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WOODBURY, Minn. — A Woodbury man is hospitalized and a woman is dead after being found this morning by police, Woodbury Police Commander John Altman said.
MINNEAPOLIS - The heat began returning to Xcel Energy customers midday Thursday to a small band of central Minnesota customers who were without natural gas service overnight. The outage in Princeton, about 45 miles north of the Twin Cities, was just part of Xcel's heating issues on Wednesday, Jan. 30, where it later requested its customers across the state to lower their thermostats to 63 degrees to conserve gas.
MINNEAPOLIS – With extremely cold temperatures anticipated to continue into Thursday morning, Xcel Energy is asking Minnesota customers to help conserve natural gas to ensure the gas system can continue to operate well for customers across the state. In a news release, Xcel said it is asking customers to temporarily reduce the thermostat setting to 63 degrees if possible through 9 a.m. or later Thursday morning, Jan. 31. This step can help ensure that all customers continue to have gas service during this bitterly cold weather, Xcel said.
ST. PAUL — The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is supporting bills in the 2019 legislative session to provide $128 million for clean water infrastructure projects, officials said this week. According to a press release, the bipartisan bill the coalition is supporting would help cities offset the growing demand for projects to upgrade and rebuild water treatment plants and other infrastructure. The legislation, authored by Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, and Rep. Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin, provides $128 million to general appropriation bonds.
HUDSON, Wis. - A 51-year-old man charged in November with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and maintaining a drug trafficking place after authorities seized more than 280 pounds of pot from two Baldwin-area properties, pleaded not guilty to both charges last week. Pheng Lee posted $35,000 cash bond last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court, according to court records.
WINDOM, Minn. — A Stockton, Calif. woman will serve 180 days in jail or be placed on an electronic home monitoring system for possessing nearly 100 pounds of marijuana that a Minnesota state trooper discovered in her vehicle more than a year ago. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Cottonwood County District Court in Windom, Maily Her, 40, was convicted of felony second-degree drug possession. She was placed on supervised probation for a term of up to 10 years and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine or perform community service. A felony drug sale charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
BEMIDJI — The story of Jeremy Jourdain, a Cass Lake teenager who went missing in 2016, will be featured Wednesday, Jan. 30, on an episode of the new television show “In Pursuit with John Walsh.” The show will air at 9 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery channel. During the show, Walsh tells viewers about unsolved cases that need to be closed.
HUDSON, Wis. - A White Bear Lake, Minn., man is accused of stealing almost $120,000 in goods and services from his Hudson employer over the course of a month, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court Jan. 22. Timothy Ryan Skrypek, 30, was charged with three counts of felony theft following allegations that he made 45 fraudulent phone activations totaling $63,899.39 in lost income, stole $42,773 worth of devices and store deposits that total $12,588.20 while employed by the AT&T Store at 2300 Badger Road in Hudson, the complaint states.
BLUE EARTH, Minn. - A 23-year-old St. Paul woman was killed and her passenger was injured in a one-car rollover Saturday, Jan. 26, on Interstate 90 near Blue Earth. Jenna E. Reeves was driving westbound shortly after 10:30 a.m. in Faribault County when she lost control and rolled her 2003 Chevrolet Tracker. She was pronounced dead at a hospital in Blue Earth. Morgan A. Bartholomew, 26, of Mankato, was transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The road conditions were icy and snowy at the time of the crash.
• January 1967: Chronic wasting disease first identified as a disease in captive mule deer at the Colorado Division of Wildlife Foothills Wildlife Research Facility in Fort Collins, Colo. • February 1978: CWD officially classified as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, like scrapie in sheep and goats, mad cow disease in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. • September 1981: The Colorado Division of Wildlife identified CWD in a wild elk, marking the first documented case of CWD in a wild animal.