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Dayton Asks For Added ND Oil Train Safety

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants added safety measures for oil trains leaving North Dakota. Dayton made the request Tuesday in a letter to North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

09/23/2014

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Gas Prices Continue To Decline

If you’re heading out of town for the holiday weekend, now might be a good time to fill up on gas. The average cost of a gallon of gas in Minnesota is $3.33. That’s down from $3.49 one year ago.

08/25/2014

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Roundtables Aim At Improving Oil Train Prep

The first of several Minnesota roundtables on oil train safety has focused on keeping freight lines operating safely, efficiently and with as little disruption as more oil from neighboring North Dakota crosses the state.

08/11/2014

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Railroads, Pipeline Companies To Pay For Safety

A new Minnesota law aims to protect the state from hazards created by increasing amounts of oil passing through Minnesota by rail and pipeline. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Tuesday. The law requires railroad and oil pipeline companies operating in Minnesota to help pay for training and emergency preparedness programs.

05/20/2014

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Does ‘Oil Pulling’ Really Give You Whiter Teeth, Better Skin?

Coconut is the hot commodity at the Eastside Co-Op in northeast Minneapolis. People cook with it, melt it over popcorn, and use it as a moisturizer, but the most unusual thing they do with it, is swish it. Fifteen minutes a day, five days a week.

05/06/2014

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$150K Study Could Help Minn. Benefit From ND Oil

A proposed $150,000 study would examine how Minnesota could leverage the North Dakota oil boom for its own benefit. The research would not focus “just on the effects (of the boom), but also how we can possibly benefit and position ourselves to take advantage of that,” said Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, sponsor of the bill outlining the report.

04/01/2014

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Officials: Canadian Oil Won’t Hurt ND Production

The proposed but controversial multibillion-dollar pipelines that would bring a flood of Canadian tar sands oil to the U.S. likely won’t hinder North Dakota’s soaring crude production, state and industry officials say.

03/10/2014

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More Trains Carrying Oil Causes MN Grain Shortage

A boom in using trains to ship oil to Minnesota could cause a shortage at the breakfast table. The Wall Street Journal reports that Canada is months behind in grain shipments, as railroads have been shipping more oil instead.

03/03/2014

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ND Oil, Freight Shipments Detour Amtrak Trains

The ice fishing in northeast North Dakota is the best it’s been in two decades, but some anglers can’t make it because trains handling freight and crude from the state’s oil patch are displacing Amtrak passenger service.

02/09/2014

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As 2014 Begins, Gas Prices Higher In Minnesota

In the new year, Minnesota drivers are paying more at the pumps than a year ago. The average price statewide is $3.24 a gallon. That compares to $3.07 this time last year.

01/01/2014

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ND Spills Went Unreported; State Testing Website

North Dakota, the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None was reported to the public, officials said.

10/25/2013

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Meetings Slated On N.D.-To-Wis. Oil Pipeline

A Canadian pipeline company is holding meetings this week in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin on a proposed pipeline designed to move crude out of western North Dakota’s booming oil patch.

08/19/2013

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Analysts: Midwest Drivers To See Lower Gas Prices

The worst may be over for drivers in the upper Midwest who have been grappling with the highest gasoline prices in the continental U.S. Analysts said one major Illinois refinery is back online and another big one in Indiana is on track to ramp up production again soon.

06/11/2013

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Gas Prices Are Rising…..Why?

What???

05/15/2013

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Inside Minnesota: Silica Sand Storm (Part 4)

In St Charles, Minn., a sand production company is trying to build a plant on 300 acres of land, and residents there are afraid it will ruin their way of life.

05/10/2013

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Inside Minnesota: Silica Sand Storm (Part 1)

With the oil boom in North Dakota and demand for domestic oil growing, there’s a need for silica sand that’s used to drill for the oil.

05/07/2013

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Frack Sand Co. Agrees To Voluntary Review In Minn.

A sand mining company has agreed to a voluntary environmental review of two mines it’s proposing for Winona County.

02/21/2013

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5 Car Tips For Frigid Temps

The cold weather can be really tough on your car, and it can be hard to wade through all the information about the best ways to keep it running well.

02/01/2013

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The Reasons Behind Gas Spike In Minnesota

The average price of gas in the Twin Cities is around $3.45 per gallon, which is nearly 40 cents higher than it was a month ago. So, why did prices jump so high so quickly?

01/31/2013

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CBS Local Presidential Forum: Obama/Romney: Duke It Out Over Energy And Health Care

The two presidential candidates were asked a question by CBS Local about Obamacare vs. Romneycare and asked them to talk about the similarities or differences between the two plans.

10/15/2012

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CBS Local Presidential Forum Obama/Romney: Square Off Over Education and Energy

Today on the CBS Local forum, Romney and Obama were asked: What will you do to make the U.S. more energy independent?

10/12/2012

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Opinion: Gas Prices Are The Government and Obama’s Fault

Americans continually hear that the president of the United States can do nothing about gas prices. John Hofmeister says that isn’t true. The doubled gas prices could have been avoided but no one in a political position who can do anything about the prices wants to do anything.

10/10/2012

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Spokesperson: Bachmann ‘Tar Baby’ Quote Not Racial

A spokeswoman says U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann wasn’t referring to race when she used the term “tar baby” to attack President Barack Obama’s energy policy.

04/20/2012

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ND Senator: Oil Money Trust Talks Should Begin

A North Dakota lawmaker says the state’s oil trust fund could have $1 billion by June 2013.

03/15/2012

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