Why did Minn. leaders miss Wilf's legal woes? Do Minnesota politicians not know how to use Google? Absent a proper background check, a simple Google alert would've alerted the leaders as recently as April 2012 that the Wilf's New Jersey empire had been the target of a 21-year old lawsuit and a two-year-long trial.
Regulators OK smaller Xcel rate hike, cost overrun probe Xcel Energy will be able to raise electricity rates by less than half what the utility requested and will face additional scrutiny for cost overruns on its project to upgrade the Monticello nuclear plant, state regulators ruled Thursday.
Xcel, Minneapolis agree on green energy goals The move may make a proposed vote on replacing Xcel with a city-run utility unnecessary. The commitments were outlined in an exchange of letters between Mayor R.T. Rybak and the utility.
Swinging CO2 levels show the Earth is 'breathing' more deeply Plant life on our planet soaks up a fair amount of the carbon dioxide that pours out of our tailpipes and smokestacks. Plants take it up during the summer and return some of it to the air in the winter. And a new study shows that those "breaths" have gotten deeper over the past 50 years.
Farmers welcome recent rains MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about rain that ended a recent dry spell, and the prospects for warmer temperatures for the tail end of summer and for the fall.
Video Q&A: Another stadium for MLS in MN? The tantalizing news that Major League Soccer is going to grow by 20 percent in the next eight years has some observers, like Fox Sports North, speculating about a futbol team in the new Vikings stadium.
In extremely early births, making life-or-death decisions About 30,000 American babies are born so prematurely each year that they will face serious, lifelong problems. These cases raise thorny questions about how doctors and families make the difficult decisions concerning the lives of these children.
Can Congress rescue the post office? The U.S. Postal Service lost some $16 billion last year and continues to bleed red ink. Congress has been unable to agree on a rescue plan. The latest proposal would allow the post office to end Saturday delivery in a year and enable it to ship wine and beer.
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