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November 10, 2003 // UPDATED 11:06 am - April 30, 2007
By: Skyway News editorial staff
Skyway News editorial staff

Business news going on in the downtown area.

Energy-saving bulbs cheaper locally

Although known as an environmentalist before he was mayor, even R.T. Rybak needs a little light shined on conservation. Rybak and wife Megan O'Hara let the federal Environmental Protection Agency use their Southwest Minneapolis house last month for a lighting "makeover," swapping their least-efficient bulbs with energy-saving models.

The EPA is promoting its "Change a Light, Change the World" campaign; through November, local Ace Hardware stores are offering a $2 instant rebate on GE Energy Star-qualified light bulbs. Also, the bulbs and efficient fixtures are exempt from Minnesota sales tax through July 21, 2005.

EPA officials say if consumers swap out the five least-

efficient bulbs in their houses or apartments, they can save more than $60 a year in energy savings. If everyone did it, the U.S. could get by with 21 fewer power plants.

For more information on energy-efficient products, see or call 888-STAR-YES. -- David Brauer

Target gets medical clinic Downtown Target shoppers now have access to an in-store clinic providing treatments for routine ailments, such as strep throat and bacterial infections.

MinuteClinic, formerly known as QuickMedx, opened earlier this month in the Target store at 900 Nicollet Mall.

The mini-clinics are also located in suburban Targets and Cub grocery stores. They are staffed with licensed nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Most treatments are delivered in 10 to 15 minutes, according to a statement prepared by the company.

On average, most treatments cost about $38. Many health insurance plans are accepted.

Clinic hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. -- Sarah McKenzie