An article about former director of the Green Institute Michael Krause and his company Kandiyohi Development appeared in the Twin Cities Daily Planet written by Dan Gordon. Gordon's article "Green Burning or Greenwashing" was about Kandiyohi's plan to build an $83 million, 22.5 megawatt generator fueled by the burning "biomass" mainly "tree waste and agricultural residue" in the Phillips neighborhood.
The article received a few scathing comments:
submitted by Jeremy Hanson (not verified) on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 12:11.
I'm disappointed and surprised that such an inaccurate article is featured on the TC Daily Planet. Are there no quality controls here? The line between news and opinion is clearly blurred in this piece and readers are left with misinformation about an important and positive project that will be a good thing for our city.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 20:11.
This has to be a typo in one way or another:
The project partners, with unanimous support from the Minneapolis city council, went to Washington in 2003 to lobby Congressmember Martin Sabo and Senator Paul Wellstone.
As for this being an editorial, you don't really look at this as a legitimate news site, do you?
The first comment appears to be from Mayor Rybak's communication director Jeremy Hanson.
The Daily Planet yanked the article and replaced it with this comment:
CORRECTION: Green Burning or Greenwashing?
An article published on August 27, "Green burning or greenwashing?" contained several errors of fact. We regret the errors, and we have made substantial changes in our editing policy to ensure more careful review of articles written for the Daily Planet. We are in the process of reviewing the article, reverifying sources, interviewing new sources, and rewriting the article, which will appear next week as "CORRECTION: Green burning or greenwashing." The original article has been withdrawn from publication.
Posted: Thu, 08/30/2007 - 23:05
Google has a cache of the original article here.
This week's Southside Pride has an article on Kandiyohi's project. The City Pages also has an article on the burner this week.
Lloydletta has had posts on Kandiyohi and its potential conflicts of interest back in November 21st 2005 and December 19th 2005.