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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Most Xcel Energy customers have power restored

MINNEAPOLIS -- Xcel Energy crews are wrapping up restoration efforts to the last several hundred customers without power, many since last Friday, most of them in the Twin Cities area. Company officials say the can't restore service to customers, though, that have damaged electric service masts on the side of their home. That is equipment that belongs to the homeowner and not the power company, so if it's damaged a licensed electrician must be hired to make repairs before service can be restored. Anyone that is still without power is asked to call the company and report the outage, so crews can identify individual outages and make the necessary repairs. 


 Investigators say a tip from the public has led to the arrest of a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run in Hinckley June 17th that killed an Army veteran. A 31-year-old man from Wyoming, Minnesota was taken into custody Wednesday morning at his parents' residence. The crash claimed the life of 24-year-old Trevor Langlois, who pulled over on a freeway entrance ramp to I-35 with truck problems and was hit by a vehicle which then fled. The Bloomington Police Department received a tip Monday night and forwarded the information to the State Patrol. 


Governor Dayton is resting after tearing a muscle in his left hip over the weekend and has canceled public appearances for the rest of the week. The governor says it happened early Saturday afternoon as he was hurrying down the stairs at the official residence to go to a D-F-L beanbag event. Dayton says he took the bottom two steps together, landed on his left leg, pivoted, and heard a loud "pop", followed by pain and loss of strength in the leg. Doctors at Mayo Clinic confirmed the governor tore a muscle in his hip and are recommending rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatories and use of a cane for a couple weeks. 


The State Fair is out with its list of 47 new food items for this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together. The new menu includes cocoa cheese bites, wine glazed deep-fried meatloaf, chocolate chili ice cream, and Blue Moon Dine-in Theater's Comet corn. It's dipped in liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze, and when it comes out looks like a witches' brew. State Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette says when you eat it you can breathe cool smoke out of your mouth and nose. She also recommends the deep-fried bread pudding, sweet corn corndog and mini-donut batter ice cream.