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NEW YORK (AP) -- A gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York on Friday morning, as utility crews made some progress erasing outages that put thousands of new homes and businesses in the dark in a region still reeling from Superstorm Sandy. Police enforced the new system at filling stations in New York City and on Long Island as drivers turned out before dawn to line up for their rations. At a Hess station in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, drivers said it appeared to be working so far.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to consider a challenge to a state law designed to protect domestic abuse victims. The law allows judges to impose no contact orders for those suspected of domestic abuse. Bryan Ness says the law is unconstitutional because a judge issued the order without giving him a chance to respond. Ness was accused of striking his wife during an argument at their Moorhead apartment last year. A Clay County judge ordered him to have no contact with his wife. He was later arrested for violating the order and was charged with a felony.
This is the records summary for Nov. 9. Property damage WILLMAR -- Damage to the window in a door, apparently from a BB or pellet, was reported around 8:15 a.m. Thursday along the 1100 block of Ninth Street Southeast. District Court Kandiyohi County n Christopher Ray Maeyaert, 19, of Lucan, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of check forgery for allegedly forging another man's checks at a Willmar business. Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is Jan. 16. According to the complaint, on Aug.
LAKE LILLIAN -- Lake Lillian City Clerk Susan Jungclaus said Thursday that Kenneth Wittman has not decided whether he will accept or decline the job as the town's mayor. Wittman, one of four council members, was elected mayor and was the top vote-getter with 13 write-in votes. Wittman had not sought the office. Jungclaus said she talked to Wittman on Wednesday and he said he was going to think about it for a while. Jungclaus thinks there won't be a decision until at least the next council meeting Nov. 13 when members will canvass the general election results.
WILLMAR -- A special election will be required to fill the vacancy that is expected to be created when Willmar City Council member Doug Reese resigns to take a seat at the beginning of next year on the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. Reese was elected without opposition to represent District 2 on the county board in Tuesday's general election. The district includes a large segment of the city of Willmar. The seat is now held by Richard Larson of Willmar, who did not file for re-election. Reese is ending 26 years on the council.
ST. PAUL -- Fibrominn of Benson will pay a $14,000 civil penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to resolve a violation of the company's air emissions permit. Fueled primarily by turkey litter, Fibrominn's electric power generating plant also includes wood and other biomass in its fuel mix.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The cost of the classic Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings increased by less than one percent this year. According to the annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the average cost of this year's feast for 10 people is $49.48, a 28-cent increase from last year's average of $49.20. "At just under $5 per person, the cost of this year's meal remains a bargain," said AFBF President Bob Stallman, a rice and cattle producer from Texas.