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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – State regulators have approved a 2.7% rate increase for Xcel Energys electric customers in Minnesota. Its less than half what the utility originally sought. Residential customers whove been paying higher interim rates will get refunds of about $30.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota transportation officials say a series of projects to make state roads more resistant to flood damage are planned over the next five years. One project involves building a new bridge on Highway 101 north of the existing Minnesota River Bridge and raising the existing two-lane highway. Another would realign Highway 75 north of Breckenridge to move it outside the flood plain.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Governor Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have required Minnesota agencies to plan for the possibility of federal government insolvency. Dayton says hes concerned about the federal budget deficit but the Republican bill would require state workers to spend far too much time on an assignment he considers to be of dubious value.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The owner of a central Minnesota trucking company has been charged with swindling dozens of his employees. The Hennepin County attorney alleges that Gary Bauerly of Rice schemed to avoid paying the full prevailing wages his workers had earned and pocketed about $52,000.
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