ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota contingent in London this week isn't just the Vikings gearing up for their cross-Atlantic football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman are holding meetings with local officials and doing international media interviews in addition to attending Sunday's game at Wembley Stadium.
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have ruled out arson in a fire that destroyed a mosque in downtown Winona earlier this month, though the exact cause of the blaze remains undetermined. Assistant Winona Fire Chief Jim Multhaup (MULL'-tahp) tells KAGE Radio authorities are certain the fire originated between the ceiling and roof of the Winona Islamic Center. The September 13th fire destroyed two buildings, including the Islamic Center, and heavily damaged a third. No one was hurt.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved Minnesota Power's plan to install pollution control upgrades at one of the state's largest coal-fired power plants. The project is expected to reduce mercury emissions at the Boswell 4 unit in Cohasset, which powers taconite and paper plants. Large industrial customers can expect to pay 9 percent more by 2017 while residential customers face a 6 percent increase to pay for the retrofit.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health issues have forced British crooner Engelbert Humperdinck to cancel two shows, including an already rescheduled appearance at a Minnesota casino. The Mystic Lake Casino confirmed yesterday that the 77-year-old Humperdinck has scrapped today's show.