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Minnesota Cities Seek State Help With Outdated Water Systems

By Bill Salisbury DENNISON, Minn. (AP) — It was not in Jeff Flaten’s job description 15 months ago when he was elected mayor of Dennison, Minn. Every day, including weekends and holidays, Flaten drives to a sewer lift station on the west edge of the tiny Goodhue County town, pries opens a manhole-size steel lid […]

Crews Renovating 180-Year-Old Home in Tuscaloosa

By Stephen Dethrage TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Contractors are working around the clock at Tuscaloosa’s historic Drish House to overhaul and renovate its interior in time for a wedding scheduled there May 7. If everything goes according to plan, the marriage will mark the 180-year-old building’s official reincarnation as an events venue. The house was […]

European Steelmaker Idles Aluminizing Line in East Chicago

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — A Luxembourg-based steelmaker has shut down its aluminizing line along the Indiana Harbor in East Chicago, but the closing doesn’t come as a surprise because the company has been warning for months that there’s too much steelmaking capacity in the United States. ArcelorMittal had been planning for more than a […]

Pipeline Opponents Ask Board to Consider New US Oil Exports

By David Pitt DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Opponents of a proposed pipeline project in Iowa want the state utilities board to take additional evidence that crude oil produced in the United States is now being shipped overseas, which would bolster their argument that North Dakota oil to be shipped through the so-called Bakken pipeline […]

Driven By Power Outages and Savings, Town Looks to Microgrid

By George M. Walsh ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid. The decision by Nassau to rely on solar, wind, landfill gas and battery storage […]