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Review: 'The Death of Kings,' by Rennie Airth

FICTION: New evidence turns up years after a man is executed for an actress' death.


Rebuilt trout streams benefit anglers and fish

Earth-ripping work has helped restore more than 60 miles of trout streams in the past five years in western Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota. The big machines strip away thick layers of bank sediment that destroy trout habitat.


To the Hills (that is, Black Hills) for fly fishing

Black Hills fishing revives after a brush with drought and invasive species.


Northern Oil top executive was investor in loan package under SEC investigation

Inquiry looks at stock movement that yielded millions in payouts.


First Midwest cellulosic ethanol plant is producing tank-car loads of fuel

Poet Inc. is shipping fuel from Iowa facility, which could hit full output by year's end.


Xcel faces a big investment to keep its nuclear units going

The high cost of upgrading 40-year-old nuclear reactors is confronting the utility again, with $487 million in needed upgrades at its Prairie Island facility by 2020.


Five energy firms score contracts for Twin Cities government solar garden projects

Public agencies in Minnesota joined to seek out competitive project bids.


Major northern Minnesota power line wins approval from state regulators

The Great Northern Transmission project will be the state's second 500-kilovolt line when it is completed.


U.S. crude by rail industry slows down after six years of rapid growth

Once a booming business, the loading of crude oil at more than a dozen North Dakota rail terminals now faces a financial squeeze.


Minneapolis-based start-up applies advanced technologies to power-demand peaks

Power Over Time Inc. is applying two-way communication, cloud computing and smart controls to even out peaks, valleys on electric-grid usage.