Volkswagen to pay Minnesota $11 million as part of emissions settlement

Volkswagen to pay Minnesota 1 million as part of emissions settlement

Sweet. $11 million. Says Brian Bakst for MPR, “Volkswagen has agreed to pay Minnesota more than $11.5 million as part of a wide-ranging settlement connected to a vehicle emissions scandal. Court papers filed Monday by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson’s office lay out the deceptive practice claims that she and other attorneys general pursued against the German carmaker. The company is paying more than $443 million dollars to the states and $20 million to the national attorneys general association for consumer protection oversight expenses.”

The LA Times is on the Prince real estate story. Says Neil Leitereg, “A trio of properties owned by the late singer-songwriter Prince have come to market in Chanhassen, a suburb of Minneapolis. The largest of the properties, at 1.82 acres, includes new construction of a Gonyea Homes-designed house of about 3,600 square feet. Described as a rambler with an open floor plan, the house will have a vaulted great room, a game room, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. … A stream runs through the lot, which carries an asking price of $925,000. Prince bought the property more than a decade ago for $230,000, public records show.”

The people have spoken! We need to put the brakes on this crazy renewable energy stuff! At MPR, Elizabeth Dunbar says, “Media reports and social media chatter in the past week have painted Donald Trump’s victory as a major blow for addressing climate change. In Minnesota, though, the election’s more consequential change for energy policy may be at the state legislature. President-elect Trump has rejected climate change science and has promised to roll back policies and agreements aimed at reducing carbon emissions. … Republicans are not likely to support a more ambitious renewable energy standard, according to David Strom, executive director of the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum.” The what Energy Forum? Who funds that?

We’re No. 2! John Hageman of the Forum News Service says, “Minnesota and North Dakota were among the top states for volunteering last year, a report released Tuesday said. The Corporation for National and Community Service said 35.4 percent of Minnesota residents volunteered in 2015, which was second-highest in the country, including Washington, D.C. North Dakota ranked 15th, with 30.7 percent of its residents volunteering last year. … Louisiana came in last.” That was my second guess.

Tossed. Says Paul Walsh for the Strib, “Rare murder and manslaughter charges spurred by a woman’s suicide were thrown out against a southern Minnesota man accused of abusing his longtime girlfriend to the point that she took her own life. A felony stalking count is the lone remaining charge against 35-year-old Long Vang of Stewartville in connection with the December 2015 death of Jessica Haban, the mother of his two children. … Charging an abuser with murder for another person’s suicide is a rarity in Minnesota, if not unprecedented.”

Do what you can now. At MPR, Dan Kraker says, “People opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline rallied at more than 300 sites across the country today, including eleven in Minnesota, demanding that President Obama reject permits for the controversial project. Calling themselves ‘water protectors,’ they gathered outside offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which granted permits for the pipeline in July, but subsequently said more analysis was needed to address concerns raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.” We should trust that a Secretary of the Interior Sarah Palin will negotiate a reasonable settlement here.

But high-speed trains? The Donald says he likes ‘em. So Sally Jo Sorensen at Bluestem Prairie writes, “Goodhue County, center of the citizen resistance against North American High Speed Rail Group’s proposed private high-speed rail line from near the Twin Cities to Rochester almost, voted solidly for Donald Trump in last Tuesday’s election. Bluestem is left to guess that opponents of new passenger rail lines — and the use of eminent domain to secure some of the property upon which those rails would be laid — had other issues that led them to vote for Donald Trump for president. Because if there’s one thing Donald Trump likes, it’s high-speed rail. … During his election night victory speech, Trump emphasized that one of his top priorities will be funding a massive infrastructure program that could include high-speed rail projects across the nation. Oh. And how to pay for that? At Marketplace, Andy Uhler reports in Trump infrastructure plan is private money and tax credits.” I’ll take two for the Vista Deck.

A foot!? Says Paul Huttner at MPR about Friday’s storm. “The season formerly known as winter is ready to arrive in grand style for most of Minnesota. I’m still tracking a major winter storm Friday that looks likely to deliver more than a foot of snow to central and northern Minnesota. Today’s early model runs confirm a slight storm track shift to the southeast. That would bring the heavy snow zone squarely into central Minnesota, and increase chances for at least some accumulating snow in parts of the metro as rain changes to snow Friday evening.” Told you that global warming thing was a liberal hoax!

Meanwhile, Kim Hyatt of the Forum News Service writes, “Twenty years ago, the Fargo-Moorhead metro area was hit with its first blizzard of the season that blew in with 13.5 inches of snow and was the beginning of a blizzard-filled winter that set records and led to major flooding of the Red River. Snow is in the forecast for Thursday, Nov. 17, into Friday — the first accumulation of the season — but it likely won’t measure up to the historic blizzards of 1996-97.

At some point this afflicts 99.9 percent of all married women. From FOX 9-TV: “Minnesota woman allergic to husband.” 

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 11/16/2016 - 12:55 pm.

    There are actually 3 VW payments

    1) The one you cited, as part of settlement with the AG’s office,
    2) Direct payments to owners of select VW diesels that had the cheating software, and
    3) A payment to the state to help offset air pollution here.

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