David Shaffer

Reporter | Energy and business
Phone: 612-673-7090
David Shaffer is a veteran reporter and editor for the Star Tribune, with more than three decades of experience on daily newspapers.

Recent content from David Shaffer

In Walker trial, auditor says he was fired after finding ‘red flags’

A former CFO also testified Bixby Energy was “cooking the books.”

Updated: January 22, 2014, - 09:15 PM

Minnesota, power companies attack solar energy plan

They say Geronimo Energy’s judge-approved proposal won’t meet growing demand.

Updated: January 21, 2014, - 08:31 PM

Key facts about Xcel's Monticello Nuclear Power Plant

MONTICELLO NUCLEAR POWER PLANTLocated: Monticello, Minn., 45 northwest of the Twin Cities.Owner: Xcel Energy.Online: 1970.Type: GE boiling water reactor.Output: 600...

Updated: January 20, 2014, - 09:58 AM

Fraud trial rewrites a chapter of Minnesota business history

The investment banker who helped salvage Select Comfort said its founder almost ran the company into bankruptcy.

Updated: January 17, 2014, - 08:57 AM

Bixby CEO compared the failed start-up firm to Microsoft

Walker wrote one investor:  “It appears this is going to be a one-in-a-million stock like Microsoft.”

Updated: January 15, 2014, - 09:06 PM

Trial begins for Bixby CEO charged in $57 million fraud

Businessman Robert Walker was trying to change the world — or deceiving people into thinking he could.Jurors heard those contradictory...

Updated: January 14, 2014, - 08:48 PM

NTSB: 400,000 gallons of crude spilled in Casselton train wreck

About 1,400 residents were evacuated when an oil train hit a derailed grain train and caught fire and exploded.

Updated: January 13, 2014, - 09:08 PM

CEO of 'clean coal' company goes on trial in $57 million fraud

Bixby Energy Systems of Ramsey promised investors that it would convert coal to clean-burning gas, but prosecutors contend it was...

Updated: January 11, 2014, - 08:02 PM

N.D. delegation presses U.S. regulators to make tank cars safer

After last week’s oil train wreck, the state’s senators and congressman met with the U.S. transportation secretary.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 09:09 PM

Jan. 8: Oil train accidents prompt review of tank car safety

Three disasters in the past six months in the U.S. and Canada have demonstrated the risks of carrying crude oil by rail. Oil tankers now carry more than 10% of U.S. oil, up 40-fold in five years.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 01:29 PM

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