Minneapolis raises age for buying tobacco to 21

By |2018-05-27T06:11:13-05:00May 27th, 2018|

Minneapolis is raising the age for legally buying tobacco products to 21. The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Friday to raise the legal age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21. Mayor Jacob Frey signed the ordinance, which takes effect Oct. 1. Supporters of the new law say a majority of adult smokers started the habit before they turned 21, and that the ordinance will discourage young people from smoking. Dozens of supporters, many of them young people, erupted in applause in the council chambers following the roll call vote. The Minnesota Retailers Association opposes the ordinance. The group argues state [...]

Local line project subject of federal lawsuit, Minnesota law reportedly violates U.S. Constitution

By |2018-04-17T13:09:09-05:00April 17th, 2018|

A proposed transmission line project between Winnebago and Mankato is now the subject of a federal lawsuit. Xcel Energy is working to connect its Wilmarth substation to the ITC Huntley Substation, an approximately 50-mile stretch of 345-kilovolt line. Officials are still in the regulation process, but plan for the line to be in-service by 2021. LSP Transmission Holdings attempted to bid on the project, but the project wasn’t eligible for competitive biding under Minnesota’s right-to-first-refusal law. The U.S. Justice Department has weighed in on the law and says it’s anticompetitive and violates the U.S. Constitution.  According to the Star Tribune, LSP [...]

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