Feds: explosion at Husky Energy refinery caused by faulty valve

Husky Energy oil refinery
REUTERS/Robert King/Duluth News Tribune
Dark smoke rising from Husky Energy oil refinery following the refinery explosion in Superior last April.

KSTP-TV reports: “A federal investigator said Wednesday that the explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin last April was caused by a faulty safety valve and launched debris 200 feet — puncturing a storage tank filled with asphalt that led to additional fires.”

Says Joel Patenaude for Madison Magazine: “Minnesota produced about $20.7 billion more in goods and services than Wisconsin in 2008, and by 2017, the difference was $27.1 billion. The widening wage gap between Minnesota and Wisconsin over the same 10-year period is remarkable, too. Minnesota reported wages and salaries totaling $11.9 billion more than Wisconsin in the first quarter of 2008. By the first quarter of 2018, that gap had nearly doubled to $22.4 billion. In the ongoing comparisons between these two Midwestern states, Minnesota appears to have the edge.”

For the Duluth News Tribune, Peter Passi says, “With the help of a McKnight Foundation grant this year, the city of Duluth turned Canal Park into a laboratory, where it tested out several ideas to make this already-popular tourist destination even more of a draw for out-of-towners and locals, alike. But the experiment called ‘Imagine Canal Park’ drew very mixed reviews, as revealed by a recently released report.”

Says the Star Tribune’s Chris Riemenschneider: “Neil Young’s legion of Twin Cities fans have had to wait eight years since his last show in town, but they’ll only have to wait two days between his next one and the one after that – and then just one more day for a third. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, 73, is set to play a special three-night stand at three different historic theaters in Minneapolis from Jan. 26-29, all solo-acoustic shows.”

Michael Rand of the Strib has this: “This has been a challenging year for Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, and this has been one of the most challenging weeks of that challenging year. … on Tuesday, the frustration with fans’ frustration seemingly boiled over for Zimmer’s daughter, Corri Zimmer White. In a post on Instagram, she said Zimmer has ‘lost 16 pounds this season because of stress’ and routinely works ultra-long days but that ‘so called ‘fans’ … tear him apart.’ She continued in her post: ‘I’ve seen it all today to making fun of his appearance to judging every move he makes and it makes me sick to my stomach. If you don’t appreciate and can’t recognize everything he’s done for this team then you are no fan….”

At MPR, Euan Kerr writes, “Sitting in a south Minneapolis coffee shop on Wednesday, Colin Covert said he’s doing well, despite recent events. Just two days earlier, the Star Tribune had announced Covert’s resignation after determining he’d committed an ethics breach by using what it called ‘distinctive phrasing’ lifted from other writers’ work. … Covert said he doesn’t think what he did was plagiarism. … What he was doing, he said, constitutes fair use of the material, which does not harm the original and comes under freedom of expression.

The PiPress reports, “A student at Normandale Community College is in custody after an assault on two faculty members, Bloomington police say. Gavin Mitchell Hutson, 21, of St. Paul, struck a 51-year-old female instructor several times after a classroom dispute at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, police said. A 47-year-old male faculty member intervened and also was assaulted by Hutson, police said. Hutson fled but was apprehended by police in the college’s parking ramp. When he was arrested, police say they found a handgun in his backpack.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/13/2018 - 09:28 am.

    Sorry, Mr. Covert, but what you did was indeed plagiarism. Even if we grant your “fair use” claim, plagiarism is taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own. It may or may not be copyright infringement (the relevance of fair use), and it is a particularly mild strain of plagiarism, but it is still plagiarism.

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 12/13/2018 - 09:57 am.

    For Colin Covert:

    “When you have wit of your own, it’s a pleasure to credit other people for theirs.”
    ― Criss Jami, Killosophy

    • Submitted by Paul Yochim on 12/13/2018 - 10:44 am.

      “To take from one is plagiarism, to take from more than one is research.” I don’t remember who said that.

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