- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014
After postponement, Dayton undergoes hip surgery

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is recovering from a surgical procedure to alleviate pain in his hip.

A Dayton spokesman says Monday’s surgery at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic went as planned. Dayton had postponed it last week so he could attend the funeral of Joan Mondale.

Dayton will remain at Mayo for a few days before returning to the governor’s residence, where he will work while recuperating. He will limit travel for up to three months, in part because of a brace he will wear.

It is the 67-year-old governor’s third procedure at the Rochester clinic since taking office, following back surgery in December 2012 and a platelet injection last October to help heal a torn hip muscle.

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Minn. sues BP for $25M for cleanup of leaky tanks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota is suing British Petroleum for $25 million, alleging the company double dipped when it sought state funds on top of insurance payments to clean up contamination from leaking petroleum storage tanks.

The Department of Commerce and Minnesota’s Petrofund Board filed the suit Monday.

It alleges that from 1988 to 2012, BP received hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance claims to clean up polluted properties statewide. It alleges BP received $25 million from the Petrofund for those same sites.

Before seeking state funds, Petrofund applicants must disclose whether they have insurance, and whether it covers environmental damages. The suit says BP made misrepresentations about its insurance.

BP says it acted in good faith and plans to defend itself against the allegations.

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Ex-Minn. cop pleads guilty to sex charges

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) - A former Minneapolis police officer accused of using social media to try to lure girls into sexual encounters has pleaded guilty.

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