Opponents of pipeline project file suit over PUC approval

A rough depiction of the Line 3 replacement route in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
A rough depiction of the Line 3 replacement route in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

For MPR, Dan Kraker says, “Several environmental groups and two northern Minnesota Native American tribes have filed separate lawsuits to try to block the state’s recent approval of the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project. The White Earth and Red Lake Ojibwe, together with the Sierra Club and Honor the Earth environmental organizations, filed a joint appeal Wednesday at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The northern Minnesota-based group Friends of the Headwaters filed a separate challenge. They’re asking the court to overturn the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s June 28 decision to grant the Line 3 project a certificate of need, a crucial approval signifying that the project is needed by the state of Minnesota.”

Says Judy Keen of the Strib, “Strong population growth in the last two years makes it more likely that Minnesota will retain its eight U.S. House seats after the 2020 census. But U.S. Census Bureau estimates of state populations released Wednesday show that the state is still at risk of losing a representative in Washington because other states are growing even faster. ‘It’s still very close,’ said Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower. ‘But the numbers are going in the direction we would hope they go.’”

The New York Times has this: “The German magazine Der Spiegel said on Wednesday that it had fired an award-winning journalist for fabricating ‘on a grand scale’ in his articles, weaving invented quotations and characters into over a dozen major articles. … In one article, about Fergus Falls, Minn., Mr. Relotius told of a coal plant employee named Neil Becker (who does not exist), related an anecdote about a restaurant employee (to whom he gave a fictional illness and a misnamed son) and described the view of a power plant from a cafe (whose few windows provide no such view), according to Michele Anderson and Jake Krohn, two residents of the town who, baffled by the claims, spent a year researching them. …  Mr. Krohn, a technology consultant, and Ms. Anderson, who works in a community arts program, published their work on Medium after learning Mr. Relotius had been fired.”

Stribber Rick Nelson remembers: It’s always sad to see the demise of terrific neighborhood restaurants, including Heirloom, Xavi, Ward 6, Sparks, the Rabbit Hole and L’Etoile du Nord Cafe. Now’s the time to mourn Be’wiched Deli and its premium pastrami, and raise a glass to 77-year-old O’Gara’s, which bid a temporary farewell (it’ll reopen, in a smaller format, in 2020). … A new apartment building also explains why Grumpy’s Downtown disappeared. Bar Louie, in both Uptown and Ridgedale, left the market. … In Minneapolis, it was farewell to Saguaro, Dragon City Cafe, King’s Wine Bar, Sum Dem Korean Barbeque, Geno’s, Bonicelli Kitchen, Stem Wine Bar & Eatery and Come Pho Soup.”

Says Peter Passi in the Duluth News Tribune, “The city of Duluth soon could join Hermantown in requiring people to be at least 21 years of age in order to purchase tobacco or e-cigarette products. Duluth city councilors Em Westerlund and Zack Filipovich say they plan to bring forward a proposed ordinance along those lines on Jan. 14 for a first reading. If they do, the ordinance could go to a vote as soon as Jan. 28. … 21 other cities and counties in Minnesota already have adopted similar age restrictions.”

Also for MPR, Matt Sepic reports, “A federal judge Wednesday sentenced former Starkey Laboratories president Jerry Ruzicka to seven years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from the Twin Cities hearing aid company. In March, a jury in Minneapolis found Ruzicka guilty on eight fraud counts. Prosecutors said he and other executives set up a complex web of sham companies to siphon more than $16 million from Starkey and its founder Bill Austin. The men also awarded themselves restricted stock in Starkey’s retail affiliate.”

The Star Tribune’s Emma Nelson writes about the St. Paul City Council’s mural decision: “After years of discussion, the council voted to start the process of commissioning four new murals to hang in City Hall’s main public meeting space. The new pieces won’t replace the existing ones — instead, they’ll depict a modern, diverse vision of the city and rotate in and out of the chambers so they can be viewed alongside the originals. … The Ramsey County Board, which holds meetings in the same room, unanimously approved a similar resolution Tuesday.”


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