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Commerce presents Home Energy Exhibit at 2013 State Fair


Tue, Aug 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Educational displays showcase energy efficiency, renewable energy



SAINT PAUL, MN – Whether discovering money-saving energy tips or scouting out renewable energy options, this year’s Home Energy exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair promises to raise the energy IQ of visitors by about 100 megawatts.



The exhibit, located at the Eco Experience on the north end of the fairgrounds, will include educational displays to demonstrate many ways homeowners can improve the efficiency, comfort, safety, and sustainability of their homes. Visitors will be able to view all sides of one’s home—inside and out—to gain energy-saving ideas. From basic energy assessments and energy conservation measures to exploring clean energy projects, the Home Energy exhibit will provide engaging displays for kids and adults alike.



“The Home Energy exhibit will help visitors discover cost-effective, environmentally sound solutions to making one’s home more energy efficient,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “Consumers will get help with energy projects, and how to plan and pay for them.”



For the second straight year, the Home Energy exhibit is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources in collaboration with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The 6,000 square-foot exhibit is a partnership of state agencies, utilities, retailers, neighborhood energy groups, nonprofits, trade organizations, finance agencies, and more. The group has the shared goal of educating the public about effective approaches to energy improvement.





Renewable energy takes center stage

Renewable energy will be prominently featured, with several displays dedicated to solar and wind energy. The solar energy area is a partnership with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society and will include four new displays:





· Solar Electricity display that demonstrates the benefits of generating solar energy for electricity and how solar photovoltaic panels provide electricity to your house.



· Solar Water Heating display that highlights the benefits of solar energy to heat water in a home and how the sun heats water, sending it to a storage tank and then into the house.



· Solar Air Heating display tha .....
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Two legal decisions find Stearns County farmer improperly handled and sold food

Mon, Aug 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two recent legal decisions have found a Stearns County farmer improperly handled and illegally sold food without a license. Last week a Stearns County jury found Alvin Schlangen guilty of five misdemeanor counts of food handlin ..... 
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What do bugs, scarecrows and moldy food have in common?

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

What do bugs, scarecrows and moldy food have in common? You’ll find them all in the MDA State Fair exhibit! ST. PAUL, Minn. — Visiting the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) 2013 State Fair exhibit will be an adventure ..... 
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DWI ARRESTS DISPLAYED ON BILLBOARDS AND LIVE-TWEETED TO LAUNCH STATEWIDE ENFORCEMENT EFFORT

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — As Minnesota traffic deaths continue to surge in 2013, a statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DWI enforcement campaign rolls Aug. 16–Sept. 2 with the aim to prevent drunk driving crashes and resulting deaths. Minnesota drunk driv ..... 
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State Adds 4,300 Jobs in July - Unemployment rate steady at 5.2 percent

Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 4,300 jobs in July, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state has gained 71,500 jobs over the past year, a growth rate of 2.6 per ..... 
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MNsure seeking applicants for Advisory Committees to MNsure Board Expertise from industry and consumer stakeholders sought—Deadline is Thursday, August 15

Wed, Aug 14th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – MNsure is seeking applicants for two Advisory Committees to the Board to provide guidance, advice, and recommendations as it carries out its mission. Two committees have been established: the Health Industry Advisory Committee and t ..... 
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MN National Guard MEDIA ADVISORY: Local pioneers of the U.S. Air Force’s aeromedical evacuation system will reunite in St. Paul

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Founding members of the 133rd Airlift Wing's 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron will join past and present Airmen to reunite and honor the unit's significant accomplishments at 1:30 p.m., Sat. Aug. 17, at the 133rd Airlift Wing i ..... 
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Highway 44 between Mabel and Highway 52 opens to traffic

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 44 in Fillmore County from Mabel to Highway 52 is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 44 had been closed while crews conducted culvert repairs. Motorists should exp ..... 
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Highway 16 between Spring Valley and Preston opens to traffic

Mon, Aug 12th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Spring Valley to Preston is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 16 had been closed while crews conducted culvert repairs. Motorists shoul ..... 
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