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Documents Available:

  • Documents from cases beginning in 1996 are searchable in eDockets.
  • Documents eFiled are generally searchable within 24 hours of receipt. Paper filed documents are generally available in 2-4 business days.

Docket Number:

  • Docket Number is a unique number assigned to each case.
  • This application requires only the year and sequence portion of the docket number (e.g. 08-110).
  • CIP docket numbers include a decimal and two numbers at the end of the sequence number (e.g. 04-820.05).

Document Type: Provides a pick list that describes the general nature of the document, (e.g. order, brief, comments)

Docket Type: Allows a search based on the type of case, (e.g. property acquisition or general rate case).

Submission Number: Search by the submission number that was provided to the eFiler when the filing was submitted.

Document ID: Search by the unique number assigned to the document in eDockets Search System.

On Behalf Of: Search for a document by the entity it was filed on behalf of.

Received Date: Enter the received date to be searched. The proper date format is MM/DD/YYYY.

Received Date Range: Enter the date range to be searched. The maximum date range is 30 days.

Advanced Keyword Search of Public Documents:

  • You can search for public documents which include: all words by adding “and”, or at least one of the words listed by adding “or” . Words should be separated by a space.
  • Keyword search not only looks for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to those terms. For example, searching for the word "month" would return documents containing the words month or months
  • Note that enclosing a keyword with upper case letters in double quotes does not force the search results to match case.
  • Using wildcard characters
    If you are not sure of the spelling or other variation used in the document you are searching for, you can use a wildcard character in your search term.
    • Use an asterisk (*) to stand for zero or more letters, numbers, or underscore ( _ ) characters. For example, searching for wo*d finds documents containing wood, word, World, or would.
    • Use a question mark (?) to stand for one (and only one) letter or number. For example, searching for ?an finds documents containing ran or can, but not span.  

Search Results

Results: Search results can be re-sorted by clicking on the header of each result column.

View: Public documents can be viewed by clicking the view button.  Trade Secret documents appear in the results but are not viewable using the eDockets Search application or the keyword search.  Transcripts also are not viewable.  Arrangements may be made with the court reporter to obtain a copy of the transcript or you may contact the Dept. of Commerce to make an appointment to review a transcript.

Export Results to Excel Button: Search results are exported to an Excel file.

Minnesota Department of Commerce
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
March 2009