The decision by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission means Xcel Energy can go ahead with two projects in southern Minnesota and two in North Dakota.
A federal judge could soon decide the fate of Minnesota's six-year-old renewable energy law, which North Dakota officials say is an unconstitutional overreach.
Giving by foundations and corporations went up 15 percent from 2010 to 2011, accounting for $1.7 billion in gifts in 2011, the Minnesota Council on Foundations said. Individual donations also increased.
The state's pheasant population is down by about 30 percent this year over 2012.
According to a new University of Minnesota study published online Thursday in the journal Science, reducing phosphorus can result in less of the microbial processes that eliminate another unwanted nutrient: nitrogen.
It took a decade for the Minnesota Lynx to become a profitable operation. "This has just been a wonderful opportunity now that we have the team and are also profitable," says owner Glen Taylor.
Peak fall color is arriving a bit later than it did last year, thanks to a warm September. Observers in state parks and recreation areas are reporting pockets of color.
Xcel says it will put up to 20 megawatts of community generated solar power on its system in the next two years to help the utility meet a new solar energy standard.
Minnesota's recycling rates have been lagging in the past few years, and the state's considering whether money would change people's habits.
St. Paul residents don't water their lawns as much as they used to, and population growth has been modest. Those trends have left St. Paul's water treatment plant with less work than anticipated. But just four miles away from where St. Paul's water waits to be treated, water levels at White Bear Lake continue dropping, in part because local communities are taking too much water from a nearby aquifer. The Metropolitan Council says St. Paul could help the lake by providing water to some of the communities using the aquifer -- or even by piping water directly into the lake.
The Met Council is studying whether it's feasible to pipe St. Paul's water to some of the northeastern suburbs -- or take some of the raw water St. Paul is pumping from the Mississippi and send it to a new regional treatment plant. the idea is to lessen pressure on the aquifer beneath White Bear Lake.
A police report released today reveals more details about the death of Terrance Franklin, who died May 10 following a foot chase and confrontation with several officers.
Here in the land of 10,000 lakes, zebra mussels and Asian carp have generally topped the list of recent marine environmental concerns. But in the 1920s, before wastewater treatment plants were built, there were far bigger problems.
Some environmental groups have criticized the EPA for not doing more. In 2012 several groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, filed two lawsuits aimed at forcing EPA action on reducing the size of the dead zone.
Sierra Club is urging Xcel Energy to retire two of its coal-powered generators at the Sherco Plant as Xcel prepares to negotiate the plant's future with state regulators.