National wildlife refuges pump more than $2 billion to the economy but proposed cuts in federal funds could hurt those lands, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told conservation leaders Tuesday.
Polls are open in cities and towns around Minnesota. In Minneapolis, voters are turning out to choose among 35 candidates for mayor. They're also voting to fill city council seats. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar, who was near the Brian Coyle Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to increase its electricity rates in Minnesota by 4.6 percent next year and 5.6 percent in 2015.
Xcel Energy is asking state regulators to approve a 4.6 percent rate hike in 2014 and another 5.6 percent increase in 2015 for electricity customers in Minnesota.
Xcel Energy plans to revamp a rewards program for customers who have solar panels on their roofs.
There was consensus that Wisconsin's experience, where many mines have clashed with local communities and in some cases have violated environmental laws, should not be repeated.
Washington County has one site where silica sand is being mined. But forum organizers say the oil drilling in North Dakota is expected to continue for decades, and more sand will be needed for the process known as hydraulic fracturing.
Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed local officials and citizens from outside the seven-county Twin Cities metro area to the commission. They'll work on a master plan and will give the Legislature recommendations on which greater Minnesota parks and trails should receive grant money.
A group of Ely residents is working to spread the word about a possible expansion of mining in northeastern Minnesota.
The mineral leases are auctioned off periodically to companies interested in discovering minerals like copper, nickel or gold. The DNR held an auction for these leases a year ago, but the state's Executive Council decided not to sign off on them because of a court challenge.
The utility says it will come up with a plan to spread out the increase over several years to minimize the impact on customers.
The crash remains under investigation, but State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said officials suspect most of the passengers were not wearing seat belts.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the recall affects 383 units of 88 percent lean fresh ground beef sold between Sept. 4 and Sept. 7.
Nearly two years after a failure of one of its units led to extensive damage, Xcel Energy's Sherburne County Generating Station is back to normal.
A fence held the van long enough for him to escape and for a tow truck to pull it away from the fence, clearing up a traffic jam on eastbound I-94 in downtown St. Paul, said police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos.