Daily Planet Headline: Burning wood and building an empire

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“Burning wood and building an empire”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8701
by Dan Gordon, TC Daily Planet
Ed. note: District Energy is at the center of the burning controversy in St. Paul. Wood, coal, natural gas, garbage — the arguments swirling around fuel sources sometimes generate more heat than light. This article looks at one of the major players: St. Paul’s District Energy.

Looking out over downtown St. Paul on a winter day, you won’t see much smoke billowing from the tops of businesses and government office buildings. That’s because 80 percent of the city’s downtown is heated from the same source—the District Energy biomass plant on West Kellogg Boulevard. Most of the major downtown corporations, as well as the buildings that make up the state capitol complex, have hot water pipes that lead to District Energy’s center of operations, a 28.5 megawatt incinerator that consumes 280,000 tons of wood waste a year. From an office adjacent to the furnace, the company has carved a name for itself in the world of renewable energy, earning itself admirers, opponents, and people who are just confused about how exactly the whole thing works.

“Year in review: the long road to next year”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8761
by Joe Bodell, Minnesota Monitor
2006 was easy. 2007? Not so much.

An election year has opportunities for reporting, breaking news, and fast commentary built in; there’s simply too much news for the traditional media to cover. Thus, the second half of 2006 was a great time for Minnesota Monitor to break into the scene with our own brand of news and analysis on the dozens of competitive races going on around the state.

“Highway 280’s neighbors grow desperate for sound wall”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8763
by Anne Holzman, Park Bugle
Heavier traffic on Highway 280 since the I-35W bridge collapse last August has spurred renewed efforts to get sound walls completed along the road where it passes near homes.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

“Honoring Women Worldwide”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8716
by Norma Smith Olson, Minnesota Women’s Press
Nancy Stephan founded ‘Honoring Women Worldwide’ – an organization whose name is its mission

“Perseverance pays off — Webber Library reopens”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8765
by Sue Quist, Camden News
As I write, we are approaching the nadir day of our years light. Sometimes darkness feels heavy, but it carries with it the latent excitement that comes with the knowledge of longer days to come; an excitement that mirrors the anticipation of the reopening of Webber Park Library. Things hoped for often come. Let’s take a look back.

NEW IN VOICES

“Actions needed as well as words for a new North”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8735
by Kerry Ashmore, North News
“Creating value through diversity,” is the new motto for North Minneapolis devised through the Northside Marketing Task Force. It sure beats “a rough and tumble Minneapolis neighborhood” as the most recent callous media characterization of a Northside intersection would have it.

NEW IN BLOGS

“Suspicion, statistics and editing”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8651
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
Is coal or wood worse for the environment? Which fuel produces greater air pollution? Should wood, or any bio-mass, be considered an acceptable fuel? These questions are matters of hot debate in the Twin Cities today, and I wish I could say we have tracked down the answer. I can’t say that, but I can describe the process of turning what looked like an easy answer into a series of unanswered questions.

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