The wrangle over a planned replacement of a northern Minnesota oil pipeline hasn't captured the headlines and attention of last year's Dakota Access standoff in North Dakota, but the echoes are audible. Environmental activists are campaigning against the use of Canadian tar field oil. Tribes are concerned about the risk of contaminating waters, including, in this case, valued wild-ricing beds. There has been civil disobedience at a worksite in Superior.
Minnesota House GOP and Senate DFL leaders need to take another swing at passing a bipartisan bonding bill and a comprehensive transportation bill, and do it as soon as possible in a special session called by Gov. Mark Dayton. Agreement on bonding between the House GOP and Senate DFL majorities came together in the waning minutes of the Legislature and it seems a miscommunication or misunderstanding derailed the bill.
MANKATO, Minn. — A statement a teacher provided to the St. Peter High School principal, who was investigating allegations the teacher hit a student with a backpack, can be heard or seen by a jury during a criminal trial, a judge’s ruling said. Robert Carl Shoemaker, 54, is accused of dropping an 11-pound backpack on the student’s head during a science class on Sept. 26, 2013. The student said he wasn’t feeling well and had his head down on his desk to rest when the backpack hit him. Shoemaker was interviewed by Peterson the day after the incident.