Minnesota utility regulators leave $600 million for consumers to pay


This is Stribber Mike Hughlett. “Minnesota utility regulatory officials Thursday criticized the state’s gas suppliers for their response to a Feb 2021 storm. They prohibited them from passing down almost $60 million in costs to customers. This decision means that $600 million in wholesale gas costs can still be passed onto consumers. These amounts have been paid through a special surcharge. The Public Utilities Commission’s decision to reject approximately 9% of the costs was far less than the recommendation of the Minnesota Department of Commerce. This is the agency that represents ratepayers and utilities watchdog groups.

The Duluth News Tribune Tom Olsen reports that “A former University of Minnesota Duluth Coach was not fired due to her sexual orientation. A three-judge panel ruled. The 8th U.S. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Tuesday ‘s dismissal of a federal suit filed last year by Jen Banford, who was head softball coach and women’s hockey operations director. After a jury found discrimination and retaliation, Banford was the last remaining plaintiff in the seven-year-long legal battle. Annette Wiles, former women’s basketball coach, also lost her claims but didn’t appeal to Banford.

Krystal Frasier, KSTP-TV’s says that the latest report from USA Drought Monitor shows a slight increase in conditions in Minnesota and Wisconsin respectively since last. The report on Thursday shows that 2.87% of Minnesota was listed as in severe drought. This is down from the 4.02% report last week. Additionally, moderate drought conditions declined from 13.83% down to 11.29% while abnormally dry conditions fell from 34.16% to 28.14%.”

A KMSP TV story from Theo Keith states, “Minnesota Governor. Tim Walz said that he would keep reinforcements in Minneapolis indefinitely in order to curb violent crime. This was two stops away from the scene where a 15 year old was shot and killed on a lightrail platform. Another teen was charged by the authorities. Recent weekends saw 20 additional troopers from the state and BCA agents travel to Minneapolis with the State Patrol helicopters to tackle street racing, gang activity and chase carjacking suspects.

Tommy Wiita, BringMeTheNews says that a woman was shot outside the Minneapolis Target on Wednesday night. Minneapolis Police Department stated that the shooting occurred at 5:45 p.m. near Nicollet Mall and S. 9th St. Officers arrived to find a woman in her 20s with a gunshot wound. After treatment on the spot, the woman was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

This from Mauryglover is also available at KMSP. “In the land with 10,000 lakes, few are more popular than Lake Minnetonka. There are many boats, of all sizes and shapes, on a typical day. But, recently, one of them has been absent. Aaron Person, a Museum of Lake Minnetonka board Member, said that she is an iconic symbol for the community and Lake Minnetonka. The Minnehaha steamboat, which has been in Excelsior for the past 3 years, has made Excelsior its home year round. The restored Minnehaha took approximately 10,000 passengers per summer on a trip to an earlier time. The Museum of Lake Minnetonka (the non-profit that operates the boat) lost access to the land , leaving the vintage vessel on the shore.

This is Stribbers Kim Hyatt and Alex Chhith . ” Police announced Thursday that a pair of suspects were arrested in Chicago after last week’s shooting at a Mall of America store. At 2:25 p.m. on Thursday, Shamar Alon May, 21, from Minneapolis, and Rashad Jamal Mai, 22, from Burnsville, were taken into custody during a traffic stop by the Chicago FBI’s Fugitive Task Force. Hodges stated during a press conference. They had just left a barbershop when they were caught up in a car with another driver. Hodges reports that Lark and May were both arrested without incident. They are currently being booked in Cook County, Illinois. After they are released, they will be extradited from Minnesota.

Megan Burks, Megan Moini, Ngoc Bii and Nina Moini of MPR Nina Moini reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had announced emergency assistance for 23 Minnesota counties that suffered damage from tornadoes, heavy winds, and flooding in May. At least five tornadoes were reported, with one reaching 120 mph in Forada in Douglas County.

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