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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
October 31, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

NOTE: If you wish to join this meeting by conference call, please contact the Commission at 605-773-3201 by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, October 30, 2013. Lines are limited and are given out on a first come, first served basis, subject to possible reassignment to accommodate persons who must appear in a proceeding. Ultimately, if you wish to participate in the Commission Meeting and a line is not available, you may have to appear in person.

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Natural Gas

1.     NG12-008     In the Matter of the Application of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. for Authority to Increase its Natural Gas Rates (Staff Analysts: Brittany Mehlhaff, Patrick Steffensen; Staff Attorney: Kristen Edwards)

On December 21, 2012, the Commission received an application by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU) for approval to increase rates for natural gas service to customers in its South Dakota service territory, consisting of the Black Hills and East River service areas, by approximately $1.5 million based on MDU's test year ending June 30, 2012. MDU is also proposing to consolidate the Black Hills and East River areas into one rate jurisdiction. On February 19, 2013, Federal Executive Agencies (FEA) filed a Petition to Intervene. Intervention was granted to FEA on March 6, 2013. On April 19, 2013, the Commission received a Withdrawal motion from FEA, and on May 10, 2013, the Commission issued an Order Granting Withdrawal. On October 1, 2013, Staff filed its testimony. On October 24, 2013, Staff filed MDU's and Staff's Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement Stipulation, Settlement Stipulation, and Staff Memorandum Supporting Settlement Stipulation.

     TODAY, shall the Commission grant the Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement Stipulation and approve the rates, tariff sheets, terms, and conditions stipulated therein? OR how shall the Commission proceed?

/S/Cindy Kemnitz
Cindy Kemnitz
Finance Manager
October 25, 2013