News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Police have arrested 18 demonstrators who shut down part of the light rail system in Minneapolis to protest federal immigration deportations. Demonstrators sat on the light rail tracks near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Tuesday morning, shutting down light rail service for over an hour. Trains began running shortly after the arrests. The protest is part of the Poor People's Campaign, a national group focusing on issues including poverty and racial inequity.
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a Minnesota man who died in a crash in northeastern South Dakota. The Highway Patrol says 67-year-old Jimmy Westrud, of Brooten, Minnesota, was riding a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 212 when he failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line and into the path of a pickup pulling a trailer. The crash happened 8 miles west of Watertown about midday Friday. Westrud later died of his injuries.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Enbridge Energy to bypass the state Public Utilities Commission and proceed with replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. Dayton carried through on his veto promise. Dayton said in a letter to House Speaker Kurt Daudt that the bill "pre-empts the long-standing PUC process." The commission is scheduled to vote late next month on whether the project is needed, and what route it should take.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers have wrapped up their work for the year, but much of the session scorecard will hinge on Gov. Mark Dayton and whether he follows through with threatened vetoes. Dayton and Republicans clashed all year over key issues including tax conformity and school funding. Dayton has threatened to veto two major bills that could upend much of the Legislature's work.
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