November 03, 2011 - Northern States Power Company, the Applicant, has applied for a Certificate of Need for the construction of two new 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines in Minneapolis, Minnesota, located in a heavily developed urban area known as the Midtown District in south Minneapolis. The total length of the transmission lines would be 1.4 to 3.8 miles long, depending on the final route selected. The application also requests authority to construct two new substations referred to as the Hiawatha Substation, near Hiawatha Avenue and 28th Street, and the Midtown Substation, near Oakland Avenue South and 29th Street. The Applicant’s stated purpose for the project is to increase the electrical distribution delivery system and improve the reliability of the power supply in south Minneapolis.
November 01, 2011 - The issue is whether or not there is reasonable cause to believe that the health, safety or rights of children in Ms. Greenagel’s care are at imminent risk of harm at this time. The Administrative Law Judge concludes that there is reasonable cause to believe that children in Licensee’s care are at imminent risk of harm.
November 01, 2011 - Is Barten Knudson disqualified from having contact with or access to persons in a program licensed by the Department? If Mr. Knudson is disqualified, should the disqualification be set aside or a variance granted?
Should the Knudsons’ application for a license to provide foster care be denied? The Administrative Law Judge concludes that Barten Knudson is permanently disqualified from having direct contact with or access to persons in a program licensed by the Department and that the Commissioner is prohibited from setting aside the disqualification or issuing a variance. The decision to deny Barten and Linda Knudson’s application for a foster care license should be affirmed based on the disqualification.
October 31, 2011 - Did Respondent Ed Montbriand violate Minnesota Statutes § 211A.12 by accepting a campaign contribution in excess of $300 from an individual donor? If so, what is the appropriate penalty for that violation? Respondent Ed Montbriand does not dispute that he violated Minn. Stat. § 211A.12 when he accepted a campaign contribution from an individual in the amount of $800. The panel concludes that the Respondent must return $500 to the donor and pay a civil penalty in the amount of $500.
October 28, 2011 - The Department has the statutory authority to adopt the rules. The rules were adopted in compliance with the procedural requirements of Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 14, and Minnesota Rules, Chapter 1400. The adopted rules are APPROVED.
October 26, 2011 - In light of his credit history and tax liens, should the Applicant be denied a mortgage originator’s license because of demonstrated financial irresponsibility? The Administrative Law Judge concludes that the Department has a basis for denying the Applicant’s license, but that there are mitigating circumstances that support granting the license.
October 21, 2011 - The above-referenced rules, as approved by the Revisor on October 26, 2010, are approved as to legality. The Administrative Law Judge has determined there are no negative findings in these rules.
October 21, 2011 - Was the Respondent responsible for maltreatment of a child, pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 245A.02, subd. 18, and 626.556, subd. 2, and Minn. R. 9503.0045, subp. 1 (A)? If the Respondent was responsible for maltreatment, did the Department properly impose a fine of $1,000, pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 245A.07, subd. 3? The Administrative Law Judge concludes that the maltreatment occurred and the penalty should be affirmed.
October 21, 2011 - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: 1. That there is not probable cause to believe that Respondents Highland
Sanitation Incorporated, David Stewart, and Susan Stewart violated Minnesota Statutes
§§ 211B.06 by including two false statements in a letter sent to customers of Highland
Sanitation, and those allegations shall be dismissed. 2. That there is probable cause to believe that Respondents Highland Sanitation Incorporated, David Stewart, and Susan Stewart violated Minnesota Statutes §§ 211B.15, subd. 2, by making an illegal corporate contribution to Mr. Cardinal. 3. That there is probable cause to believe that Respondent Bob Cardinal violated Minnesota Statutes §§ 211B.15, subd. 13, and Minnesota Statutes § 211B.13, subd. 2, by knowingly accepting Highland’s corporate contribution to his election campaign. 4. That the alleged violations of Minnesota Statutes §§ 211B.15, subds. 2 and
13, and 211B.13, subd. 2, are referred to the Chief Administrative Law Judge for assignment to a panel of three Administrative Law Judges pursuant to Minnesota Statute § 211B.35.