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FARGO, N.D. – The city has moved up a rank to No. 3 in a national energy-efficiency competition that will end with a $5 million prize given to one winner. There are 50 competitors in the Georgetown University Energy Prize and Fargo is currently behind No. 1 Huntsville, Ala., and No. 2 Aspen, Colo. Duluth, the nearest competing city, is No. 7.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Most owners of grocery stores in small Minnesota towns don’t expect to still own their stores longer than five more years, a newly released survey says. Rural Minnesota...
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Tom Emmer will join President Obama when he visits Cuba on March 21. This will mark the first visit to Cuba that a sitting president has made since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. Klobuchar is the lead Senate sponsor on Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, which would lift the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba. Emmer is the lead sponsor of a similar bill in the House.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation is installing LED lights on highway around the state in an effort to save money. The project involves converting more than 28,500 roadway lights from traditional high-pressure sodium to LED (light emitting diode) technology.
How early would you show up for free coffee and bagels for a year? For Deb Todhunter, the wait began 12 hours before Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels opened its doors at 5 a.m. Wednesday at 2400 S. Washington St. in Grand Forks. "I'm used to staying up late. I work nights at the hospital right across the street," she said referring to Altru Hospital.
DULUTH, Minn. -- One day after Gov. Mark Dayton came out strongly against the proposed Twin Metals copper mine near Ely, opponents of the project piled on, releasing results of a statewide poll showing two-thirds of Minnesotans do not want a mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The poll found that 67 percent of Minnesotans questioned oppose "sulfide mines on the edge of the Boundary Waters Wilderness" while only 16 percent support it.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota’s congressional delegation has announced $542,416 in federal funding for diabetes treatment and prevention for the Spirit Lake Tribe.
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota utility regulators approved a comprehensive settlement agreement with Xcel Energy on Wednesday that locks in base electric rates for customers through 2017 and moves up the timeline for the company to build a natural gas-fired power plant in the state. The agreement resolves lingering issues from a February 2014 settlement regarding how Xcel spreads the cost of new resources developed in its system.