North Dakota is suing to force the state of Minnesota to drop restrictions on coal-generated electricity, but big utility companies here have already conformed to the rules and say they're not interested.
Digital, streaming employees at WCCO-TV vote to unionize
The 15 employees will join on-air talent and producers as members of the SAG-AFTRA union.
Police arrest man suspected of sexual assault, weapons threat in Eagan
The investigation prompted a SWAT response in an Eagan neighborhood on Tuesday.
Twin Cities 'psychic' pleads guilty to scamming pair out of $130K
She operated a psychic reading shop in Hopkins.
Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, August 16
The latest reporting period averaged just under 1,300 new cases per day.
Man arrested after woman shot three times inside Frogtown home
The suspect fled the scene.
Restrictions in place as Emerald Ash Borer found in Sherburne County
The county is now the 36th in the state with a confirmed presence of the invasive insect.
Home that was scene of June standoff engulfed in fire
Authorities arrived to find the home fully ablaze.
Crosstown Hwy. 62 reopens as footage emerges of truck hitting bridge
The westbound lanes were closed in Edina from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday night.
Flash flooding as torrential rain hammers Cambridge
Flooding and damage from a non-severe storm Wednesday evening.
Minneapolis nonprofit celebrates anonymous donor's $1.5M gift
Appetite For Change is building sustainable, local food systems in North Minneapolis.
North Dakota leaders renew push against Minnesota coal regulations
Gov. Dalrymple says if Minnesota energy regulators require utilities to pay more to burn coal it will hamper North Dakota's growing lignite industry, which already provides a large share of Minnesota's electric power. Regulators here imposed higher costs on coal-burners as part of a plan to require utilities to generate a quarter of their energy from renewable sources by 2024.
North Dakota coal group putting up $500k to fight Minnesota restriction
A consortium of six North Dakota utilities and coal mining companies is chipping in $500,000 to fight Minnesota's ban on energy generated by burning coal. The state's Industrial Commission filed the original lawsuit. The North Dakota legislature is also committing funds for the legal challenge.
North Dakota coal plants to pump their CO2 underground in the future
Therefore, North Dakota officials feel the state should be exempt from a Minnesota law that requires utilities to pay more to burn coal, even those from out-of-state. It's part of Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 that requires new coal power emissions to be offset.
North Dakota sues Minnesota over coal power limits
The state of North Dakota and its coal power industry want to overturn a Minnesota law that limits imports of electricity generated by coal. Critics claim the law is unconstitutional and unfairly limits business between the states.
Environmental groups want Minnesota to prod Xcel Energy away from coal
Xcel Energy will soon need to purchase new pollution control equipment if the company wants to keep burning coal at its largest Minnesota power plant in Becker. Environmental groups want the state to order the utility to study alternatives to coal, especially solar and wind power.
Duluth-based utility not ready to shut down old coal plants
Minnesota Power says it wants to further study the environmental benefits and economic impacts. The Department of Commerce recommends closing at least three of utility's coal-burning plants by 2016. Each unit is more than 50 years old. Environmental groups have also urged closing the coal power plants, while industrial users want state regulators to disregard the advice.
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