Daily Planet Headlines: Neighbors blast proposed Phillips biomass plant at public hearing

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“Neighbors blast proposed Phillips biomass plant at public hearing”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8555
by Dan Gordon, TC Daily Planet
A standing-room only crowd overwhelmed the moderator at the December 13 public hearing and blasted both the developers and the MPCA for what they claimed was disregard of the plant’s impact on air quality, noise pollution, and quality of life in surrounding neighborhoods. Throughout the fall the issue has simmered, but the pot was stirred once again last night as developers appeared for a second time before the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) seeking approval of a revised incinerator permit. Public comments, most of them emotionally charged and sharply critical of the proposed plant, were fired off at the development team as it squared off against neighbors at Trinity Lutheran Church, several blocks from the site of the proposed plant.

“Xcel Energy adds to leading wind power numbers”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8543
by Dan Haugen, Minnesota Monitor
Xcel Energy, already the nation’s leading wind-power supplier, will breeze past another milestone before the end of the year.

“Minneapolis School Board adopts wide-ranging strategic plan recommendations”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8541
The Bridge
At its Dec. 11 meeting, the Minneapolis School Board took a strong step forward in its strategic planning process, unanimously adopting a set of recommendations put forward by its strategic planning consultant, McKinsey and Co.

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“Local green economy”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8473
by Emily Dussault, KFAI
Audio report: According to a recent study, Minnesota stands to gain a significant boost in its economy if Congress passes an energy bill making this possible.

“Family of N. Mpls shooting victim stay strong through aftermath”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8540
by Raymond Jackson, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Vernice Hall struggles to recover as her kin hold on to hope

And another take on the Minneapolis police lawsuit: “Cops sue Chief Dolan, Minneapolis”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8510
by Al McFarlane and B.P. Ford, Insight News
Calling himself a Minnesota Racial Discrimination Lawyer, Attorney John Klassen says point blank: The purpose of my law firm is to advocate on behalf of and protect employees who have been victimized by their employers.

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“Sorry, Charlie”:https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/8558
by John Van Hecke, Minnesota 2020
Minnesota’s business community is deeply concerned with Minnesota’s educational quality. Since worker preparedness strongly correlates with education, flat and sliding student performance suggests that Minnesota’s future workforce will be unable to staff industry’s innovation and fleet-footed growth.

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