MINNESOTA COURT OF APPEALS

Appeals court says Minnesota governor had authority to impose mask mandate

ST. PAUL (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz had the legal authority to mandate face masks when he declared a public health emergency in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday. Walz declared a peacetime emergency in March 2020 and mandated masking in most indoor public spaces in July 2020. The conservative Upper Midwest…

Groups Line 3 Appeal Will Not Be Heard By Minnesota Supreme Court

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Supreme Court will not take up an appeal by tribal and environmental groups opposed to Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline project. A spokesperson for Enbridge says they are pleased with the decision. Minnesota Court of Appeals had earlier ruled that the Public Utilities Commission certificate of need and route permit was granted correctly. Enbridge…

Tribes Attempt To Stop Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Denied

ST. PAUL, Minn. — An appeal by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and White Earth Band of Ojibwe to stop construction on the controversial Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project is denied by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. A statement from Enbridge says it is pleased with the decision but not surprised. They say the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission…

Court upholds Minneapolis cop’s conviction in Damond case

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a former Minneapolis police officer’s murder conviction in the 2017 shooting death of an unarmed woman who had dialed 911. Mohamed Noor is serving 12 1/2 years in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, whom he shot once in the stomach when she approached his patrol car in the alley behind…

Neighbors Lose Fight to Save Historic St. Paul Church

The former St. Andrew's Catholic Church has been an anchor in the Como Park neighborhood for nearly a century.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Preservationists and others who have worked to save a historic church in St. Paul have lost an appeal and are lamenting its demise. The former St. Andrew’s Catholic Church has been an anchor in the Como Park neighborhood for nearly a century. But now plans to demolish it can begin because those who fought to…

Two Minnesota Agencies Not Ready For Permits For Proposed Enbridge Pipeline

The proposed pipeline will run from Canada to Superior, Wisconsin through several northern Minnesota counties

ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources will not release draft permits for Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota. They are waiting until a better environmental impact statement is approved, as ordered by the court. Earlier this month, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled the environmental impact statement for…