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Parise scores winner, Wild beat Canadiens 4-3 for 2nd win

Oct. 20, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild called a players-only meeting as they struggled to start the season. In their first game since that meeting, the Wild earned a win and gained a sense of relief. Zach Parise scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Wild won their second game...

Renewable energy firm doubles down on western wind projects

Oct. 7, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A California-based renewable energy developer plans to increase by seven-fold its investments as it prepares to build more wind farms in New Mexico over the next several years. A recent analysis commissioned by Pattern Development shows a $1.2 billion economic impact from its wind...

Minnesota Legislature considers 'Clean Energy First' policy

Oct. 5, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The centerpiece of DFL lawmakers' plans to fight the climate crisis is a mandate that would make the energy grid carbon-free by 2050. But at the Minnesota Capitol, another climate measure, this one known as "Clean Energy First," has drawn just as much attention — and may have...

Steel plant plans large solar project in Pueblo

Sep. 28, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a solar developer, an energy company and a steel plant have announced a large solar project in Pueblo. The Chieftain reports Lightsource BP would build, own and operate the proposed 240-megawatt solar facility on property owned by EVRAZ North America, a steel...

Minnesota labor unions divided over the Green New Deal

Sep. 15, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two national leaders of the Service Employees International Union recently came to St. Paul to talk about the union's latest initiative to fight climate change: the Green New Deal. Earlier this summer, the SEIU executive board passed a resolution endorsing the sweeping measure proposed...

Xcel Energy seeks to alter Minnesota's 'value of solar' rate

Sep. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's largest utility wants to change how the state calculates its trailblazing "value of solar" rate as it faces a potential spike in payments to community solar operators. Since 2017, Xcel Energy has paid community solar projects based on a value of solar rate, a number meant...

Flooding closes schools, restricts travel in SE South Dakota

Sep. 13, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Flooding from torrential rain that's soaked much of southeastern South Dakota closed schools for a second day on Friday, submerged city streets and caused some to evacuate their homes. The cities of Mitchell, Dell Rapids and Madison have been hit especially hard with the area...

South Dakota flooding prompts evacuations, school closures

Sep. 12, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Heavy rain soaking much of southeastern South Dakota pushed the Big Sioux River to record levels on Thursday, flooded roads, closed schools and blocked travelers. More than 7 inches of rain fell over two days near Madison, South Dakota. Up to 30 homes were evacuated Thursday...

South Dakota flooding prompts evacuations, school closures

Sep. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Crews in Madison had to evacuate residents by front-end loader as floodwater swept through the South Dakota city. Madison Police Sgt. Aaron Talich says up to 30 homes were evacuated Thursday morning. A creek that flows through the center of Madison is back in its banks. But...

Tornado hits South Dakota hospital: 'All are safe and sound'

Sep. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

When the warning sounded shortly before midnight that a tornado could be approaching, the clock turned into a stopwatch for staff members working the night shift at a behavioral health center at a Sioux Falls hospital. "We had 10 minutes to wake up 102 residents, get them to the center of the building," said...