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Xcel Expects Electric Rates Will Rise 6 Percent

Xcel Energy expects to raise its electric rates in Minnesota about 6 percent under the two-year hike recently approved by state regulators. The state Public Utilities Commission has ordered a study of how the increase should be spread among its 1 million residential and businesses customers.

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St. Paul Woman Killed in Head-On Crash

Authorities are investigating after a 63-year-old woman was killed in a head-on crash on a freeway in St. Paul. The Minnesota State Patrol says Mee Y. Vue of St. Paul was driving west on Interstate 94 on Monday afternoon when her vehicle crossed the median into eastbound traffic and collided with a pickup truck.

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DNR Extends Burning Restrictions in Northern Minnesota

As the fire danger increases, authorities are extending spring burning restrictions to more north-central and northeastern Minnesota counties effective Wednesday. Under these restrictions, open burning of brush or yard waste is prohibited in the affected counties.

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Photo: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences website
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Minnesota Native Named Norwegian University President

A Minnesota native has been chosen president of Norway's largest university. Fifty-two-year-old Curt Rice will take over as rector of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences on Aug. 1. The school's board made the announcement last week.

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