DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Plunging temperatures in Minnesota are turning the snow on the ground into ice and making it harder to remove. Crews in Duluth were scrambling to clear the streets today before daytime temperatures plunge to below zero degrees on Saturday if forecasts are right. A National Weather Service observer recorded 42 inches of snow just north of Two Harbors.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A federal judge rejected imprisoned former businessman Tom Petters' appeal for a shorter sentence. U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle issued a ruling today saying the Minnesota businessman "has tried to pull off one final con" by seeking a shorter sentence. Petters was convicted in 2009 of running a $3.5 billion fraud scheme. He sought to have 20 years cut off his 50-year prison sentence.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has told Xcel Energy to look into retiring the two oldest units at its coal-fired Sherco power plant. The PUC decided today that Xcel should consider various retirement scenarios as part of a long-range plan that's due in July. Sherco is Minnesota's largest coal-fired power plant. The Sierra Club and other groups want to see Sherco's 1 and 2 units retired by 2020 because of their greenhouse gas emissions.
TWO HARBORS, Minn. (AP) - A train hauling iron ore pellets has derailed in northeastern Minnesota, injuring two people. Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson says the derailment happened just after 1 p.m. today on a bend in the tracks in Two Harbors. Two people were taken from the scene by ambulance, but it wasn't immediately clear how badly hurt they were.
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