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Xcel wants to build $575M solar plant in Becker

Xcel Energy has unveiled plans for the largest solar-energy plant in Minnesota by far, a $575 million project in Becker adjacent to the company's Sherco coal-power complex. The solar plant would create 900 union construction jobs and provide enough electricity to power 100,000 Upper Midwest homes, the company said. It would...

 

Enbridge taps new approach for pipelines

It’s the dead of winter in Minnesota, and the woman’s footsteps make a distinctive crunching sound as she walks down a snow-covered road. She and others are conducting an Ojibwe pipe ceremony along the Mississippi River, offering a ground blessing and prayers for the safety and health of people working on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline project. The pipe is loaded with...

 

With Twins game, downtown businesses are ready for the most action in a year

After shutting his downtown Minneapolis pub for the first few months of the pandemic, Dermot Cowley initially tried reopening last June. He called it quits after two weeks. "It was a ghost town down here," said the owner of O'Donovan's Irish Pub, which is across the street from First Avenue and Target Center, and a block or so...

 

Gas prices will rise to three-year high

Drivers eager to get back on the road more than a year into the pandemic will face the highest summer gasoline prices since 2018, according to a U.S. government report. Prices at the pump will average $2.78 a gallon from April to September in the U.S., more than 30% higher than last summer. While covid-19 will continue to...

 

State regulators fail to hold Enbridge accountable for Line 3 promises

Last week MinnPost published a piece outlining the multiple failures of state regulators to hold Enbridge accountable for its broken promises. Among the largest failures is Enbridge’s hiring practices. Barely a quarter of the workers currently working on the pipeline are from Minnesota, with the rest coming from places like Missouri and Texas. This large influx of transient...

 

'Ever Sick Dangles': Indigenous Apparel Brand Celebrates First Nations Hockey

Growing up, when Harlan Kingfisher (Plains Cree from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation) would leave the house for big hockey games, his grandfather, or Mushum, would instruct him to smudge his blades and hockey stick. "Smudging" is the Indigenous practice of burning sweetgrass or sage in prayer to summon positive energy and...

 

Delta cancels about 100 flights, opens some middle seats

DETROIT - Delta Air Lines canceled about 100 flights Sunday due to staff shortages, and it opened up middle seats a month earlier than expected in order to carry more passengers. The airline says it had over 1 million passengers during the past few days, the highest number since before the coronavirus pandemic began last year....

 

Minnesota Small Business Development Centers Partner with First Children's Finance to Support Minnesota's Child Care Industry

St. Paul – Under a partnership agreement announced today, First Children’s Finance will operate as the first statewide satellite center in the Minnesota Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network – providing specialized business and financial assistance to child care businesses across Minnesota at no cost to the businesses. Minnesota SBDC is part of the Minnesota...

 

Osseo gun shop under fire after offering ammunition for 'trip to the hood'

A gun shop in Osseo is facing heavy criticism on social media after it sent an e-mail advertising ammunition for customers' "trip to the hood." Several customers left unfavorable reviews on the Osseo Gun Club and Pro Shop's Facebook page after getting the e-mail late last week. The store's Facebook page has since been...

 

Minnesota farmers had most profitable year since 2012, extension data confirm

Minnesota farmers in 2020 had their most profitable year in nearly a decade due to good weather and aid designed to offset health and trade crises. Median farm net income rose to $106,969 last year following seven years of low profitability, according to a report published Tuesday by the University of Minnesota Extension and...

 

Line 3 promised to be a boon to northern Minnesota's economy. Halfway into construction, has it lived up to its promise?

For Harry's Bar and Grill in Hill City, construction on Enbridge's $4 billion Line 3 oil pipeline came at the right time. When work began Dec. 1 on the 340-mile pipeline across northern Minnesota, the state had just banned indoor dining at Minnesota bars and restaurants for the second time amid a dramatic rise in COVID-19...

 

Catawba Nation hails 'great news' for long-awaited gaming facility

The Catawba Nation has secured federal approval of its Class III gaming compact with the state of North Carolina, just months before the debut of the tribe's long-awaited casino. A notice of the approved agreement was published in the Federal Register by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Thursday. Chief Bill Harris welcomed the...

 

In shift, oil industry group backs federal price on carbon

WASHINGTON — The oil and gas industry's top lobbying group on Thursday endorsed a federal price on carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming, a reversal of longstanding industry policy that comes as the Biden administration has pledged dramatic steps to address climate change. The American Petroleum Institute, whose members include ExxonMobil, Chevron and...

 

Why is Biden halting federal oil and gas sales?

BILLINGS, Mont. — President Joe Biden shut down oil and gas lease sales from the nation's vast public lands and waters in his first days in office, citing worries about climate change. Now his administration has to figure out what do with the multi-billion dollar program without crushing a significant sector of the U.S. economy — and while fending off sharp criticism from...

 

Enbridge prevails in Minnesota Tax Court, counties brace for fiscal hit

Minnesota counties that host Enbridge's oil pipelines say they are again looking at a budget-busting debacle after two recent tax court rulings in favor of the Canadian company. Enbridge's appeals of its state tax valuations have been bouncing through Minnesota courts for years. The Minnesota Tax Court's latest opinions are the...

 

Is Enbridge Line 3 needed? Key question lands before Minnesota appeals court next week

The demand for oil - and thus the need for Enbridge's controversial new pipeline - will take center stage this week before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. It's at the core of an attempt to overturn the state's blessing of new Line 3, a $3 billion-plus project that is already half built. If the appellants are successful, work on...

 

NEW SHIPMENT OF BLANKETS ARRIVED TODAY AT THE TRADING POST!! INCLUDING BABY BLANKETS!! COME CHECK IT OUT!!

NEW SHIPMENT OF BLANKETS ARRIVED TODAY AT THE TRADING POST!! INCLUDING BABY BLANKETS!! COME CHECK IT OUT!!...

 

White Earth Reservation, Shooting Star Casino raise minimum wage to $16 an hour

To help attract and retain more workers in a competitive market, the White Earth Nation and the Shooting Star Casino in northwestern Minnesota are boosting their minimum wage to $16 an hour. The new starting wage, which includes hourly wages and tips, takes effect later this month. It is a considerable boost for the casino's...

 

IRS will delay tax filing due date until May 17

Americans will be getting extra time to prepare their taxes. The Internal Revenue Service says it's delaying the traditional tax filing deadline from April 15 until May 17. The IRS announced the decision Wednesday and said it would provide further guidance in the coming days. The move provides more breathing room for taxpayers...

 

February cold snap could cost CenterPoint customers additional $354, plus interest

CenterPoint Energy is proposing to spread the cost of a colossal natural gas price spike - $354 per household on average - over two years to help cushion the blow to Minnesota consumers and the company itself. The deep freeze that paralyzed Texas last month ignited U.S. wholesale gas prices, leaving Minnesota's gas utilities...

 

Report says Duluth's Spirit Mountain is a major economic driver; will more public funding follow?

DULUTH – The city should keep investing tourism tax dollars to keep troubled Spirit Mountain afloat and growing, a task force says - the economic impact is worth it. "Every dollar of tourism tax appropriated to Spirit Mountain generates $18.72 in economic impact," says a lengthy report released Monday with recommendations on...

 

RED LAKE RETAIL STORE HOURS AND PONEMAH CONSTRUCTION

Starting April 1st all three retail locations will return to pre-pandemic store hours!! The Trading Post and Ponemah Market hours will be 7 am to 9 pm, seven days a week. The C-store will be 6:30 am to 9:00 pm. Most staff have been vaccinated or have been given the option to secure the vaccine. Hours of operation had been...

 

Alaska Native group, Neiman Marcus settle coat lawsuit

JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska Native cultural organization and the luxury department store Nieman Marcus have settled a lawsuit over the sale of a coat with a copyrighted, geometric design borrowed from Indigenous culture. The Sealaska Heritage Institute said in a statement on Wednesday that both sides, including 11 other defendants besides Nieman Marcus, agreed to terms “to...

 

Target's sales grew $15B last year, more than in last 11 combined

As the pandemic changed the way people shop, Target stayed one step ahead of most competitors, quickly expanding options for customers to buy products without shopping in stores. The result: sales growth of $15 billion, more than the past 11 years combined, and a $9 billion gain in market share, the company said Tuesday. Now,...

 

EASTER CANDY AND SUPPLIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE RED LAKE TRADING POST

EASTER CANDY AND SUPPLIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE RED LAKE TRADING POST!! COMING SOON, EGG DYE KITS, BASKETS AND MORE!! ___________________________________________________________ NEW AT THE TRADING POST, BOOTS, SHOES, SHORTS, AND MUCH MORE!! A NEW SHIPMENT OF CLOTHES, PURSES, BILLFOLDS, BABY CLOTHES AND MORE WILL ARRIVE NEXT...

 

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