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Minnesota Appeals Court affirms PCA approval of key Line 3 permit

Plus: rate of breakthrough COVID-19 infections in Minnesota increases; Mayo study appears to support antibody treatment for certain COVID-19 patients; dispute, not road rage, led to shooting of 18-year-old in St. Paul Sunday night; and more.

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Permit upheld. WCCO reports:The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s approval of a key environmental permit in Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project. … In court papers filed Monday, the appeals court ruled the MPCA used ‘substantial evidence’ in its decision to grant the pipeline’s 401 certification. A 401 certification is required whenever an activity results in any discharge into waters.”

Some not-great COVID news. The Star Tribune’s Jeremy Olson reports: “Minnesota identified another 2,895 coronavirus infections among fully vaccinated people over the past week, according to new state data reported Monday, raising the total identified breakthrough infections in the state to 12,559. … Breakthrough infections have now been identified in 0.42% of the more than 3 million fully vaccinated Minnesotans — an increase from early July when they were only found in 0.11% of fully vaccinated individuals. State health officials said some increase was expected as Minnesota’s vaccination rate has increased, but that the shots continue to provide strong protection against severe cases of COVID-19 that result in hospitalizations and deaths.”

Some better COVID news. Also in the Star Tribune, Christopher Snowbeck reports:A subset of COVID-19 patients who received infusions of laboratory-made antibodies ran a lower risk of requiring hospital care for their illnesses, according to a Mayo Clinic study released Monday. … The report in the journal Lancet EClinical Medicine suggests that certain monoclonal antibody treatments can help patients with mild to moderate symptoms who are at high-risk of serious COVID-19 illness due to other health conditions.”

Following up on this story. In the Pioneer Press, Mara H. Gottfried reports:A dispute led to the shooting of an 18-year-old man who was driving in St. Paul on Sunday night, police said Monday. … Police said Sunday night that preliminary information indicated the Dayton’s Bluff shooting may have been related to road rage, but Sgt. Natalie Davis said Monday that ‘further investigation has ruled that out. It appears the shooting stemmed from a dispute that occurred earlier in the evening at another location.’”

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