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Minnesota mayor resigns amid frac sand scrutiny

SOLAR: Why wind developers are getting into the solar business. (Midwest Energy News)

FRAC SAND: The mayor of Red Wing, Minnesota resigns amid scrutiny over his competing role as a lobbyist for the frac sand industry. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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COAL: Neighbors take to the courts to address complaints over coal ash as the EPA delays regulation. (Center for Public Integrity)

OIL: State officials say North Dakota’s economy would still grow without the oil industry, “Real Oilfield Wives” blog about their experiences, and a Wisconsin refinery owner proceeds with plans to ship oil on the Great Lakes. (Bismarck Tribune, Duluth News Tribune)

FRACKING: Residents in Youngstown, Ohio, which has been the site of a string of earthquakes and a highly publicized incident of illegal wastewater dumping, will vote on a fracking ban in May; and in Traverse City, Michigan, neighbors raise concerns about water consumption of nearby drilling operations. (Youngstown Vindicator, Traverse City Record-Eagle)

CLIMATE: Climate activists turn to civil disobedience to make their points heard. (Politico)

ILLINOIS: A new survey raises questions about municipal aggregation. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

TRANSPORTATION: Rising pump prices don’t deter proponents of a higher gasoline tax in Iowa, and the transit authority in Columbus, Ohio, takes delivery of its first compressed natural gas buses. (Des Moines Register)

NATURAL GAS: A Wisconsin utility, which had decided to stop buying power from the soon-to-be-closed Kewaunee nuclear plant, is cleared to purchase a natural gas plant. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

TRANSMISSION: Why “Rodney Dangerfield is the patron saint of transmission systems.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: How ALEC uses bad data to fight clean energy laws. (Grist)

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