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What to Know Now: Enbridge Permitting Proceeds, Medtronic Sees Positive Q2

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What to Know Now: Enbridge Permitting Proceeds, Medtronic Sees Positive Q2
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Enbridge pipeline chugs along: Enbridge has reapplied for a key water permit it needs for its Line 3 oil pipeline project, reports the Duluth News Tribune’s Jimmy Lovrien. The permit was initially denied by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in September with a request for more information. The agency demanded more details on Enbridge’s oil spill response model, its pre- and post-construction aquatic resources monitoring plan, and a revised proposal that mitigates impact on the more than 400 acres of forested wetlands that will be disturbed by construction.

Thief River Falls Airport lands three airline suitors: Three airlines have submitted proposals to the United States Department of Transportation to provide Essential Air Service from Thief River Falls Airport to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, reports Adam Kurtz at the Grand Forks Herald. The airlines competing for a route contract are Denver Air Connection, Air choice One, and Southern Airways Express LLC. The company that wins the bid will serve as an alternative to Boutique Air, which currently holds the contract.

Medtronic quarterly earnings beat forecasts: The Fridley-based medical device giant saw revenue growth across all its product divisions, reports the Star Tribune’s Joe Carlson. The majority of the company’s revenue was driven by the products for heart, pain relief, and minimally invasive surgery. The successful second quarter topped expectations and raised Medtronic’s full-year earnings outlook. Company executives believe upcoming new products will help build on the growth.

Mapping pollution in Minneapolis: The state is stepping up its pollution mapping process. For the first time, state officials will measure at the ground level rather than on top of buildings, reports the Southwest Journal’s Andrew Hazzard. The also calls for collecting hyperlocal data for Minneapolis and St. Paul, instead of a broad look across the state. Monitors were installed this spring in every zip code within the two cities. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency hopes to release a preliminary data report on local air quality by the end of this year.

Bite Squad bites the dust in St. Cloud: Food delivery service Bite Squad is discontinuing service in St. Cloud three months after its debut in the market, reports the St. Cloud Times’ Sarah Kocher. "We were unable to grow the market fast enough to become profitable," Bite Squad media relations director Dean Turcol told the newspaper on Monday. The company is also closing its Rochester and Duluth operations, though service will continue in the Twin Cities and Roseville.

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