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Hot Spell Pushes Xcel To Near Record Power Use

Buzzing cicadas signal yet another hot August day. But it’s the scorched lawn and grinding of an air conditioner that are Brett Severson’s clue. “My A/C is running all the time — I’d guess my bill is about $400 a month,” Severson said.

08/28/2013

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Heat Wave Closes Dozens Of Mpls. Schools For Rest Of The Week

Classes are canceled for the rest of the week at 27 schools in Minneapolis. High humidity and sweltering temps, combined with some buildings lacking air conditioning has canceled class on Thursday and Friday at more than two dozen schools, which will then resume class on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Students will not need to make up the canceled days.

08/28/2013

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Community Group Denounces Hot Conditions In Mpls. Schools

A community group organized a news conference this afternoon to denounce the conditions in Minneapolis schools. The focus was on schools that don’t have air conditioning.

08/27/2013

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Mpls. Schools Deal With A Scorching First Day

The excitement of the first day of classes for Minneapolis Public Schools came with some apprehension due to Monday’s sweltering heat. The district got permission to begin the school year a week before Labor Day four years ago. Most classrooms are not equipped with air conditioning. The principals and teachers in Minneapolis did what they could to make sure students were as comfortable as possible.

08/26/2013

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Minneapolis Schools Prepare For Hot First Day Back

We’re still a week away from Labor Day, but many Minnesota students went back to school on Monday. Minneapolis Public Schools and some other districts received waivers from the state to start this earl, which also means starting in record heat.

08/26/2013

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Good Question: What’s The Best Temperature For Your Thermostat?

We are expected to see 90-plus degree weather over the next few days. That will have a lot of air conditioners working overtime.

07/15/2013

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Charges: WI Couple Visits Sex Shop, Leaves Baby In Sweltering Car

A Wisconsin couple allegedly left their baby parked in a car while they shopped for sex toys, and are now charged with child-endangerment. The parents were shopping on June 22 at Lover’s Lane in Libertyville, Ill., said a WTJM-TV report.

07/04/2013

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Weather Blog: When Can I Turn Off The Air?

This is a question I field quite often at WCCO. It has been hot — the second warmest July on record — and humid this summer.

08/01/2012

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A/C Use Sparks House Fire, 4 Escape

Four people escaped a house fire Wednesday after firefighters believe extensive use of air conditioning may have caused the electrical junction box issues, which kick-started the fire.

07/04/2012

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AC Repair Costs Up Due To Dwindling Supply Of Freon

It may be hard to keep your cool when you hear just how much it’ll cost you to repair your air conditioning if it breaks this summer.

06/07/2012

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As The Heat Rises, So Does The Number Of AC Unit Thefts

The thermometer hit 90 degrees for the first time this spring, but there’s no relief from the heat for some Minneapolis residents.

05/18/2012

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Thieves Breaking Into Homes Through The A/C Unit

It’s a safety threat that could be sitting in your windows. Air conditioning units in ground floor windows are being pushed out to gain access to your home.

08/28/2011

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Good Question: Is AC To Blame For Summer Colds?

Walk around Minnesota and you’ll hear that low, purring hum of the air conditioning. However, you may also hear the sound of sneezing and coughing — the sound of the summer cold. So, does all our exposure to air conditioning cause summer colds?

08/03/2011

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Record Demand For Electricity In Heat Wave

Xcel Energy has set a new record for demand in the current heat wave as some customers cope with outages.

07/19/2011

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AC Technicians Working Overtime To Keep You Cool

With temps in the 100s, your air conditioning is probably getting a pretty good workout. The same goes for the air conditioning repair workers. They’ve been putting in long days just to keep up with customer calls.

06/07/2011

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