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Work beginning on one of Minnesota’s largest solar projects

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Work starts this week on one of Minnesota’s largest solar projects. The 62-megawatt solar center being built in Lyon County will generate enough electricity to power about 15,000 homes. The facility on 355 acres near Marshall will be owned and operated by Marshall Solar, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources in partnership with Xcel Energy. Xcel says ...

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Trump reaches the magic number to clinch nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party’s unbound delegates who ...

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New horned dinosaur species discovered in Montana by amateur

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A novice fossil collector’s lucky find in a remote Montana badlands more than a decade ago has turned out to be a new kind of spectacularly-horned dinosaur, researchers announced Wednesday. The bones unearthed near Winifred, Montana represent a previously-unknown species of dinosaur that lived 76 million years ago. It’s scientific name is Spiclypeus shipporum (spi-CLIP-ee-us ship-OR-um) but ...

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Gov. Dalrymple: North Dakota oil industry ‘solid’

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple plans to meet with EPA officials to discuss CO2 emissions. The EPA Clean Power Plan has been met with resistance and is considered unnecessary federal overreach.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the state’s unprecedented oil boom is far from going bust. Dalrymple told an audience of several hundred at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo in Bismarck that the oil industry is “as solid as solid can be.” State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says there are about 11,000 Bakken wells ...

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Anaheim police: Anti-Trump violence will not be tolerated

Trump protest

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Police in California issued a firm warning to protesters Wednesday that violence would not be tolerated ahead of Donald Trump’s scheduled rally following clashes between anti-Trump protesters and police in New Mexico a day earlier. “While we recognize and respect the First Amendment rights of all individuals to express their viewpoints and protest peacefully, we will ...

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North Dakota housing fund threatened with drilling downturn

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state income tax credit that helped subsidize construction of thousands of living spaces largely in western North Dakota’s oil patch has outlived lived its usefulness with the downturn in drilling and a prolonged slump in crude prices, the chairmen of the Senate and House taxation committees say. “Without a doubt, we need to re-evaluate this,” ...

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Showdown over federal coal leasing reform at Casper hearing

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Emotions ran high in a showdown Tuesday between environmentalists and the mining industry over coal-leasing reform and whether the federal government should increase how much it charges corporations to mine federal reserves. On one side, landowner advocates and environmentalists told a U.S. Bureau of Land Management public hearing that change is overdue — up to and ...

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Pierre paves way for $2 million solar panel project

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Pierre City Commission has paved the way for what officials say will be the biggest solar energy project in South Dakota. It also will be the first solar energy project for Missouri River Energy Services, which provides nearly half of the city’s power. The city will lease 5 acres of land to a Minnesota-based company ...

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