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Crews work to clear up after 2 Wisconsin train derailments

WATERTOWN, Wis. — Crews worked Monday to clear freight cars from rail tracks and contain spilled crude oil and chemicals after two trains derailed in Wisconsin about 200 miles apart over the weekend. More than a dozen cars of a Canadian Pacific Railway train loaded with crude oil jumped the tracks in Watertown on Sunday afternoon, puncturing one car that ...

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Derailments bring safety worries to the fore

Sarah Zarling has become a close watcher of oil trains since February, when she realized her Watertown, Wis., house was in the blast zone if a train derailed and caught fire. So when an oil train passed through town Sunday afternoon she prepared to report it to a national network of activists pushing for stricter railway regulations that are keeping ...

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Funeral home uses solar power

ST. JOSEPH — Starks and Menchinger Chapel is leading the way in the use of solar energy. Solar Winds Power Systems, a Michigan installer of solar power systems, placed 208 photovoltaic solar panels on the funeral home at 2650 Niles Road, creating a 52-kilowatt system that is the first of its kind on a Midwest funeral home, according to the ...

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Gouverneur delays power purchase agreement


GOUVERNEUR — The village Board of Trustees held off Tuesday on signing a purchase agreement for electricity produced at its hydropower plant in the hopes of getting a better deal or using the power for its own purposes. “We have a unique system that could distribute power throughout the village,” Trustee Charles W. Newvine said. The village’s hydroelectric plant on ...

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Oil vs. ethanol: Two burgeoning markets stress rail systems

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By Connie Sieh Groop, American News, Aberdeen S.D. Area grain and ethanol producers say rail congestion caused by the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota is hurting their business. If grain doesn’t move, it could have an effect on old and new crop prices. “There are an unprecedented number of trains moving out of the Bakken oil fields,” said James ...

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Ceiling, basement key in energy conservation insulation techniques

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While many homeowners target windows when making a home more energy efficient, the first places to focus on should be the ceiling and attic, then the basement or crawlspace area — spots that typically lose the most heat, according to a business owner who built a high-efficiency home in Lowville four years ago. The next step is insulating floor joints, ...

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