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LAKE CRYSTAL — The Lake Crystal Municipal Utilities has launched a new competition to help lower electricity rates, the latest effort to stabilize rates that many say are more manageable after a spike two years ago but continue to be high compared with surrounding cities. So far, 30 people have...
APPLETON — Solar panels are sprouting amongst the corn fields and on the rooftops of Southwestern Minnesota, and we can expect more of them soon. At the end of 2015, Minnesota calculated that its solar electric capacity had reached 35 megawatts. By the end of this year, the Minnesota Department...
“Being part of the community is really important,” according to Aitkin Mayor Gary Tibbitts. He and a four-member council currently lead government affairs in the city of Aitkin. Tibbitts sees his most important role as being an ambassador for Aitkin. “We want people to live, work and play in...
An EarthCare Fair is planned for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 18 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. The fair, planned by the church’s creation care team, is intended to help attendees learn practical ideas and information to help care for the Earth. Throughout the day, the public is...
The Clean Energy Resource Teams, a statewide government and nonprofit partnership working to promote sustainable energy for Minnesota communities, is asking your opinion. In conjunction with a grant to the Region Nine Development Commission, CERT is looking to survey Minnesotans concerning their...
A small town on the prairie of southwest Minnesota, Morris has an outsized reputation in the renewable energy world. The city’s University of Minnesota campus boasts two wind turbines, solar thermal and photovoltaic installations, and a small biomass plant. Having seen the university’s...
MANKATO — They’re not called “Institutional Solar Gardens,” but cities, counties, schools, hospitals and other large institutions have been the primary target of sales team pitching subscriptions to the gigantic solar arrays planned in the Mankato area. Region Nine Development...
Lutheran Church of the Cross hosted more than 40 church goers and residents at its Nisswa location Wednesday, May 4, to talk about the recently purchased solar panels installed on the northern side of church property near its community garden. Roger Garton, technical director of the Rural...
At the May 3 meeting, the Sunfish Lake City Council unanimously approved a resolution allowing the suburb to become a GreenStep City. Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary assistance, recognition and challenge program designed to help communities achieve their sustainability goals. Based...
Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa received a CERTs Seed Grant to install solar at the church. Click play below to watch news covereage on Lakeland Public TV. Click here to see the video on LPTV’s website >>



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