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General orders extra review of Minot AFB nuke crew failings

May 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON The general who commands the nation’s nuclear forces said Thursday he has ordered further review of failings discovered among Air Force officers who operate nuclear missiles. But he told Congress Thursday he was not alarmed by their shortcomings. Continue Reading

Nuke trouble in ND: Air Force removes 17 officers

May 9, 2013 in The Daily Republic

‘Rot’ and ‘attitude problem’ cited after serious of unpublicized failings, including the possible compromise of nuclear launch codes. Continue Reading

Xcel shuts down 2 Minn. nuclear reactors

August 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Xcel Energy Inc. has shut down two of Minnesota’s three nuclear reactors.
The Monticello plant had been operating at 10-percent power since the weekend, and operators shut down Prairie Island’s Unit 1 plant Tuesday. Continue Reading

USS North Dakota crew members visit Dickinson

June 28, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

Two USS North Dakota crew members gave a presentation to the public Thursday at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge. They answered questions regarding the Virginia-class nuclear submarine being built in Groton, Conn., that is expected to travel the world. Continue Reading

Minn. nuclear company shifts staff positions

May 25, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

Xcel Energy is shifting some of its nuclear management staff in order to bring new perspectives to sites and positions, officials said. Continue Reading

Obama moving ahead with sanctions to squeeze Iran

March 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

President Barack Obama is moving ahead with tough new sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran’s oil exports after determining there is enough crude on world markets to take the step without harming U.S. allies. Continue Reading

South Korea summit seeks to deter nuclear-armed terrorism

March 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Nearly 60 world leaders who gathered today in Seoul for a nuclear security summit agreed to work on securing and accounting for all nuclear material by 2014. But widespread fear lingers about the safety of nuclear material in countries including former Soviet states, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran and India. Continue Reading

Peering inside Xcel Energy’s nuclear plant at Monticello

March 13, 2012 in West Central Tribune

MONTICELLO, Minn. (AP) A year after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, Minnesotans wonder, “What if it happened here?” Workers at Xcel Energy’s nuclear plant here don’t have to wonder what such a disaster would be like. They’ve been through repeated simulations of it. Continue Reading

World powers seek unity on Iran nuclear program

March 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Six world powers found common ground today on how harshly to criticize Iran, but only after marathon negotiations reflecting the difficulties of presenting a united front at upcoming nuclear talks with Tehran. Continue Reading

U.S. pushes North Korea to allow nuclear monitors in

March 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The United States urged North Korea today to prove it is serious in pledging to roll back its nuclear programs by allowing U.N. exerts back into the country quickly to monitor its commitments. In comments to an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting, U.S. delegate Robert Wood also said Washington saw last week’s agreement as only a first step toward total dismantling of the North’s nuclear weapons program. Continue Reading