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Forum staff reports, Published May 01 2013

Supreme Court rules against Moorhead utility

ST. PAUL – A Minnesota Supreme Court ruling released Wednesday upheld a jury verdict ordering that Moorhead’s public utility pay about $385,000 to a utility company that once served a subdivision annexed by Moorhead.

The ruling affirms the result of a 2010 trial that centered on how much Moorhead Public Service owed to Red River Valley Cooperative Power Association to compensate for the city’s utility taking over the service of 65 homes in Americana Estates, a 77-acre subdivision on Moorhead’s south side.

The Moorhead utility was arguing in the appeal that the trial judge had wrongly prevented it from using some expert testimony.