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Charter Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 46 min 17 sec ago
Event date: August 13, 2015
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:
Northfield City Hall - Carleton Conference Room
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

8-5 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 1 hour 33 min ago
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 staff, councilor ponder tiny house development

Northfield News - 3 hours 43 min ago
The tiny house movement is alive and well throughout the United States. In Northfield, however, the requests have been limited. 
Categories: Local News

Dundas pond project set to alleviate flooding issues for Bridgewater residents

Northfield News - 3 hours 46 min ago
If you have never thought of a pond as being "live" or "organic," now is the time to do so.
Categories: Local News

‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Mayor Dana Graham 8/4/15

KYMN Radio - 4 hours 21 min ago

Jeff Johnson speaks with Mayor Dana Graham about their special Budget workshop on 8/3/15

 

Click below to listen to the full interview:

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Community News: Red Cross issues urgent call for blood 8/4/15

KYMN Radio - 4 hours 26 min ago

Red Cross issues urgent call for most needed blood types

Type O negative, B negative, A negative blood donors asked to restock shelves ST. PAUL, Minn. (Aug. 4, 2015) – The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the blood types most needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors with O negative, B
negative and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Overall blood donations in the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region have been
approximately 1,734 fewer per month in June and July this year than the previous 10 months of the year. When demand for the most needed types begins to outpace donations, the Red Cross alerts donors to help restock the shelves.

Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood
type. Types B negative and A negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

Eligible donors are encouraged to donate double red cells – a process where two units of red
cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor – where
available.

“Summer blood shortages are not uncommon, but they can be prevented when generous
volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives,” said Sue Thesenga, Communications
Manager for the Red Cross North Central Blood Serives Region. “Many donors have already
given this summer. We’re now asking donors who haven’t donated, and those who are eligible again, to make an appointment to give now to help ensure blood products are available for patients.”

Platelets and type AB plasma also needed Platelet donors and those with type AB blood are also continually needed to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving blood products they need. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, surgical patients and bone narrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Donors with type AB blood are urged to give blood or platelets to restock the plasma supply. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types.

Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again and help
patients like an expectant mother at a Red Cross-supported hospital who is currently receiving nearly 100 units of blood products a week until she delivers. Her need alone could add up to 1,100 units.

DRIVES coming up in Northfield:

8/7/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Culver’s, 960 Highway 3 South
8/11/2015: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Dominic Catholic Church Northfield, 104 Linden Hall

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And in the Alaska Highway News…

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: 

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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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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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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

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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. 
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