35,000 Xcel customers without power following overnight storms

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Diane Sandberg from KARE-11 reports Emergency crews are frantically distributing themselves across the Twin Cities metro area and surrounding areas Wednesday morning following heavy rain and wind that swept through the region overnight. According to Xcel Energy 35,000 people were without power in the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin after the storm. Some of the outages were caused by winds from early morning thunderstorms. Some gusts reached up to 81 mph.

From WCCO Minnesota health officials say that there have been 39 cases of monkeypox in the state.

Related to Dr. Michael Osterholm Monkeypox: “As much people don’t like this, it is primarily asexually transmitted infection.” [ WCCO]

Dave Orrick of the Pioneer Press reports state Rep. Tony Albright (R-Prior Lake), announced his resignation Tuesday. He is looking for other opportunities in the field of law, which he refused to reveal.

Tom Hubbard of KSTP reports that Diana Armstrong, Minneapolis, will be included in the 2023 edition Guinness World Records Book for her “longest fingernails ever on a pair (female),” and “longest fingernails ever on a pair (female).

Mary Divine of the Pioneer Press reports two cattle escaped Tuesday from a farm north of Stacy. They walked past the Stacy Kwik Trip and the Sunrise Estates Mobile Home Park’s parking lot, before finally reaching Interstate 35, near the city’s border with Wyoming, where they were caught by deputies.

Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, has the list 46 new beverages which will be featured at this year’s Minnesota State Fair.

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