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Minnesota

Severe cold weather across the southern U.S. in February 2021 sent energy prices soaring across the U.S. due to gas supply disruptions and a spike in demand. While the weather had a particularly severe effect on Texas’ power grid, customers in Minnesota ended up seeing significant increases in prices. Customers of the state's gas utilities ended up getting charged around $660 million more than they normally would in February.
The Iron Range lawmaker's legacy will include a $25 million law that will help fund research of ALS, which he had for the last year of his life.
Last month, the public safety department announced more state patrol troopers would patrol the Twin Cities following a chaotic Fourth of July weekend in Minneapolis that left several injured.
Primary elections typically have a significantly lower turnout than the November general election. Minnesota has had nation-leading voter turnout in its last three general elections, reaching nearly 80% in 2020.

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Several incumbent state legislators, particularly in the Senate, edged out competitors with more extreme views on COVID-19, election security and more.
In a tight race on Tuesday, Aug. 9, voters in Crookston rejected the referendum with 50.3% no votes.
With all precincts reporting, incumbent Sen. Mark Johnson had 85.7% of the vote.
Finstad takes early lead in special election against Ettinger to serve out Hagedorn's term.
Secretary of State Steve Simon easily turned back a primary challenge from DFL candidate Steve Carlson during the Tuesday, Aug. 9, primary election. Kim Crockett beat Erik Van Mechelen in the GOP primary.
The DFL- and GOP-endorsed candidates for governor easily won their respective primary contests on Tuesday night.

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The Associated Press called the race for Schultz at around 10:35 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. With 73% of precincts reporting, Schultz had 54% of the vote, with candidate Doug Wardlow at 35%. Perennial candidate Sharon Anderson had around 12% of the vote.
The project assesses the natural hazards that pose a risk to the county — such as tornadoes, straight line winds, ice storms, blizzards, wildfires, flooding and extreme temperatures — and identifies ways to minimize the damage from those natural hazards in the future.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

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