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Pipeline opponent Winona LaDuke applies for post on Public Utilities Commission

Plus: Thomson Reuters cutting workforce by 12 percent; jury awards doctor $112M in suit against Medtronic; the health benefits of the Twin Cities; and more.

Winona LaDuke
Winona LaDuke
Honor the Earth

This would be interesting. The Associated Press reports (via the Rochester Post-Bulletin): “A leading opponent of Enbridge Energy’s planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota has applied for a seat on the regulatory panel that approved the project. … Winona LaDuke is executive director of Honor the Earth, a tribally rooted environmental group. She announced Monday that she has applied for the Public Utilities Commission seat now held by Chair Nancy Lange, whose term ends Jan. 7. Commissioners are appointed by the governor.”

That’s a lot. The Star Tribune’s Evan Ramstad reports: “Thomson Reuters Corp. told investors Tuesday that it will cut its workforce 12 percent by 2020, but the reduction at its sizable Eagan office has already happened.”

Gotta be a drop in the bucket, right? Also from the AP (via WCCO): “A northern Indiana jury has awarded a doctor $112 million in his dispute with medical device maker Medtronic over devices he invented and sold to the company.”

Today in Minnesota praise. The New York Times’s Jane E. Brody reports: “Even though I was heading to a highly coveted job at The New York Times in 1965, I was heartbroken to leave Minneapolis, where I had begun my journalistic career two years earlier. … Minneapolis was then, and still is, a slice of heaven for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. According to an ambitious project of the Trust for Public Land, Minneapolis leads the nation’s metropolitan areas in providing the best overall access for the most people to well-equipped and serviced public parks and recreation. Its neighbor, St. Paul, is a close second.”

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