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

Cows seen in the holding pen in the milking parlor of a dairy farm.

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]

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:

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Bill Willy on 02/23/2016 - 04:11 pm.

    Tony and the Titanium(s) and the Hawks

    If Tony Cornish ever looks at or reads anything that doesn’t line up with his “Falling Further Behind All The Time” perspective on the punitive approach to everything that moves, he ought to take a look at what has been happening in, of all places, Portugal, since they decided (in 2001, no less) to take an approach to the problem that just the THOUGHT of trying in Minnesota might be near enough to cause him pass out, regardless of how successful they (the empirical data and a growing number of “alleged experts” around the world) claim the approach has been.

    Highly unlikely he’ll ever read it, or that it could make a dent if he did, but here’s a link to an article that describes what looks like a much better (and ironically, “more conservative”) way of doing the things he’s rejecting out-of-hand (based on what besides “gut Gunsmoke hunches”?):

    Regarding (this morning’s Glean mention of) the U of M’s $300,000 grant (and granted, I believe) request of the IRRRB to determine the viability of extracting titanium near the proposed Polymet copper-nickel mine site, I’d suggest the researchers look into and report on whatever “Next Best Thing to Nuclear Waste” toxins might be generated in the process of “teasing out” that “much needed, job creating” precious metal while they’re at it.

    I know the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (better known as the MN legislature’s “Range Delegation”) isn’t big on looking at that side of the any mining-related equation, but knowing about any possible “highly toxic water pollutants” right up front — before hundreds of millions of dollars get invested in Environmental Impact Statements and years of Mining Industry Public Relations work — MIGHT save a lot of future headache (and taxpayer dollars, which IRRRB funds consist of, let’s not forget).

    When I first heard about the selection of the new UND name and logo that would be created, the first things that popped into my mind was a cartoon depiction of two Hawks fighting (in mid-air). It would make for an interesting image, no doubt, but one of the strangest team(s) logos ever. Not what they had in mind, but definitely one of the things the name conjures up.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/23/2016 - 09:48 pm.

    The prison industry

    Most prisons these days are operated by private corporations.
    I wonder if Rep. Cornish is being subsidized by their lobbyists?

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