustainable City Award for our Generation...
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...
01/08/2017
Noah and Reed Johnson of Bemidji were awarded third place in the CERTs and MnSEIA statewide Solar Video Contest. Noah is a seventh-grader at Bemidji Middle School and Reed is a fourth-grader at Schoolcraft Learning Community. They donated a portion of their winnings to Great River Rescue. You can...
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...

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