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Appeals court upholds multimillion-dollar award for dairy farm against utility

Plus: Rep. Cornish opposes drug-sentencing reform; UND hires firm to design Fighting Hawk logo; Minnesota home to many UFO sightings; and more.

Cows seen in the holding pen in the milking parlor of a dairy farm.
REUTERS/Jim Young

It’s kind of like a $9 million electric bill … in reverse. WCCO reports: “A dairy farm in Pine River will be able to reopen after a court ruled in its favor Tuesday. … A Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a Cass County ruling declaring that Crow Wing Power & Light Company acted in negligence for years, causing Randy and Peggy Norman to lose their dairy farm. … Crow Wing Power still has to pay out $9 million in damages. The new electrical service was completed last summer.”

Drug-sentencing reform? Not if Rep. Tony Cornish has anything to say about it. The Star Tribune’s (and MinnPost alum) Andy Mannix reports: “A state lawmaker wants to stop what could become Minnesota’s most significant sentencing reform for drug offenders in decades, saying dangerous dealers should remain behind bars in an era of rising narcotics abuse. … The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission — an independent state board that sets recommendations for judges — voted last December in favor to drastically change how long some drug users and sellers spend in prison. The plan would also lower the state’s prison population by a projected 523 beds, helping to alleviate overcrowding, according to the commission.”

Just what is a “Fighting Hawk?” It’s a poignant question in North Dakota, as the Forum News Serivce’s Wade Rupard explains: “UND and SME Inc. have signed a contract allowing for the New York-based company to develop the university’s new Fighting Hawks logo. … SME was among 16 firms who submitted proposals and were evaluated by the university’s Graphic Identity RFP Evaluation and Recommendation Team. The committee recommended to hire SME on Feb. 2, and the contract was signed Monday after approval of the firm’s selection by Interim UND President Ed Schafer.”

Hmm, how does one join a “UFO group?” KMSP reports: “TV shows like ‘The X-Files’ have explored the possibility of UFOs. And while there have been reported sightings all over the world, some say they continue to land right in Minnesota. … A local UFO group said there are about 100 reported sightings a year in the state. Although nearly 90 percent turn out to be something like a meteor or a plane, the others remain a mystery. … ‘In general, we’ve had a steady stream of sightings for decades,’ Bill McNeff, chief investigator for the Minnesota chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, said. ‘I think the general public should be fascinated by the possibility of life from other plants from other star systems.’ ”

In other news…

Target’s getting out of the “hoverboard” business. [KARE]

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Shocking: “Shakopee Derby Days cancelled for 2016 amid investigation over finances” [Star Tribune]

Brainerd-area residents: Watch out for this wolf. [Brainerd Dispatch]

We’re all rooting for “Quasimodo The Hunchback Hound” [Digg]

New York Times awards three David Carr fellowships.

Comedian Maria Bamford has a new show coming out:

Here’s a dog driving a police car: