06/01/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

“A host of equipment problems and other failures encountered in the $100 million project to double capacity at Olmsted County’s Waste-to-Energy plant in east Rochester have pushed the project more than four months past a planned Jan. 25 completion date,” reports Jeffrey Pieters in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. According to officials, the story says, “Persistent problems include plugged valves to an outdoor water condenser, and fast-clogging filters in a part of the emissions-control system that uses a sprayed mix of lime and water to trap pollutants. Lime clogs are a danger to the equipment.”

Curt Fisher, 61, a Mankato businessman, was able to get up and walk away from his powered parachute after it crashed about 7 miles southwest of Mankato – near the Dam Store Cafe and the Rapidan Dam – at about 11 a.m. Monday, reports Dan Nienaber in the Mankato Free Press. The article says that Fisher, owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Fisher Group, was taken to Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital, and that his son, Dain Fisher, 39, had been flying with him and also was able to walk away from the aircraft, witnesses said.

“The winners of St. Cloud’s annual Historic Preservation Awards were announced Tuesday, and they include the drivers of restoration projects ranging from a Queen Anne home to the lobby of a public building,” writes Kari Petrie in the St. Cloud Times. The article says, “The awards will be given out at the Monday council meeting to: Kirk Smith for the restoration of the Queen Anne-style home at 230 Sixth Ave. N; Jim and Beth Bell for the rehabilitation of the house at 205 Ramsey Place S; Matt Riley for restoration of the Lionel Spaniol Memorial Lobby in the Federal Building at 720 St. Germain St.; Patrick R. Mastey for the rehabilitation of several historic homes in the core neighborhoods; and St. Cloud State University for the restoration of Riverview.”

The Sound Unseen International Film Festival will show two films — including a world premiere on the band Low — at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth this week, the Duluth News Tribune reports. The festival begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

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