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Falling installation costs and federal stimulus grants are spurring homeowners, businesses and schools to install solar systems.
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St. Louis County set to declare state of emergency ahead of peak flood levels

Volunteers are urgently needed for sandbagging efforts in a small community near Voyageurs National Park.

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Brothers Bar & Grill closes in downtown Minneapolis

The Midwest chain closed its St. Cloud location in 2018.

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Licensed physician Ken Jeong to do standup in MN this September

The licensed physician will take the stage at Treasure Island Resort and Casino on Sept. 30.

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Osseo PD says officer did not pursue suspect who caused fatal crash

The crash happened in Brooklyn Park early Sunday morning.

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Suspect arrested after 3 family members stabbed in Albert Lea

The three victims are related, according to police.

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Evidence that omicron strains BA.4 and BA.5 are in Minnesota

The European CDC has warned of a possible significant summer surge fueled by the omicron subvariants.

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Hastings man charged for driving drunk with 2-year-old in vehicle

Matthew Quade's BAC was almost five times over the legal limit when police pulled him over last week.

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Arrest made after person shot at Hopkins apartment building

Police say this was an isolated incident and that the victim and suspect knew each other.

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BA.2.12.1 omicron subvariant quickly becoming dominant in MN

Experts say the subvariant is more transmissible but there is not evidence to suggest it causes more severe disease.

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Bloomington company to build solar project in Massachusetts

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.

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.

Minnesota to join in shining spotlight on autism

Governor Mark Dayton will join a crowd of Minnesotans for a Capitol rally on World Autism Day. The event will also offer parents of autistic children resources on therapy, insurance, housing, and employment. Federal officials now say one child in 88 has an autism-related illness.

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.

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Why solar energy makes good business sense

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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.

Young professionals are flocking to Twin Cities

We've got jobs and a lower cost of living than many of the hot places-to-be, such as San Francisco, and those facts are luring thousands of college grads.