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Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:26pm


They published my LTE in the Alaska Highway News:

UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEAVES DEEP IMPACTS

Your coverage of the RCMP shooting of James McIntyre has been thorough in this general dearth of information.

I’ve spent the last 20 years advocating against utility infrastructure in the U.S., and the killing of McIntyre by RCMP is horrifying.  

A big part of my schtick is to stand at the door (not inside where I’d be “interfering”) and enthusiastically greet everyone, hand them a flyer about how to participate, and direct them to the meeting.  Had I been at that open house, I’d be the one they found at the door.  Had they told me to leave, I’d have argued and resisted, as always, ramping up if they pushed.

In my experience, utilities have now and then requested police presence, and when I see it, I let the organizers know it’s offensive and off putting, chilling public participation.  People have a right to speak out against a project, and they have a right to be angry!  I talk to the officers too, find out if I can who wanted them there, and let them know it’s inhibiting and threatening to the public.  I figure they just add me to their list of people to watch.  But this atmosphere of blind fear is not acceptable.  Don’t Canadians have a right to free speech?  Civil disobedience is an appropriate response.  Civil disobedience is NOT a death sentence with law enforcement as judge, jury and executioner.

People are being steam-rolled by utility infrastructure projects such as dams, transmission lines, and pipelines, and no one wants to hear about it.  They want opposition to just go away.  People are losing their land, communities are deeply affected, and those affected are not compensated sufficiently to make it acceptable — and money is not the answer to everything!  

Is the Site C project worth the impacts?  Is generating electricity and profiting from it sufficient reason to inflict these impacts, including this death?  Maybe BC Hydro should think again.

—Carol A. Overland, Utility Regulatory Attorney, Minnesota

Categories: Citizens

We're in Luck!

Myrna CG Mibus - Idyllwild - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:33pm
We're in Luck, Wisconsin this evening instead of Superior and we feel lucky to be here!
We had breakfast at a little cafe in Siren this morning and were on the Gandy Dancer Trail heading north by 9:00. The going was somewhat slow but the crushed limestone trail was good and we made Danbury by 11:00. We had lunch then I bought some fudge and made a comment to the lady in the fudge shop that we were heading to Superior. When she figured out we were on bikes she got worried and told us the trail turned into an ATV trail and said the trail wasn't good for bikes. We knew that to some degree  - but have never seem ATV trails so didn't know what to expect. We had done as much online research as we could but still didn't know how the trail would work for our bikes. We just knew we had a long 50 miles ahead of us to make Superior and that there were basically no towns in between. Well, we got on the trail and soon discovered why the fudge shop lady was worried. The trail north of Danbury was great for ATVs, somewhat possible on a fatbike but impossible on my Vaya. Owen said my back wheel was skidding all over. The trail was made up of deep sand and gravel and there were no packed sections in which to ride. We rode less than a mile and decided to turn back. Turning back was a good call. We decided to bike the trail south back through Siren and bike until we got tired. 
After an hour, we stopped for a coffee at a great little coffee shop in Webster, Wisconsin. Then we bikes on through Siren on the well maintained trails through Burnett County. Then we hit Polk County and trail conditions changed and were not so nice.
Mostly, the trails were mossy and not well kept up but rideable enough but I hit a few spots of deep sand that I almost wiped out on. Scary. After almost 54 miles of riding total for the day, we decided to stop for the night in Luck, Wisconsin. 
Our hotel, The Luck Country Inn, is nice. We had a good dinner at the Bon Ton tavern (they have a great outdoor patio).
Tomorrow, we will likely ride the trail all the way south to St. Croix Falls then ride back north to Siren. That's the plan, anyway. As we learned today, plans can always change!
We're both tired but are feeling strong. Our bikes and gear are working great. We are having fun and are probably eating too much! Good night. 
Categories: Citizens

Beyond the Open Mic 8/3/15

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 5:30pm

Don McGee and Victor Summa

Beyond the open mic is intended to open dialogue about the process and the processors in City Hall; Elected Officials, City Staff, citizen and others.  Your hosts are Donovan McGee and Victor Summa. Opinions expressed are solely those of the hosts and not necessarily those of KYMN.  To contact Victor or Don you can email them at beyondtheopenmic@gmail.com

On today’s BTOM, Vic and Don discuss NAFRS and briefly touch on the escalating Library project cost.

Click below to listen to the show:

 BTOM 8-3-15

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Ruth Dahle of Three Links 8/3/15

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:44pm

Jeff Johnson speaks with Ruth Dahle of Three Links to talk about their boot fundraiser and the upcoming golf tournament on Thursday.  There are still openings if you’d like to participate!  Lots of great prizes.  She’s also selling raffle tickets.  For more information click HERE.

Click below to listen to the full interview: 

ruthdahle 8-3-15

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City: Loud blasts expected from Well No. 6 at Spring Creek soccer complex

Northfield News - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:15pm
The contractor for Well No. 6, which is located at the Spring Creek soccer complex on Jefferson Parkway, is now beginning to develop the well cavity, according to the city of Northfield.
Categories: Local News

Clean Power Plan? MPCA wants comments!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:37pm

That’s the Coal Creek plant, a photo I took on a tour.  If you’re an electric co-op member in Minnesota (elsewhere too?), they offer tours regularly, and it’s something you should do!  Check your co-op’s newsletter for info.

State Register Notice:

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Just released FEDERAL Clean Power Plan:

Clean Power Plan Final Rule (PDF)(1560 pp, 3.3 MB, About PDF) – August 2015

Look at how the “adjusted” Minnesota’s baseline levels due to Sherco 3 being out for nearly 2 years:

The EPA examined units nationwide with 2012 outages to determine where an individual unit-level outage might yield a significant difference in state goal computation. When applying this test to all of the units informing the computation of the BSER, emission performance rates, and statewide goals, the EPA determined that the only unit with a 2012 outage that 1) decreased its output relative to preceding and subsequent years by 75 percent or more (signifying an outage), and 2) could potentially impact the state’s goal as it constituted more than 10 percent of the state’s generation was the Sherburne County Unit 3 in Minnesota.  The EPA therefore adjusted this state’s baseline coal steam generation upwards to reflect a more representative year for the state in which this 900 MW unit operates.

Clean Power Plan Final Rule (PDF p. 796 of 1560).

And from the state, which acknowledges imminent release of FEDERAL Clean Power Plan Final Rule , also released today, just in from the MPCA (direct quote):

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued a request for comments on possible rule amendments to bring Minnesota into compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan. You can read the full request in the August 3, 2015, edition of the State Register, available at www.comm.media.state.mn.us/bookstore/mnbookstore.asp?page=register.

The amendments we are considering will help Minnesota meet standards established by the Clean Power Plan, which sets state-specific carbon dioxide emission targets and requires each state to submit a plan detailing its strategy for meeting the targets. As of State Register press time, we have not yet started drafting a plan because the EPA has not yet published the standards that Minnesota’s plan will need to meet, so the MPCA requests public input to help guide our considerations of methods for meeting the EPA’s targets, as well as any other objectives that the state’s plan might include.

Stakeholder meeting agendas, notes, and other related documents are posted on the website for this rulemaking at www.pca.state.mn.us/w9y3awr.

To access information about a particular Minnesota rulemaking, visit the Public Rulemaking Docket.

 

Categories: Citizens

Today’s news update – Library project price goes up again; Budget talks begin tonight; Thefts from autos continue; Sculpture for Dundas Trailhead

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 1:43pm

Library project price goes up again

The Library is going to cost more.  When bids came in, they ranged from $2 million 93 thousand to nearly $3 million.  Unfortunately the low bidder, Pro Con out of Faribault, left out 2 alternatives.  Staff reviewed precedence and sought legal counsel to determine whether or not council could accept/approve the bids without the alternatives listed. Confirmation came that the city may approve the low bid, however, legal counsel cautioned against doing so.  City Staff will be recommending Council adopt the resolution awarding the construction project to Brennan Company of Mankato with the total bid amount of $2,399,500, including all Alternates.  That’s about a $142,000 shortfall.  According to the Council packet for tomorrow night’s meeting, Council is asked to approve additional General Fund dollars of $27,747 to defray the additional commitment from the Capital Campaign Committee fundraising.  The rest will come from additional fundraising.  This promises to be an interesting discussion as the price tag continues to rise.

Budget talks begin tonight

The Northfield City Council will start the process of hammering out next years budget at a Budget Retreat workshop tonight.  Items on the agenda include reviewing the TAx Capacity and Tax rates, Capital Improvement and Capital Equipment plans and looking at new initiatives and projects.  They’ll also look at the Proposed Levy and budet implications among other budget items.  The retreat will be held at the Northfield Police Station meeting room and starts at 6 o’clock.

Thefts from autos continue

Thefts from autos continue to be a problem.  Seven were reported in Faribault and 2 in Northfield last week.  Northfield Deputy Chief Dukatz says these are crimes of opportunity and are difficult to solve without the public’s help.  If you see someone actively involved in rummaging through a car, call 911, don’t confront them.  For suspicious activity call 645-4477.  He also reminds folks to lock their doors and don’t leave items visible.  Installing motion lights can be a real deterrent as well.

Sculpture for Dundas Trailhead

A long-planned sculpture at the Dundas Trailhead may be closer to becoming a reality.  Local sculptor mack Gimsey has been working with the city since 2006 to get the sculpture installed, but a recession and other obligations has put the project on the back burner.  Dundas City Administrator John McCarthy said the project was resurrected at last Monday’s Dundas Council meeting.  The sculpture will not only bring more visual appeal to the Trailhead, it will bring a bit of history too including a millstone from the original mill.  Despite the long delay, Gmsey has continued to work on the sculpture and it is nearly complete.

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8-3-15 news

Listen for news updates on-air at 6, 7, 8, Noon, 3 and 5

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Human Rights Commission

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 1:40pm
Event date: August 13, 2015
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 10:10 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

8-4 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:33am
For the full log of police calls, visit northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at northfieldnews.com.
Categories: Local News

Northfield Garden Club 'arranges' next meeting

Northfield News - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:19am
For those looking to gain from hands on experience with the art of flower arranging, plan on attending the next meeting of the Northfield Garden Club.
Categories: Local News

15 with the Author | ‘Funny on Purpose’ by Joe Randazzo 8/3/15

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:09am

Many of us can make people laugh but very few can earn a living at it.  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with Joe Randazzo who’s written the book on how-to.  It’s called “Funny on Purpose – the definitive guide to an unpredictable career in comedy”.   Joe talks about writing and editing for The Onion and the various comedians he interviewed for the book including Joan Rivers just weeks before she died.  That’s at 11 o’clock today.

 

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Funny on Purpose

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Beyond the Open Mic 7/28/15 Special Guest Tim Clack

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 5:26am

Don McGee and Victor Summa

Beyond the open mic is intended to open dialogue about the process and the processors in City Hall; Elected Officials, City Staff, citizen and others.  Your hosts are Donovan McGee and Victor Summa. Opinions expressed are solely those of the hosts and not necessarily those of KYMN.  To contact Victor or Don you can email them at beyondtheopenmic@gmail.com

This is a special show with guest Tim Clack, Chair of the Charter Commission

Click below to listen to the show:

 BTOM 7-28-15

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Sun, Aug 2 - Miesville 6, Dundas 2

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 8:46pm
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E Dundas 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0   2 8 1 Miesville 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 x   6 10 3

W - Werner L - Ruud
Full Box Score

Categories: Organizations

Safe and sound in Siren

Myrna CG Mibus - Idyllwild - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 8:03pm
Well we are safe and sound in Siren, Wisconsin and have finished day 1 of our bike packing adventure. 

We took off from Shell Lake just before 4 p.m. and headed west on county road B for Siren. At mile 3.5 Owen got stung by a bee or something so we stopped to check him out. Owen reacts terribly to mosquito bites so I was quite worried he'd swell up and have an allergic reaction. But he didn't, thank goodness. We biked on. 
We had about a 15 mph headwind all the way to Siren. That was a bummer but we managed. The ride went well. The scenery was beautiful. 
After 2 1/2 hours (27.8 miles) of biking we rolled into Siren. We're staying at a little motel, the Pinewood Motel, and we're having dinner right now at the Pour House. 

My foot is a little sore. Other than that, I'm feeling strong. 
Planning on 70 miles (Owen says it's all downhill) tomorrow. 
Categories: Citizens

Fine Tune #289…clothes call; orig. aired 29 July 2012

KYMN Radio - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 7:15pm

Host Wendy Nordquist hosts an eclectic hour of acoustic, Americana, jazz, old-time, roots and world music every Sunday evening from 6-7 p.m.

Fine Tune 07-29-12

A wardrobe of songs … for pretty girls?

1  First Kiss / Carlene Carter
2  Summer Dress / Shawn Colvin
3  Alice Blue Gown (Irene) / Edith Day w Empire Theatre Orchestra
4  I Gave My Wedding Dress Away / Kitty Wells
5  Paper Gown / Caroline Herring
6  Walkin’ Shoes / Chet Baker
7  In These Shoes? / Kirsty MacColl
8  New Shoes  / Paolo Nutini
9  Dress of Laces / Nanci Griffith
10 Shopping for Dresses / Young Steve
11 A Pretty Girl is Like… / The Magnetic Fields
12 If a Girl isn’t Pretty / cast of ‘Funny Girl’ film
13 Not Pretty Enough / Kasey Chambers
14 Soul Dressing / Booker T & The MG’s
15 Girl Shoes / The Chenille Sisters
16 Cotton Dress / Mark Olson & Gary Louris
17 Clothes Line Sage / Suzzy & Maggie Roche

 

 

 

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Laura Baker Services dedicates new cottage during annual summer fun day

Northfield News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 3:00pm
Addressing the crowd of Laura Baker Services Association clients, families, staff and community members on Sunday afternoon, LBSA executive director Sandi Gerdes described the dedication of new Spring
Categories: Local News

It's almost Go Time!

Myrna CG Mibus - Idyllwild - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 9:37pm
Tomorrow Owen and I take off on our bike packing adventure. We are mostly packed but will finish up in the morning. We have some time as we are not due to drop our son off at camp until 1:30 p.m. at the earliest. It's likely we'll leave our home for Shell Lake, Wisconsin around 10 a.m. and be biking by mid-afternoon.

At present, our plan is to bike 30 miles to Siren on Sunday afternoon and overnight there. We talked about biking to Danbury, another 10 miles further north, but I could not find a non-smoking hotel room open (at a reasonable price) at the local casino hotels. It's not that we are really picky about non-smoking vs. smoking rooms but that combined with the fact that we have just a few hours to get anywhere on Sunday made us decide we'd bike a shorter distance on our first day. Seems less stressful.

On Monday we plan to bike about 70 miles all the way to Superior. We'd make it a shorter day except that hotels appear to be scarce along the Gandy Dancer Trail so we'll just make a day of it and pedal away.

Once we're in Superior, we overnight then Tuesday morning head back south again for Shell Lake. I think we can make Shell Lake in two days of about 50 miles a day. If not, we'll take longer. We have an extra day built in as we don't have to be back in Shell Lake to get Ryan until Thursday.

I'm a bit stressed about carrying everything on my bike but I think I have things under control. I packed all of my clothes and some toiletries and a book to read (Neil Gaimon's The Ocean at the End of the Lane) all in my Pika seat bag. It weighs about five pounds and I still have room to spare. I'll finish packing a first aid kit, some other toiletries and some food in my handlebar bag tomorrow morning.

Tonight, Owen and I took the bikes out for a little test ride around the neighborhood with our seat bags all packed. The bikes rode great even with extra weight hanging off their back ends. In theory, we should have biked a lot longer and tested things out even better. But, oh well, we didn't. We'll be fine.

Here we are with our bikes packed and almost ready to go!I'm feeling pretty excited about our upcoming adventure! I've wanted to go on a bike packing trip for well over a year now and I'm so glad we are making it happen!

I feel excited about something else, too. This morning Owen and I rode the 25 mile route of the Tour de SAVE charity bike ride that raises money and awareness for suicide awareness and education. We've done the SAVE ride several years and are glad to help raise money for SAVE. The weather was perfect for the ride this morning and the attendance was good - I don't know how many rode, maybe 60? I met some great people and enjoyed myself immensely.

I feel doubly good about the ride because 1) we helped raise money for a great cause and 2) I, for the first time ever, rode 25 miles without taking a break. Normally on a ride of 20 or so miles I stop and rest about 10 miles in. Today, I felt great and just kept on pedaling.

After riding so well this morning, I'm feeling pretty confident about being able to ride strong this week.

I'll write as often as I can to keep you up to date on our bike adventure!
Categories: Citizens

GALLERY: Bikes and Brass — fundraising ride and vintage bands make for a busy Saturday

Northfield News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:00am
A Saturday morning in Northfield is often busy with myriad events or activities, and Aug. 1 was no exception.
Categories: Local News

Laura Baker Services Association to build relationships with area business at 'Morning Brew'

Northfield News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 6:30pm
Sandi Gerdes knows that when it comes to the topic of employers hiring people with developmental disabilities, having that conversation is “difficult.”
Categories: Local News

News Update: Enhanced Law, Drivers Face Larger Penalty for Texting; NHS named one of the Top Ten Best Western Museum of 2015 by True West Magazine!; Night to Unite, August 4th

KYMN Radio - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:52pm
Enhanced Law, Drivers Face Larger Penalty for Texting

Drivers who repeatedly choose texting over safety while behind the wheel risk a higher fine for violating the law beginning Saturday. Under the enhanced law, drivers face a $225 fine for second and subsequent violations of the texting while driving law, in addition to the current $50 fine. In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts and emails, and access the web while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. That includes sitting at a stoplight or stop sign. It is also illegal for drivers with a permit or provisional driver’s license to use a cell phone while driving, except for emergencies to call 911. Over the last 5 years in Minnesota 19% of all traffic fatalities and serious injuries were distraction-related and driver inattention was the number on factor in multiple crashes in 2014

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NHS named one of the Top Ten Best Western Museum of 2015 by True West Magazine!

​ True West magazine has ​sought the nation for Western museums dedicated ​to their mission of keeping the Old West alive in our communities and nation​. ​The Northfield Historical Society​, in recognition of their superior exhibitions and ability to reach all generations through their creativity in interpreting the West​ has been given the honor of top 10 Best Western Museums in 2015. This is not the first time the NHS has been awarded by True West. Northfield’s Historical Society ranked number 7.   Night to Unite, August 4th   16 groups have already registered for ‘Night to Unite’, Tuesday August 4th. ‘Night to Unite’ is to promote neighborhood connections, and discuss potential concerns in the area. Registering you party with the city of Northfield, you will receive a visit by Northfield Fire, EMS, and PD. More importantly, the evening is about connecting with the people in your community, police, fire safety, EMS, and council members in a more positive environment.    ​​Newscast 7.31

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