03/10/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Emergency medical providers in Northern Minnesota are looking at ways to keep expenses down in order to keep ambulances running, reports Janna Goerdt of the Duluth News-Tribune.

A judge allowed a modest rate increase for Minnesota Power, but the $7.7 million overall is still much less than the $45 million the company was seeking, writes Marshall Helmberger of the Timberjay.

A Minnesota company, Rational Energies, is hoping to build a plant in Empire township that could convert garbage and other waste products into high-quality diesel fuel by 2012, reports Nathan Hansen of the Hastings Star-Gazette.

Although Rochester is much smaller, its air pollution levels are equal to those of the Twin Cities, reports Matthew Stolle of the Post-Bulletin.

Essar Steel is having trouble getting the funding it needs to build a $1.6 billion taconite-to-steel industrial complex near Nashwauk and may now be looking to the government for help, writes Mike Jennings of the Hibbing Daily Tribune.

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