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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz declined an invitation to join a bipartisan group of new governors in a meeting with President Donald Trump, drawing some criticism from Republicans. His spokeswoman says Walz is busing building his staff and that political disagreements had nothing to do with him not going to Washington. Minnesota House Republican leaders criticized Walz for skipping the meeting.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A controversial high-voltage power line across western Wisconsin has been put into service after almost three years of construction. Supporters say the 180-mile, $580 million Badger Coulee line will enable clean and cheap wind energy from Minnesota and Iowa to reach big cities where there's demand. Opponents consider it an unnecessary expense that guarantees profits for the owners while discouraging conservation and local renewable energy investments.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - A suspect in the slaying of a 21-year-old American psychology student living in the Dutch port of Rotterdam appeared before a judge Friday and was ordered detained for two more weeks while the investigation continues. The Rotterdam Public Prosecutor's Office tweeted that the 23-year-old suspect, whose identity hasn't been released, was brought before an investigating judge.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota regulators have rejected the latest attempt by environmental and tribal groups to stop Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline. The Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted Thursday to reject petitions from groups opposed to the project. The groups want the commission to reconsider its decision to approve a certificate of need for the replacement line. The vote was one of the PUC's last major actions on the project.
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