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Manitou Messenger - 20 min 50 sec ago
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, St. Olaf student activists gathered in the quad to demonstrate their support for the Minneapolis Black Lives Matter movement. Amid the popular chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “
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Lutheran center proposed

Manitou Messenger - 20 min 50 sec ago
In early November, all faculty and staff received an email that proposed establishing “an infrastructure to enhance both internal and external engagement with the distinctive mission and vision of the
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Bird Run Over by a Car

Manitou Messenger - 20 min 50 sec ago
Feathers flattened and flaking away, Blood turned black as tar, Beak cracked, Legs broken, Wings splayed sideways Like two quotation marks Around an ironic phrase. emanuel@stolaf.edu
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Exhaustion Can

Manitou Messenger - 20 min 50 sec ago
Exhaustion can creep up on you When you stand by your window late at night Staring into the black softness of the sky When the light pollution from these city streets Punched black eyes on stars,
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Humans of St. Olaf

Manitou Messenger - 20 min 50 sec ago
“I like radio as a means of communication. For me, it’s a two way street kind of thing, with listeners being able to call in and everything. I feel you get this insight into how people are thinking, w
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Today’s news update – Not all Councilors pleased with Regional Priorities; Superintendent closes school from a snowdrift; NRC to receive a Star of the North Award; Valentine’s Mystery Dinner Theater

KYMN Radio - 3 hours 11 min ago

Not all Councilors pleased with Regional Priorities Rice County Commissioners along with City Administrators from Dundas, Lonsdale and Faribault held meetings and came up with priorities for Regional Economic Development.  Lobbying the legislature as a group for state and federal funding has proved to be more successful.  Northfield was not involved as we didn’t have […]

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HPC Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - 4 hours 10 min ago
Event date: February 18, 2016
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Star Tribune features class that uses ‘The Wire’ to explore race and politics

St. Olaf College - 5 hours 1 min ago

St. Olaf political science professor Joshua Anderson teaches a class that uses the HBO series ‘The Wire’ to explore race and politics in America. Photo by Star Tribune photographer Elizabeth Flores.

The HBO drama The Wire is “a fictional television show that, despite going off the air eight years ago, is proving its relevance today in classrooms around the country, including at St. Olaf College,” notes a Star Tribune story that profiles a class taught by political science professor Joshua Anderson.

The class uses The Wire — a critically acclaimed series that dives deep into issues of urban life, focusing on drugs and gangs, education and media, and, most centrally, law enforcement — to explore race and politics in America.

“The ever-presence of police brutality in The Wire gives some very timely and very realistic material for thinking about problems of policing in the United States,” Anderson tells the Star Tribune. “But what I like about The Wire is that it is fictional, and I think that takes some of the emotional stakes out of the conversation about race.”

The paper notes that since the series wrapped in 2008, “it has become a companion piece to courses on everything from poverty to ethics, in classrooms from Harvard to the University of California, Berkeley.”

The St. Olaf class, which meets daily for four weeks in January, requires students to watch the first three seasons of the series — about two episodes per night for homework, plus accompanying readings.

St. Olaf student Emnet Shibre ’16 says the show has helped her realize how complex issues like officer-involved shootings can be.

“Something that watching The Wire has done for me is give me more sympathy for the situations that officers find themselves in,” she says.

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Rice County Mental Health Collective offers youth-focused training in both Faribault and Northfield

Northfield News - 5 hours 6 min ago
With opportunities in both Faribault and Northfield, the Rice County Mental Health Collective is preparing to provide youth mental health first aid training to those who are interested in learning more about how they can help youth in a mental…
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Feb. 10 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 6 hours 40 min ago
For the full log of police calls, visit faribault.com/news/local or northfieldnews.com/news/local. You can also check out the Rice County Interactive Crime Map at faribault.com or northfieldnews.com.
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Knights Sweep Pipers to Stay Unbeaten

Carleton Sports - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:56pm

The Carleton College men’s tennis team improved to 3-0 this season with a 9-0 sweep of Hamline University. Rookies Andrew Qi and Aaron Goodman prevailed in both their singles and doubles matches.

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Knights Long-Range Attack Takes Down Macalester

Carleton Sports - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:27pm

The Carleton College men’s basketball team drained a season-best 12 three pointers—including a career-best six triples for Mitchell Biewen —as the Knights completed a season series sweep of Macalester College with a 73-66 road victory. Biewen finished with a game-high 20 points—all in the second half.

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Knights Can’t Stop Scots Rally, Fall in Overtime

Carleton Sports - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:41pm

Cece Leone notched her first career double-double to lead three Knights in double figures, but the Carleton College women’s basketball team was unable to withstand a late Macalester College scoring surge and ended up dropping a 67-59 result in overtime.

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Northfield City Council accepts LWV proposal for training in parliamentary procedure

League of Women Voters Northfield - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 9:39pm

Northfield City Council accepts LWV proposal for training in parliamentary procedure.

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Northfield Construction & Laura Baker Services

Northfield Construction Company - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 7:16pm

Laura Baker Services Association is a superior provider of housing, educational and support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This Northfield organization creates a valuable community, and we are proud of our history of work with them. Rebuilding Homes Residents of Laura Baker Services Association live in on-site cottages. The residents who live in […]

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Damali Britton Soars to Second MIAC Weekly Award

Carleton Sports - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 5:15pm

Carleton College's Damali Britton continues to soar to new heights during the 2016 indoor track and field season. The Knights' sophomore broke her own school record in the triple jump and recorded the MIAC's top distance at Minnesota State-Mankato's Ted Nelson Classic while competing against nine Division I and II programs. Thanks to her performance, Britton was honored Wednesday with her second MIAC Women's Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week award of the season.

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Northfield Arts Guild's Purple Door Theater presents 'Robin Hood'

Northfield News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:15pm
For its second year, the Northfield Arts Guild’s Purple Door Youth Theater program is heading from Wonderland to Sherwood Forrest.
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Regional economic development priorities met with skepticism by Northfield council

Northfield News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:00pm
A document that has been unanimously approved by governmental bodies in Faribault, Lonsdale, Dundas and Rice County found its way to the Northfield City Council during its work session on Tuesday. There, it was met with uncertainty.
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Encourage public participation? Yeah, right…

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:40pm

I haven’t given out one of these in a long time, but here we go, the Horse’s Ass Award to Xcel Energy and Office of Administrative Hearings, based on the bias and double standards for participation and obstructions to intervention in the latest Xcel Energy rate case (PUC Docket GR-15-826).

Yes, Intervention in the rate case denied again:

20162-118122-01_Denial #2_Overland-NoCapX Intervention

And I quote:

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

H-E-L-L-O?!?!?!  This rate case docket is all about shifting the CapX 2020 and MISO MVP 17 project portfolio transmission costs from one scheme to another.   I specifically cited all the references to CapX 2020, MISO MVP, and transmission.

Here’s what has gone before…

Intervention Petition II

Xcel objection to second petition to intervene

Overland-NoCapX_Intervention Petition 2

Intervention Petition I

20161-117574-01_Order Denying Intervention Petition 1

No CapX 2020_Response to Xcel’s Objection

20161-116957-02_Xcel’s Objection to Intervention

NoCapX 2020 and Carol A. Overland_Intervention Petition Packet

And in a parallel track, note the double standard in pleading.

  • Note that Xcel has objected only to the Overland/No CapX 2020 intervention.
  • Note that Xcel has not objected to those who participated in the “e21 Initiative” which is the basis for this rate case “multi-year rate plan” and transmission shift.
  • Note how little the other “intervenors” say.
  • Note they do not state their interests.
  • Note they do not state how their interests are different from general ratepayers.
  • Note they do not state how their interests will not be represented by OAG and Commerce.

OAH has approved Interventions of “The Commercial Group,” “Suburban Rate Authority,” and “City of Mineapolis.”  I’m sure the approval of “Clean Energy Organizations” will soon follow, despite the lack of specific pleading and the apparent conflict with one “attorney” representing so many organizations that either have differing positions and interests, or which are adequately represented by other organizations and don’t need to intervene… funny how this double standard works…

Read the Petitions:

Petition to Intervene of the Commercial Group

Petition to Intervene of Suburban Rate Authority

Petition to Intervene 0f City of Minneapolis

Petition to Intervene 0f “Clean Energy Organizations”

Petition to Intervene of MN Chamber of Commerce

Check out each of these petitions.  Look at the pleading, what’s stated, and as importantly, what is NOT stated.  What are their interests?  How are the “interests” different than general ratepayers in their class?  How are their interests not represented by Office of Attorney General and/or MN Dept. of Commerce?

So what to do?  Participating in the public hearing is not sufficient, and if that’s the limited offering, well, there’s no Discovery for a public participant.  What’s next?  Fight for the privilege of an unfunded intervention, as if there’s nothing else to do?  The issues raised by Overland/No CapX 2020 will not be addressed otherwise.  And thos overt quashing of participation is not consistent with the “public” in “Public Utilities Commission” and the Commission’s mandate.

Meanwhile, FERC just denied the 2010 Petition for Intervention too in the case regarding the cost allocation for these CapX and MISO MVP projects, yes, that took them 5 1/2 years to do, so why now?  Check this out:

FERC Order – Docket ER09-1431 (p. 8)

Odd that should come up now… naaaah, not really.

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