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Line 3 pipeline takes another step toward construction

Map showing the path of the Enbridge Line 3 replacement preferred route.

For MPR, Dan Kraker says, “The contentious Line 3 oil pipeline took one more incremental step toward construction Monday. Without any debate or questions, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously reaffirmed its earlier support for the pipeline and denied requests from environmental groups, Indian tribes and the state Department of Commerce to reconsider its June decision to approve the project.”

The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany writes: “Crime has dropped by double-digit percentages across Minneapolis compared to last year, a trend that observers are chalking up to improved crime-fighting techniques and better cooperation from residents in some of the toughest neighborhoods. Downtown’s First Precinct and southeast Minneapolis’ Third Precinct have seen the largest improvements.”

Says Jon Bream in the Strib, “Paisley Park will partner with the Minneapolis Public Schools to allow students free access to Prince’s museum and music-education opportunities. The program will start with the FAIR School in downtown.”

MPR’s Kirsti Marohn reports, “Thanksgiving may be a time of joy for you, but for sewer workers it’s the season of dread — the holiday when clogged fats, oil, grease and disposable wipes can lead to sewer backups and other unpleasantness. Because of that, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is pleading with people to keep the grease from Thanksgiving dinner out of the kitchen drain. The agency says people should dispose of fat, oil and grease in the trash by pouring them onto newspaper or into a container.”

KSTP-TV reports: “Gov. Mark Dayton’s office announced he will answer questions by phone on Tuesday morning from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. It will be the first time he’s been publicly available since he was hospitalized in early October. Dayton had back surgeries on Oct. 12 and 15 at the Rochester hospital. … In daily email blasts from the Governor’s communications office, there were no updates that he was still in the hospital until a brief mention on Oct. 29 in a news release about trick-or-treating for kids at the Governor’s residence. … It wasn’t until last week where more details were revealed that the Governor was still in the hospital.”

A New York Times story by Jim Tankersley and Ben Casselman says, “President Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut was supposed to be a big selling point for congressional Republicans in the midterm elections. Instead, it appears to have done more to hurt, than help, Republicans in high-tax districts ….House Republicans suffered heavy Election Day losses in districts where large concentrations of taxpayers claim a popular tax break — the state and local tax deduction — which the law capped at $10,000 per household. … Representative Erik Paulsen of Minnesota, a huge champion of the tax bill, lost by about the same margin in a district where 40 percent of taxpayers claim the deduction.”

For the Scientific American, Ines Kagubare writes, “Minnesota is on its way to hitting its renewable energy goals—and it won’t cost taxpayers any extra. A study released Thursday by MN Solar Pathways found that solar could make up 10 percent of the state’s electricity by 2025. In addition, the report predicts that as renewable energy costs decrease, Minnesota will be able to produce 70 percent of its power from solar and wind by 2050 at costs comparable to natural gas generation. Minnesota this year has already hit its renewable electricity standard goal of 25 percent by 2025 using wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower.”

Says Martin Moylan for MPR, “Chipotle is offering to rehire a St. Paul restaurant manager, fired after an incident where employees refused to serve five black men and asked them to prove they could pay before taking their order. … After reviewing the evidence, Chipotle spokesperson Laurie Schalow said that the company wanted to ‘publicly apologize to our manager for being put in this position.’”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by paul jones on 11/21/2018 - 03:01 pm.

    Everyone is in a tizzy over what the local faux federally recognized Indian tribe(s) will or won’t do. This is a non-issue under the United States Constitution because:
    1. The U.S. Constitution makes for no provisions for ‘Indian reservations!’
    2. The land commonly knows as an “Indian reservation” with the exception of the Cherokee and Choctaw who have fee to their land, the other ‘reservation land’ is owned by We, the People. U.S./State citizens with “Indian ancestry/race” residing on said land are merely tenants with rights of ‘use and occupancy’ only.

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