Solar panel maker TenKsolar is preparing to construct a $10 million solar power system for a Massachusetts municipal utility west of Boston in what will be the largest project ever for the Bloomington company, the Star Tribune reports.
Motorcyclist killed in collision with pickup truck and trailer
The 31-year-old crashed his motorcycle into a pickup truck's trailer near St. Stephen, Minnesota on Friday.
Woman dies after 'recklessly' driving through yards, crashing into tree
A male passenger was seriously injured.
Duluth PD standoff ends with officers learning suspect wasn't home
The suspect is currently booked at the St. Louis County Jail pending charges.
Tornado warnings issued as severe storms hit Minnesota
A tornado watch is in effect for an area that includes the Twin Cities until 10 p.m.
Raising Cane's hiring 250 ahead of opening its 2 newest MN locations
The newest locations in Lakeville & Roseville bring the total number of Raising Cane's restaurants in MN to 17.
Next round of storms could bring tornadoes, very large hail
It could be a rocky afternoon and evening in eastern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Mother arrested for death of baby found in Lake Pepin in 2003
The mother has also been identified as the mother of the baby found in the Mississippi River in 1999.
Giant Trails to make giant memories for the whole family
Giants Ridge is located 3-hours away from the Twin Cities, 1-hour away from Duluth
Bison could soon be roaming land near Shakopee again
Viewing areas are being planned in Scott County along county highways 16 and 87.
Arcade Fire, Beck to make stop in Minneapolis for 'We' tour
The tour features appearances in North America and Europe.
Ikea plugs in largest solar power project in Minn.
The Swedish retail chain has finished installing the solar panels on top of its Bloomington store, the Star Tribune reports. Ikea says the array of 4,300 solar panels will produce roughly 1.2 million kilowatt hours worth of electricity a year, the equivalent of powering more than 100 homes yearly.
Minnesota makers of solar panels face tough competition in oversupplied market
An analyst says the start-ups will have "a very, very difficult time" competing with established companies amid the global glut of solar panels. Last month Silicon Energy of Mountain Iron joined TenKsolar of Bloomington in making the panels.
New law aims to bring solar energy to public buildings
A new $500 million bonding bill now signed into law includes an option for public buildings to take advantage of solar energy. Advocates say it will help state schools, hospitals, police stations, and other public buildings to install solar energy this year and into the future.
3M expands solar-film plant
3M is expanding its sustainable energy footprint with its new photovoltaic film manufacturing plant in Missouri. The Maplewood-based conglomerate says the film cuts manufacturing time and replaces the need for the heavy glass used in rooftop solar modules. The Star Tribune also reports the project will lower costs for U.S.-based makers of solar panels.
U.S. Bancorp, SolarCity to fund $250 million in solar projects
Minnesota-based U.S. Bancorp, parent company of U.S. Bank, and California-based SolarCity announced Wednesday their sixth and largest renewable energy tax equity fund since the two companies partnered three years ago. It will finance up to $250 million in residential solar power and commercial solar power projects for homeowners, businesses, schools, and government buildings.
New Minnesota 'plastic lumber' company building from ground up
Rochester-based Envirolastech has developed a new kind of plastic that company founders say can replace lumber in construction. The product outperforms wood in strength tests, won't split, rot or fade, and it gets stronger in cold weather, not more brittle like most plastics, company founders say. They plan to launch manufacturing operations next year, Finance and Commerce reports.
State sells $769M in bonds for building, road projects
The bonds were sold at a historic low interest rate of 2.82 percent. The sale now brings the state’s bond debt total just under $6 million.
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