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The Xcel Energy Allen S. King Plant in Stillwater was shut down Wednesday after a fire damaged a portion of the plant's coal handling section Tuesday night. No one was hurt and no interruptions to area electric power were reported. Around 6:15 p.m., coal bound for the plant's boiler area caught fire in a seventh-floor storage bunker. After plant employees employed a sprinkler system to put out the fire, displaced coal dust ignited, causing an explosion that ripped a hole through a corrugated steel wall at the building's northeast corner, said Mike Bell, Bayport fire chief.
WORTHINGTON -- Commissioner Dan McElroy of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) offered ideas for cultivating business growth in rural Minnesota at an assembly Tuesday at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. McElroy explained DEED's new Strategic Entrepreneurial Economic Development (SEED) initiatives, which Gov.
A key state lawmaker on Wednesday unveiled plans to move Minnesota's beloved walleye fishing opener a week earlier and impose a statewide limit of four walleyes per day, down from six daily. The proposed changes were relayed in a letter from State Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, to state Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Holsten. The proposals still must pass both the state House and Senate and be signed by the governor to become law.
ST. PAUL - Fallout from former Transportation Department employee Sonia Morphew Pitt's termination continued Monday as three managers were punished for failing to properly supervise Pitt. Citing results of an independent review, the Department of Employee Relations suspended one MnDOT manager for three days without pay and reprimanded two others. Pitt, of Red Wing, who led the agency's emergency response planning, was fired early last month after an investigation found she misused state resources.
Each year some Minnesota snowmobile enthusiasts take to the trails after the first snowfall, when trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Although the official start of the snowmobile season is Dec.
CLEARBROOK -- The exact cause of the Enbridge Energy oil pipeline explosion Wednesday is unknown. But company officials have a theory. "There was no welding going on at the time," said Richard Bird, Enbridge executive vice president for liquids pipelines. "The most likely source of ignition were the vehicles." Bird, Enbridge Vice President for Operations Leon Zupan and company CEO Pat Daniel held a press conference Thursday morning at the old Clearbrook High School to discuss the incident.
ST. PAUL - A federal judge questioned whether he should even rule on Northshore Mining Co.'s request to eliminate an airborne fibers requirement near its Silver Bay taconite plant. Northshore Mining on Thursday went to federal court seeking to remove a standard requiring air around its mining facility near Lake Superior contain no more asbestos-like fibers than are found in St. Paul air.
The federal Energy Department tried to influence a Twin Cities television station's online ethanol poll. The Washington Post reports an Energy Department official forwarded an e-mail to colleagues encouraging them to vote in favor of ethanol. "YOUR QUICK VOTE NEEDED -- Send KARE11 a message about E85!" the e-mail's subject line read. About 300 employees and 150 contactors in the department received the e-mail, the Post says. Energy spokesman Jonathan Shradar saw nothing wrong with the e-mail: "The office regularly sends out news points, data and keeps (the staff) informed.
Durk Stark learned from an early age the way that being in the woods or beside a body of water in the wild can connect a person to the outdoors. He grew up hunting waterfowl and whitetails in the Alexandria area. It was during these hunts that he developed an appreciation for the rich tradition of hunting in America. Now from his home in Pepin, Wis., Stark captures the allure of that hunting heritage by making wing-bone turkey calls. These calls were a favorite of turkey hunters almost 40 years ago.