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Firefighters battle a fire in downtown St. Paul, Minn., that has engulfed a building that was under construction on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. There were no reports of injuries and there was no immediate word about the possible cause of the fire. (David Joles /Star Tribune via AP)

Firefighters battle large fire in downtown St. Paul

Aug. 4, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters on Tuesday battled a large fire in downtown St. Paul that engulfed a building that was under construction, causing part of the structure to collapse. Flames were shooting high into the air and the glow could be seen for miles when firefighters arrived about 4:20 a.m.,...

Ana Dominguez stands outside her mobile home near Leadville, Colo., on Thursday, July 16, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has virtually shut down the region's tourism industry, which provides jobs for Dominguez and hundreds of other immigrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries (Nathaniel Minor/Colorado Public Radio via AP)

In Leadville, coronavirus closures expose economy inequity

Jul. 26, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) — When she left Mexico for a single-wide tan-colored mobile home, with cordwood stacked outside the front door and a handful of toys strewn about a tiny front yard, just outside of Leadville, Colorado, Ana Dominguez thought she’d be there for just two years. That was 16 years...

Minnesota's community solar maintains growth amid challenges

Jul. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s community solar garden initiative continues to be the largest in the country even after dodging relentless utility opposition, a crippling pandemic and market forces that could have slowed growth. Operated by Xcel Energy after being enacted by the Legislature seven...

Severe storms in Minnesota knock out power to thousands

Jul. 18, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A line of severe storms swept across Minnesota late Friday into early Saturday, bringing damaging winds that knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses. Minnesota Public Radio reports winds were estimated at up to 80 mph at times on Friday evening as the storms barreled...

Special session renews hopes for those seeking state money

Jul. 11, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Bemidji has a problem: firefighter training that used so-called “forever chemicals” has left the city’s water supply so contaminated that it needs a new water treatment facility to make water safer for its 15,000 residents. City officials are seeking...

Colorado power plant owners announce generating unit closure

Jul. 9, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Owners of a coal-fired power plant in Colorado have announced one of three generating units scheduled to close will stop operations in September 2028. PacifiCorp, Platte River Power Authority, Salt River Project, Tri-State and Xcel Energy-Colorado own two of the three...

Solar power continues growth in Minnesota

Jul. 6, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Thomas Rekstein no longer minds looking at the electric bill for his Great River Insurance business on North Riverfront Drive. “My electric bill used to be $4,500 annually, now it’s down to $1,200 a year.” Rekstein, who had 38 solar panels installed on the roof...

Severe storm topples trees, cuts power, causes flooding

Jun. 8, 2020 7:25 AM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Severe weather packing heavy rain and winds gusts of more than 70 mph toppled trees and caused power outrages and localized flooding in North Dakota. The National Weather Service said two weather systems rolled through Fargo overnight Sunday and early Monday. A wind gust of 71 mph was...