- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014
GOP Minnesota Supreme Court hopeful faces DWI case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Leaders of the Minnesota Republican Party did not know the party’s endorsed candidate for state Supreme Court was arrested last year on suspicion of drunken driving and resisting arrest, the Star Tribune reported Thursday.

Attorney Michelle MacDonald’s case will head to trial this fall during the general election.

Republican State Party Chairman Keith Downey told the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1udkIbWhttps://strib.mn/1udkIbW ) on Thursday he was unaware of MacDonald’s 2013 arrest until being notified by a reporter for the newspaper. The revelation comes less than two weeks after state party delegates in Rochester endorsed MacDonald to run against Justice David Lillehaug.

“None of us, including the convention delegates, were aware of this information about the candidate,” Downey said. “She of course is innocent until proven guilty, but at the same time the delegates did not have the full disclosure they should have.”

Downey would not say whether the party would ask MacDonald to withdraw from the race.

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Judge backs Alberta Clipper pipeline expansion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - An administrative law judge on Thursday recommended that Minnesota regulators approve an expansion of Enbridge Energy’s Alberta Clipper crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

Enbridge wants to increase the line’s capacity from 570,000 barrels per day to 800,000 by adding new pumping stations.

Judge Eric Lipman concluded that Enbridge has demonstrated a need for the added capacity. His recommendations now go to the state Public Utilities Commission, which must approve major energy projects in Minnesota.

Climate change activists oppose the Alberta Clipper and other Enbridge construction or expansion projects in the works because they carry Canadian tar sands oil. Extracting that oil is an energy-intensive process that generates greenhouse gases.

But Lipman said in his written order that “no party demonstrated that there was a safer, more affordable or more reliable alternative,” Minnesota Public Radio News reported.

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Man imprisoned for killing Minnesota teacher dies

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) - An 83-year-old man imprisoned for killing a Minnesota teacher in 2011 has died.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections confirms Delbert Huber died Wednesday night. Huber was being held in the Faribault state prison.

A department spokeswoman would not say where Huber died, but says foul play is not suspected.

Huber was serving 30 years for fatally shooting 43-year-old Timothy Larson of Albertville. The shooting happened after Larson ordered Huber and his son, Timothy Huber, to remove their farm equipment from his father’s farm near Belgrade.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says Delbert Huber was one of a number of people his department spoke with recently about the 1989 Jacob Wetterling abduction. Investigators began taking a closer look at stranger assaults that happened in Paynesville around the time of Jacob’s abduction.

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Man, 80, rescued from SE Minnesota grain bin

LEWISTON, Minn. (AP) - An 80-year-old man has survived being trapped for several hours in a corn bin in southeastern Minnesota.

Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand tells KAGE-AM rescuers pulled John Daley from the Lewiston area farm just after 2 p.m. Thursday.

Daley was conscious and talking. The sheriff says Daley’s injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. He was taken to a Winona hospital by ambulance.

Brand said a rope was tied around Daley to keep him from sinking into the corn. He remained conscious during the rescue.

A hole was cut near the bottom of the bin to pump the corn out.


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