THE NEW FORTY Winter weather in North Dakota is very unforgiving...
Is it too soon to be over winter? I really only need one day of driving on ice and walking out in sub-zero temperatures to feel that I have put in my time with winter. But wait, winter hasn't even off... Posted on 12/6/13 at 9:09 PM
ASTRO BOB How did Mars get so cold and dry? MAVEN may tell us
At 12:28 p.m. CST today NASA's MAVEN spacecraft successfully lifted off on a 10-month journey to Mars. Next September it will enter orbit and study the planet's atmosphere over the course of at leas... Posted on 11/18/13 at 12:01 PM
THE NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND ND deer season is 24 hours old
Early returns favor the deer, but it's a 16 1/2 day season not 24 hours. As it stands the wind and corn are the biggest obstacles. Standing corn gives plenty of food/cover for deer. The wind holds dee... Posted on 11/9/13 at 12:02 PM
THE DIRT: THE REAL DIRT ON GARDENING FROM A MASTER GARDENER IN MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA Thwarted plans
I had such big plans. Well, ok, not big. But firmly cemented in my mind.
I have such a huge list of garden chores to be completed in the next two weeks, that I figured I'd better not wait to start un... Posted on 5/16/13 at 2:46 PM
Developers have pulled the plug on the $500 million High Country Energy project after years of planning and preliminary development. The project was being developed by National Wind, a subsidiary of Trishe Renewable Energy Solutions, of India.
Xcel says the projects will boost its wind power capacity in the region by 42 percent. Approval from the Public Utilities Commission Thursday clears the way for Minneapolis-based Xcel and two energy development companies to work on securing federal tax credits.
Developers have formally abandoned their plans to build a $180 million wind farm in southeastern Minnesota that drew strong citizen opposition because of the threat it posed to eagles and bats, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday.
The Minneapolis utility says it will use power from three large wind farms in Minnesota and North Dakota. It will be Xcel's single largest increase in wind generation in the Upper Midwest and will boost its wind capacity by 33 percent.
East Grand Forks has one wind turbine that generates one-half of 1 percent of the city’s energy needs. However, despite pressure by state government and the Obama administration for more alternative energy, don’t expect the city’s sole wind tower to grow into a wind farm.
A massive storm system raked the Southeast on Wednesday, spawning tornadoes and dangerous winds that overturned cars on a major Georgia interstate and demolished homes and businesses, killing at least two people.
David Goldman and Kate Brumback
, January 30, 2013
The outgoing Congress on Jan. 1 approved a one-year extension of a subsidy for wind power, giving a lift to an industry bracing for a drop in activity.
But despite the credit, the industry is still waiting to see how much new generation will be installed with the encouragement of the credit.
A last-minute, one-year extension of a wind energy subsidy could save thousands of jobs nationwide, according to an industry group, but officials in North Dakota are waiting to see what its effect will be on jobs here.
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