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Past articles by Mike:

3M earplug bankruptcy: Shrewd plan or sham?

3M is hoping the bankruptcy filing of one of its subsidiaries will contain financial damage from 230,000 military earplug lawsuits. Whether the plan will work is in a judge's hands. → Read More

Federal regulators cancel LTD rural broadband funding, leaving Minnesota buildout in limbo

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday ruled that $1.3 billion in grants to LTD be canceled. It also said SpaceX's Starlink could not meet the requirements of the program. → Read More

Minnesota regulators hear final arguments from utilities on February 2021 storm costs

The Public Utilities Commission will make a final decision next week whether the utilities can pass $660 million in costs to ratepayers. → Read More

Xcel's $300M electric vehicle plan includes 730 high-speed chargers in Minnesota

State regulators must approve the spending, which would be paid for by ratepayers. → Read More

Xcel's second quarter profits up over 3 %

The Minneapolis-based utility company's earnings were in line with forecasts → Read More

North Dakota oil production takes a big drop

Production was down 20% in April, the biggest drop since the same month in 2020. → Read More

St. Louis Park water main breaks for second time in two weeks

The second break is in the same neighborhood as the first, which caused flooding in many homes. → Read More

Child injured in Red Wing boating accident

Five people were tossed into the water; one child was given life-saving measures. → Read More

Judges: Minnesota customers should bear full $660M in costs from February 2021 storm

Two administrative law judges said CenterPoint Energy, Xcel and the state's other natural gas utilities acted "prudently" in their actions. → Read More

Minnesota state utility panel says CO2 pipelines should be regulated

With two CO2 pipelines planned to cross Minnesota, there is a void in state regulations over whether they are hazardous. The Public Utilities Commission voted in favor of new rules on Thursday. → Read More

Xcel quarterly profits rise nearly 5%, partly from rate increases

The electricity and gas provider also benefited from higher higher tax benefits over the same period a year ago. → Read More

Cargill is 'scaling back' in Russia, but continuing food and feed operations

The Minnetonka-based agribusiness is straddling the geopolitical fence as public pressure to withdraw from Russia grows. The agriculture behemoth is one of the largest non-Russian exporters of Russian wheat and owns a complex of mills south of Moscow. → Read More

Costs for gasoline, heating gas, electricity are all going up — here's why

The U.S. Consumer Price Index was up 7.5% in January — a 40-year record. → Read More

Minnesotans with ties to Ukraine nervously eye situation

The Eastern European nation has been in limbo for weeks as Russia makes moves suggesting an invasion. → Read More

State regulators approve Xcel plan that shifts from coal to nuclear energy, renewables

Company wants to close its coal plants by 2030, extend the life of its Monticello reactor by 10 years and add new solar and wind farms. → Read More

Court backs DNR in axing leases for beleaguered Nashwauk iron ore project

Judge rules state acted properly after Mesabi Metallics failed to put up $200 million by May 2021 deadline → Read More

Proposed northern Minnesota nickel mine signs deal with Tesla

Under the deal, Tesla would buy about half of Tamarack Mine's projected production. → Read More

Minnesota probate court set to discuss 'final distribution' of Prince estate in February

Other hurdles may arise, but the estate and IRS settled on a final valuation of the superstar's assets. → Read More

3M wins latest case over allegedly defective military earplugs

After six bellwether trials in one of the largest mass torts ever, 3M and plaintiffs have now each won three cases → Read More

3M prevails in latest trial involving military earplugs

There are about 10 bellwether cases in the complicated liability cases against 3M regarding the earplugs. Juries found for 3M in one other case and against the company in three of them. → Read More