Duo tours local prisons

Manitou Messenger - 17 min 46 sec ago
Nursing homes, hospitals and churches are popular locations for St. Olaf students to share their musical talent off the Hill, but two Oles are adding an unexpected and underserved location to that lis
Categories: Colleges

How To Disappear Completely

Manitou Messenger - 17 min 46 sec ago
The members of Radiohead are masters of the unconventional album release. In 2007, for In Rainbows, they were the first major act to utilize the pay-what-you-want download model that has since been ad
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Lyric Theater’s muscial revue recieves positive reviews

Manitou Messenger - 17 min 46 sec ago
diences with their production of the opera Der Vampyr.  Luckily for everyone who left that show wanting more, Lyric Theater is back at it again with their 2016 spring show, Light.  This year’s product
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Myswyken production of Middletown muses on life and death

Manitou Messenger - 17 min 46 sec ago
In the shadow of a town’s insecurities, an awkward but honest quest for human affection and affirmation is laced through with humor and wonder at the stars. Ian Sutherland ’18 directed 10 student acto
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Senior art majors to end year with double-show

Manitou Messenger - 17 min 46 sec ago
On Sunday, May 8, senior art majors will have their final pieces on display throughout Dittman Center during “Lasting Legacy” and “The Senior Art Show.”  There are more featured artists than ever bef
Categories: Colleges

Local special education cooperative continues to grow

Northfield News - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:00pm
As the Cannon Valley Special Education Cooperative continues to grow, it becomes more attractive to nearby Southern Minnesota school districts.
Categories: Local News

Beyond the Open Mic 6/28/16

KYMN Radio - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 6:30pm

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 […]

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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.30.2016

Northfield Rotary Club - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 4:38pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 30, 2016

Today: Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Birthdays: Richard Collman (6/26), Karen Allawala (6/27) and Scott Richardson (7/1).

Next Week: Ben Flannery, MD, and CC Linstroth, 1,2 3 Read With Me (Spethmann)
Praying for an orderly transition of power.

Last Week:
Next summer, the Cannon Falls Rotary Club will invite church youth mission groups from across the country to come to Cannon Falls to participate in the Service Above Self Home Repair Project. They envision 350 to 450 youth coming to town during a week in June to work on 60 to 80 homes in the larger Cannon Falls area.

Joe Coyle, a Cannon Falls Rotarian and a veteran of four church mission trips, said the communities he’s worked in are no different than Cannon Falls. There are homes occupied by low-income, elderly and disabled people that could use everything from exterior and interior painting and porch repair to construction of wheel-chair ramps.

“There are elderly, low-income and disabled people who need a little bit of help to make their housing nicer,” Joe said. It led him and others to consider inviting church mission groups to Cannon Falls.

Cannon Falls Rotarians are working with Group Mission Trips out of Colorado to find the youth mission groups. The mission groups will be housed at Cannon Falls High School, with local youth and businesses helping with hospitality.

Cannon Falls Rotary will identify the homes in need of improvement, secure resident cooperation and provide the materials. Joe said the mutual benefit for the homeowners and the youth will be emphasized rather than the act of charity.

A typical house crew will be comprised of five youth and one adult. There will be ongoing supervision by people with home repair experience.

The project is expected to cost $19,000. Joe said with the help of a Rotary District grant and other donations the project is doable.

For more information, contact Joe at 612-986-6572.

Mini Classification:
Yogi told several stories about serendipitous Rotary connections.

Special Presentation:

A check for $10,000 was presented to Peggy Prowe, who was representing Mill Towns Trail. The money was raised at our annual Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. Peggy said the funds will be used for the missing link between Northfield and Cannon Falls.

Guests: Gerry Gengenbach (Pederson), Carol Gengenbach (Prowe), Sandy Gerdes (Hager-Dee), Kevin Scripp (Child), Steve Soderlind (Yogi), Monique and Margaret Ludwig, Nicole’s host Mom (Nicole).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jan Stevens. The announcement was vintage music to her ears.

Vicky Langer is still in need of two host families for the coming years. Talk to her if you have ideas.

The Vintage Band Festival is in need of volunteers for the four-day musical extravaganza July 28-31. Sign up in the lobby today.

The Rotary Outdoor Musical Plaza (ROMP) is starting to take shape at Way Park. Barry Carlson is monitoring the progress and will put out a call soon for some volunteer labor. He thanked Rick Estenson for donating some decorative rock for the project, which saves us some $1,500.

This Just In:
Rebecca Langer, daughter of Vicky and Greg Langer, is participating in a pilot program to bring lights and AC power to 40 homes in the village of Dhapchung, Nepal

Working with the nonprofit company Grid Alternatives, Rebecca She is helping install a battery-based PV micro grid system for people who still use kerosene lamps. If you would like more information about Rebecca or the cause visit:

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson-Bradford,  Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea
Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 14 — Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

July 21 — Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

July 28 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Lasswell)

August 4 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification

Quote of the Week:
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.”

— Mother Teresa

Categories: Organizations

Rice County law enforcement signs JPA with Dakota County MAAG tactical team

Northfield News - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:37pm
The Rice County Sheriff’s Office and area police departments will soon have quite a few more resources at their disposal.
Categories: Local News

Dundas explores options for reducing grade of CSAH 1 as reconstruction project draws near

Northfield News - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:00pm
The year 2018 may seem far away for some, but for the entities involved with the proposed County State Aid Highway 1 (CSAH 1) reconstruction project, time is of the essence to keep things moving forward.
Categories: Local News

Northfield Historical Society preps for Fourth of July fireworks display

Northfield News - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:14pm
As the sun sets in the evening on the Fourth of July, the Northfield sky will once again be dazzled by the annual fireworks display.
Categories: Local News

Today’s news update – Butler speaks his piece as Council ponders noise ordinance; Beyond the Open Mic discuss the hotel project; Will County Road 1 be lowered?

KYMN Radio - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:01pm

Butler speaks his piece as Council ponders noise ordinance As the City of Northfield ponders an “Unlawful Noise Ordinance”, Norman Butler, owner of The Contented Cow, spoke up at the Open Mic during last week’s Council meeting. He took issue with the number of times The Cow and his name were mentioned during the council’s […]

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Three Links CEO Pat Vincent announces 2017 retirement

Northfield News - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 10:41am
It was announced on Tuesday that Three Links CEO Pat Vincent will be retiring from her position with the organization, effective Feb. 28, 2017.
Categories: Local News

‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Dundas City Adm John McCarthy 6/28/16

KYMN Radio - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 9:18am

Jeff Johnson speaks with John McCarthy after last nights Dundas City Council Meeting, they discuss the agenda and other topics. Listen to the full interview…. mccarthy062816

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June 27 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 8:47am
For the full log of police calls, visit or You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at or
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Perennials for old fashioned gardens

Grove Landscaping - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:30am


Perennials for old fashioned gardens

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In Northfield, we do a lot of landscaping around older homes. I remember when I was younger, my Mom and Dad would take me to Grandma’s house. I’ll never forget how much I enjoyed looking at all the all the flowers in her garden. (A sign of things to come?). Grandma Smith would use a lot of them for flower arranging. Grandpa was a pastor, and she would make arrangements for the church alter every Sunday.

Ostrich fern

Other than a few shrubs around the front porch, I can’t recall seeing many houses “formally” landscaped back then. But almost everyone had a flower or vegetable garden of some sort.  Anyway, I like to incorporate some of the more old-fashioned varieties of perennials in my landscape plans. With the tremendous rise in popularity of perennials, a lot of new varieties are finding their way to the market, which makes the truly old fashioned perennials harder to find. I think too many of the older homes are over-landscaped,  like they tried too hard too make it look “contemporary”. To my way of thinking, it takes away from the uniqueness of the older home by covering up some of its best features.

Lily of the Valley

Of course there are the old standbys of peonies, hollyhocks, and lily-of-the-valley, but take a look at the list below. Hopefully, you will find a few that would suite your Grandma’s fancy.

Monarda, Raspberry Wine

Beebalm (Monarda),     Aster Bellflower (Campanula), Bleeding-heart (Dicentra),      Blue Bells (Mertensia), Daylily (Hemerocallis),      Delphinium, Forget-me-nots (Myosotis,)      Hollyhock (Althaea), Foloves (Digitalis),      Gas Plant (Dictamnus),      Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema), Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria),     Lupines, (Lupinus), Monkshood (Aconitum),      Pansies (Viola),       Phlox (creeping and standard garden variety),        Ostrich fern,           Sedum (Both groundcover and var. ‘Autumn Joy’),  Peony (Paeonia),      Primrose (Primula),      Tiger Lily (Lilium).





Xcel Energy Rate Case — taxes & xmsn rider

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 6:09pm

Really!  Xcel Energy has paid less than $1 million in federal income taxes in the 7 years from 2009 through 2015!

This is from the Direct Testimony of Nancy Campbell, Department of Commerce DER:

Campbell_DER_Direct Testimony_20166-122243-04

Here’s the Exhibit she refers to, scroll down to “NAC-20” at the very end, where you’ll find Xcel’s answer to IR 1171:


I’m looking into whether any intervenor or state agency is looking at the Xcel Energy proposal to take transmission out of CWIP rate adjustments and put into general rates. What they’re asking is:


(this paragraph is is repeated a few times).  This Transmission Cost Recovery plan can be found by searching the Xcel Energy Rate Case Application (PUC Docket 15-826):


But this transmission cost recovery is at a rate that is FERC approved MISO rates, challenged at FERC, and greatly reduced in the FERC ALJ’s Order — note Xcel Energy’s “DCF result” is 8.40%, a long way from 12.38% (on the very last page):

FERC EL-14-12-002_ALJ Order

The issue, per the ALJ:

Here’s a more detailed look at the issues in the Complaint:

And cost apportionment for these projects is spread out in MISO Schedule 26A (updated every year).  This is how they’re apportioning costs among the utilities handling the many zones in MISO:

Yeah, it’s impossible to read — here’s the Excel spreadsheet (2014 version, this is updated annually):

Exhibit B_Schedule 26A Indicative Annual Charges_02262014

There’s lots of testimony in this rate case, including from the “Minnesota Large Industrial Group” (note Minnesota large industrial customers pay lower per kw cost than us regular residential customers!), and so digging through this is just the beginning…

And remember, this is the case where the ALJ denied Overland and No CapX 2020 intervention, saying:

Further, the Petition states that purposes for which No CapX 2020 was “specifically formed” (fn 22 omitted) was to participate in dockets which are now closed, raising the question of why No CapX 2020 continues to exist.

Really, that’s what the judge said!

Denial #2_Overland-NoCapX Intervention

Why No CapX 2020 continues to exist?  Perhaps to raise issues that no one else is raising?!?!  Oh, well, they can’t have that, can they…

Speaking of Xcel Energy, they’re in the news:

Large Outflow of Money Witnessed in Xcel Energy

Categories: Citizens

Facebook Live For Your Business

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 4:42pm

You’ve probably heard about it, or at least  you have seen a notification pop up–Facebook Live is kicking butt.

What is Facebook Live?

Here’s the story from Facebook themselves, circa January 2016: In December, we started testing the ability for people to share live video on Facebook, and it has been inspiring to see all the ways that people have used Live to connect with their friends and family. Today, we’re excited to expand the ability to share live video to everyone in the U.S. via iPhone, and we plan to start rolling this out to the rest of the world over the coming weeks.

Facebook Live is now available for iPhone and most Androids.

Why should I go live on Facebook? Metrics

Simply put, the metrics can be through the roof. As Amy Porterfield and Kim Garst describe in this podcast, your business needs to get on Facebook Live, even if you are camera shy.

Why use #Facebook Live? One word: Metrics. Via @brandyourself_mn
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Create a brand that is personable, and connect with your ideal customer. Facebook Live is raw, authentic, and sometimes a bit goofy. When have your followers ever seen this side of your brand?

Use Facebook Live to better tell your brand’s story. Via @brandyourself_mn
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Easy content

We all know video performs well on social media, but it’s intimidating to post when you have no professional equipment. Facebook Live is here to save you. Users expect a smart phone-quality video when you go live on Facebook, which means you don’t need any equipment or editing tools.

Where do I start? Tips from Kim Garst

In this post, Kim Garst outlines in great detail how to get your first Facebook Live broadcast started. Once you get yourself set up, you may want to check out her follow-up post on creating a successful broadcast. Our favorite tip is engaging with your viewers, rather than pretending you are lecturing from a podium.

Tips from Mari Smith

Mari Smith also divulges her Facebook Live best practices in this post. Our favorite tip from her post is to edit the broadcast once it’s ended. She also sets a minimum of five minutes for each broadcast, a nice benchmark for beginners.

Tips from Social Media Examiner

In this post, a trusted social media marketer offers a comprehensive start-up guide and list of best practices. We love the tip to repurpose your live video on other platforms.

Tips from Facebook

You can’t go live on Facebook without learning what they have to say about a successful broadcast! While this post is full of great tips, our favorite part is the long list of sample videos. Our favorite is Tony Hawk showing off his moves on the half pipe.

Facebook Live tips straight from #Facebook. Via @brandyourself_mn
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My creative juices aren’t flowing.

No worries, we’ve all been there. Hopefully this list will offer inspiration.


Ask your head brewer to give a live tour of the taproom and brewhouse, explaining technical aspects along the way.

Go live at a sampling event or tasting class to show off the goods. It’s good for people to hear someone else talking about how great your beer is, and it shows authenticity that you let people critique the product on live video.

Festivals are fun! So, please, go live at them. Whether it’s a tour of the grounds, or tasting notes from the festival goers, folks will want to see what they’re missing out on.

Host a live Q&A with a well-known face at your brewery. This might be a long-time beertender or your head brewer. Come up with a few off-the-wall questions ahead of time to prevent the video from getting too formal or stuffy.

Facebook Live inspiration for your brewery. Via @brandyourself_mn
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Beer Distributor

Show off your warehouse, as well as the team hard at work. Walls of beer are built to impress.

Head out to a summer event on the patio. Ample sunshine, live music, and people enjoying a cold beer make for great subjects.

Give the sales team some attention by sharing their impressive displays. Extend the length of the video by showing people where they can find products in the store, and making suggestions for purchases. Just be careful to not showcase your competitors!

Facebook Live inspiration for your beer distributor. Via @brandyourself_mn
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Anybody & Everybody

Sharing your business’ unique brand on Facebook is a simple, affordable marketing strategy. Whether you are an accountant celebrating the end of tax season, or a retailer hanging holiday decorations, your business has a story to tell. Start sharing it.

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Categories: Businesses

Rice County Attorney John Fossum column on drug sentencing

KYMN Radio - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 3:04pm

The Future of Drug Sentencing in Minnesota. By, John L. Fossum, Rice County Attorney One of the bills passed by the legislature last month, and signed by the Governor, was a significant change in the way drug crimes will be prosecuted and sentenced starting in August. The bill came about because of changes suggested by the […]

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