>>Craig Introduces Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2022
(Washington, DC) — A bipartisan bill introduced by Minnesota Congresswoman Angie Craig would allow year-round sales of ethanol fuel blends higher than ten percent. Craig says, “E-15 creates opportunities for our family farmers, supports economic growth in rural America, and lowers prices at the pump for Minnesotans – and ensuring this cheaper, biofuel alternative is available year-round is a win-win for all those involved in its production.” She says it will help lower fuel prices and improve stability in the U-S fuel market. U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced companion legislation last week.
(Washington, DC) — Senator Amy Klobuchar is hosting a news conference this morning (Thursday 11 a.m.) to highlight a new law to help prevent carbon monoxide-related deaths. The Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Act is named after two brothers from Kimball who died in 1996. The law will help states adopt tougher standards to ensure carbon monoxide detectors are safe and reliable. The mother of Nicholas and Zachary Burt and several Minnesota fire officials are joining Klobuchar’s event.
>>Wintry Mix Moving In
(Chanhassen, MN) — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for several counties in southern Minnesota. It will go into effect at 6 p.m. and run through 9 a.m. Friday. Total snow accumulations between one and five inches are expected across southern Minnesota, with the highest amounts near I-90.
>>Election Results Unchanged After District 3A, 3B Recounts
(Duluth, MN) — Election results in two northern Minnesota districts are unchanged after recounts have been completed. Results show Republican Roger Skraba defeated incumbent DFLer Rob Ecklund by just 15 votes in Minnesota House District 3A. Republican Natalie Zeleznikar was the winner in District 3B with just 35 more votes than long-time representative Mary Murphy. The state-funded recounts were finished yesterday.
>>Beltrami County IT Employee Facing Theft, Fraud Charges
(Bemidji, MN) — A longtime Beltrami County IT employee is facing felony theft and fraud charges. A state audit shows nearly 150-thousand dollars in unauthorized purchases by Ronald Pula using county funds. A search of two properties owned by Pula turned up nearly 300 items allegedly purchased with county money. He is facing 14 felony counts.
>>Skyrocketing Reserves Could Payoff U.S. Bank Stadium 20 Years Early
(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota officials say the reserve fund at U.S. Bank Stadium is skyrocketing enough to pay off the building 20 years early. Minnesota Management and Budget says the state could be debt-free on the building by mid-2023. Projections put the reserve fund at over one billion dollars by 2027 if it is left untouched. The projections were part of a healthy economic forecast for the state released Tuesday.
>>Powerball Ticket Worth $1 Million Sold in Minnesota
(Roseville, MN) — A ticket purchased in Minnesota for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing is a one-million-dollar winner. The Minnesota Lottery says a ticket matching the first five numbers was sold at Cub Foods in Chanhassen. The winning numbers are 6-28-44-59-61 and the Powerball was 21. Officials say this is the fourth million-dollar Powerball prize won in Minnesota this year. Nobody won the December 7th jackpot so it grows to 116 million dollars for Saturday’s drawing.