Deepta Holalkere

Twin Cities
Wilharber returns to Centerville mayor's post

Centerville's former mayor took his job back Tuesday. Current Mayor Mary Capra lost the city's top elected post to Thomas Wilharber, who held the position from 1995 to 2000. "I guess the people were trying to tell both her and I that they wanted to cut down on spending and be more conservative in a number of regards," Wilharber said.

Twin Cities
Ham Lake offering residents $100 to fight oak wilt disease

With funding cuts to its program to remove trees infected with oak wilt disease, Ham Lake is offering $100 to help residents forced to pay for the service out of their own pockets. Damaged trees were removed in years past using Minnesota ReLeaf grants, but the state Department of Natural Resources opted not to fund the program this year.

Twin Cities
As economy cratered, Minnesotans gave less

Charitable giving across Minnesota dropped during the recession, a report released Thursday found. Donations by individuals, foundations and charitable corporate programs totaled $5.4 billion for the fiscal year ending in May 2009 - a decrease of 5 percent from the year before, a report by the Minnesota Council on Foundations said.

3 firefighters hurt in blast at Xcel Energy coal plant in Burnsville

Workers noticed smoldering coal bin By Emily Cutts and Deepta Holalkere Pioneer Press Posted: 09/22/2010 12:01:00 AM CDT Three Burnsville firefighters were injured Tuesday morning at a power plant fire and explosion that shook local residents out of bed. The fire started in a smoldering coal bin at Xcel Energy's Black Dog power plant in Burnsville, the company said.

Northstar rail line's birthday wish: more riders

Rail line's ridership for first year is below projections By Deepta Holalkere [email protected] Posted: 11/12/2010 12:01:00 AM CST Updated: 11/12/2010 12:07:11 AM CST As the Northstar Commuter Rail line nears its first birthday, ridership has fallen below expectations. A week after it was announced that plans to expand the rail line to St.

Three Roseville students are hungry to ease world food crises

By Deepta Holalkere [email protected] Posted: 12/13/2010 12:01:00 AM CST Updated: 12/13/2010 12:16:26 AM CST Three Roseville students participated in a youth conference in October to analyze world hunger in developing countries. They left inspired to think of solutions. Students from across the Midwest gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, to talk about why people still go hungry.