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Ellison joins with other states’ attorneys general to defend Temporary Protective Status

Plus: Stauber emails cost St. Louis County $28,000; Fillmore County feedlot proposal withdrawn; lakes and wetlands produce high levels of greenhouse gases; and more.

Protecting protective status. The Star Tribune’s Stephen Montemayor reports: “Keith Ellison has joined 21 other attorneys general working to preserve the protected status of thousands of immigrants allowed to live and work in the United States. … Supporters of the program say federal efforts to strip those protections are discriminatory and would endanger thousands of people while disrupting local economies. … Ellison signed on to an amicus brief asking the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a lower-court injunction blocking Homeland Security from terminating Temporary Protective Status for people from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan.

Still cheaper than falling for one of those Nigerian prince emails. The Duluth News Tribune’s Brady Slater reports: “There’s now a price tag on Pete Stauber’s county emails with the National Republican Congressional Committee — $28,000. … That’s the price the St. Louis County Board agreed on Tuesday settle a lawsuit filed by the state DFL party in October during the height of a controversy surrounding then-commissioner and now-Congressman Stauber. … The board voted 6-0 to approve the settlement. It resolves any future litigation issues and brings the matter to a close, said county spokesperson Dana Kazel.”

Sty-mied. The Rochester Post Bulletin’s Brian Todd reports:The owners of a proposed hog feedlot have withdrawn their application for MPCA approval. … According to a statement on Monday from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the proposer of the Catalpa Feedlot in Newburg Township in Fillmore County has withdrawn his application.”

Well this stinks. MPR’s Elizabeth Dunbar report: “Minnesota’s lakes have always released greenhouse gases. But scientists have only recently realized just how significant those carbon dioxide and methane emissions are. … A close look at the state’s most recent report on the sources of greenhouse gas emissions reveals a new category: Inland waters, like lakes and streams and rivers and wetlands. And because emissions in that category mostly come from methane — a greenhouse gas much more potent than carbon dioxide — they add up fast.”

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