Weekend round-up: U bridge collapse study; Energy plant

by Lisa Zehner

Welcome to Digest on this gloomy Sunday afternoon. The weather is quite appropriate to the day after the Gophers lose to the our friendly Badgers in the second half of the game. But enough of that and on to the Digest:

*The University of Minnesota is going to release it’s early results of their independent study on the I-35W bridge collapse at a public lecture on Wednesday, according to a news release. The lecture, put on by the Institute of Technology, is titled "Investing in Infrastructure." It begins at 7 p.m. at the Mayo Memorial Auditorium. The preliminary results of the study should be interesting, since NTSB announced their findings Friday. The findings from NTSB were a much debated topic this weekend, as many are still left with unanswered questions about how the collapse could have been prevented. Nick Coleman, a Star Tribune news columnist, takes an interesting angle that looks at what politicians and officials have done to improve transportation, or haven’t done.

*The Shakopee Mdewankanton Sioux Community is working with Rahr Malting Co. to build the Kodak Energy plant in Shakopee. the Star Tribune reports. The plant will turn waste products into heat and electricity and eventually could start burning prairie grasses to create energy as well. University of Minnesota experts, such as Dean Current, program director for Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management at the University’s College of Agriculture, said the U is in talks with MnDOT about their right of ways to harvest grasses. The U is hoping to find out whether farmers could use grasses or other plants to be burned inside the plant.

That’s all from here, tomorrow we will have plenty for you to digest. See you then.