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Area Man Leaves Committee

Today – July 1, 2015 – was my first day since starting at Carleton (in October 2005) that I was not a member of the College’s Institutional Review Board, the federally-mandated committee that oversees all of the research on “human subjects” (i.e., any living person) conducted by Carleton faculty, staff, and students or at Carleton by others.

I’ve enjoyed serving on Carleton’s IRB. As a member of the board and then, over the past nine months, the chair of the board, I’ve found the work thoroughly educational, pleasingly challenging, and, I hope, institutionally valuable. If nothing else, I got to see virtually all of the human-subjects research happening on campus, which has been an amazing boon to my work raising money for research by Carleton faculty.

My service on the IRB actually predates being a grantwriter at the College. Even before my first day on the job, I came down to campus to meet the professor who was then chair of the IRB and participate in a seminar led by a visiting expert on human-subjects research.

When I formally started my job a few weeks later, I joined the IRB, learned the review process, and started reviewing cases. Over the nearly ten years I was on the Board, I saw its caseload increase from about 70 a year (an average of 1.3 cases a week) to – just this last year – more than 130 (2.5 cases a week). As a member of the committee, I helped to reconfigure the IRB’s membership, to update our application and review systems, to do “outreach” with students, and to stay current on the sloooowly changing federal regulations concerning human subjects. I also reviewed a crapload of cases – about 200 of them over those ten years, just under 20% of all the cases that came through.

It’ll be nice to have a break!

Categories: Citizens

Northfield council investigation 'did not substantiate a violation'

Northfield News - 5 hours 9 min ago
An investigation into a sitting Northfield city councilor did not substantiate a violation of the city policy, according to a release issued Wednesday afternoon.
Categories: Local News

What a great donation!

The Trystar company in Faribault generously donated this custom book drop for our temporary location at City Hall!  It will be installed on the Washington Street side.

This custom box with easy transferring of returned library materials will withstand the heat of summer as well as
snow and cold of winter!  Please send them a thank you via this contact.
Categories: Organizations

7-2 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - 7 hours 51 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

Today’s news update – Solar scales back as PUC aims to please all rate payers; Library closing tomorrow for remodeling; NHS continues 40th anniversary celebration with new exhibit

KYMN Radio - 7 hours 55 min ago

Solar scales back as PUC aims to please all rate payers

Northfield City Councilor Erica Zweifel is part of  Northfield Area Community Solar.  She testified before the Public Utilities Commission on Thursday.  She said because her group had delivered written testimony they were given 3 minutes to testify.  She represented  Northfield Area Community Solar.  The PUC limited the size of community solar to 5 MW for those projects in cue and future projects to 1 MW.  The developer for Northfield Area Community Solar is Minnesota Solar who worked on settlement with xcel prior to the hearing.  Zweifel’s group is connected with the installation of 1 MW solar panels at Eastgate Farms.  She said, in the Northfield area, there are many solar projects with different groups including one in Randolph for just over 10 MW.  Zweifel said “that’s the sweet spot” for economy of scale.  It’s cheaper for the developer to go with 10 MW or higher.  Zweifel said the PUC were “very clear on why those chose 5 MW… to protect all the rate payers”.  Zweifel added that, in the Northfield area, the developers were careful to place gardens strategically on the grid to utilize existing connections.  Elsewhere in the State, developers were just plopping them anywhere there was open land. Geronimo Energy’s project on St. Olaf land was for 15 MW.  St. Olaf’s Pete Sandberg said this week they’re considering how they will move forward.  One tenant can have up to 40% of the energy, which is what St. Olaf intends.  The change from 15 to 5 will significantly reduce their share of energy.  The law also says there must be at least 5 subscribers per garden.  The Northfield Council is scheduled to hear a 2nd reading regarding an LDC change for the project on July 7th.

Library closing tomorrow for remodeling

The Northfield Library is closing tomorrow at 8pm and will remain closed as the building finally gets it’s remodel!  They’ll open at their temporary location at City Hall on July 13th. The mini library will have limited items but Library Director Theresa Jensen said the inter-library loan program, which allows people to check out books from 60-plus libraries, will remain available at the interim site. Which will be in the second floor training room of city hall.  For information on the changing hours and more go to northfieldpubliclibrary.blogspot.com. The newly renovated library is scheduled to open in early 2016.

NHS continues 40th anniversary celebration with new exhibit

The Northfield Historical Society opened it’s 2nd “40 for 40” Exhibit last night, a series to celebrate the Society’s 40th anniversary.  The eclectic items all have their own story.  Exhibit curator Cathy Osterman said that they’re a great representation of the community.  From dolls collected by Eva Lou Scott to a skeleton once thought to be that of Charlie Pitts to a book of signatures of those who visited the 1st public restroom in Northfield, it’s a walk through several avenues of history.  For the 3rd exhibit in the “40 for 40” series, NHS is looking to the public for input.  You have an opportunity to vote on 5 items to include.  Go to northfieldhistory.org where you’ll find 2 items to choose from every 10 days or so.  The items with the most votes will go in the exhibit.  You can vote once a day.

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Community News: Corn Views by Bruce Peterson 7/1/15

KYMN Radio - 10 hours 31 min ago

Corn Views: Water quality discussion shouldn’t require a scoreboard

 Written by Bruce Peterson
Minnesota Corn Growers Association President

 Unfortunately, many of us have a tendency to treat our political process like a sporting event. Who won? Who lost? Who will come out on top when one side of an issue faces off against the other?

Instead of coming together to try and find practical solutions and develop meaningful policy, too much time is spent on political games and trying to figure out “winners” and “losers.”

Farmers found themselves the middle of one of these showdowns during the last legislative session when Gov. Dayton called for 50-foot buffers around all Minnesota waterways. Immediately, the political rhetoric kicked in and the media covered the buffer issue like game 7 of the World Series.

Gov. Dayton vs. Minnesota farmers: Who will prevail?

Believe me, the last thing farmers wanted was to play that game. We had fields to plant and livestock to take care of. We function much better in a corn field than we do in the field of politics.

It took a while, but the rhetoric surrounding the buffer issue eventually subsided enough where a meaningful dialogue could take place. I, along with several other farmer-led ag organizations, had several meetings with Gov. Dayton, his staff and other legislators about buffers.

We were able to reach a compromise on buffer legislation that, basically, calls for the continued local enforcement of existing buffer laws. The compromise also put a timetable on compliance and called for the development of maps to better determine which public ditches and waterways would benefit from buffers.

We wanted to reach a compromise that didn’t require a one-size-fits-all mandate and allowed farmers to continue making progress in the area of water quality by implementing conservation practices that are appropriate for their farm. I feel we achieved that.

However, immediately after the session ended, everyone was asking, who won? Instead, I wish people would ask, what’s next?

Everyone wants to protect water quality. Meaningful progress isn’t going to happen by pitting one group of Minnesotans against another.

Farmers need to continue making investments in research and on-farm initiatives that help them keep soil and other valuable nutrients on their fields and out of our waterways. We also need to ramp up our efforts in telling our own story and letting non-farmers know about the many things we’re already doing in the area of water quality.

Policymakers, the media, farmers and non-farmers – everyone involved in this conversation — needs to realize that divisive rhetoric and creating an “us vs. them” atmosphere isn’t the answer to water quality progress. We all lose when that happens.

I understand that policy issues, whether they involve agriculture or not, get contentious. I know we all won’t get along all of the time.

But I think we can do better than what we saw during the buffer debate. Protecting water quality while maintaining a productive environment for farming isn’t a game. As we move forward, let’s do a better job at seeking solutions instead of seeking “victory.”

Buffer and legislative update
If you’re a farmer and would like more details on the recently-passed buffer legislation and other important ag-related legislative items, you’re invited to attend one of six “What you need to Know” district meetings hosted by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

The meetings are set for Red Lake Falls (July 8), Fergus Falls (July 9), Sauk Centre (July 9), Fairmont (July 22), Redwood Falls (July 22) and Austin (July 23).

Time and location details, along with other information, is available at www.mncorn.org.

Bruce Peterson is a family farmer in Northfield and President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

Adam Czech

Public Relations Manager

Office: (952) 460-3610

Cell: (320) 309-1160

Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council

www.mncorn.org

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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.02.2015

Northfield Rotary Club - 10 hours 37 min ago

Today: Rachel Estrella, Classification, and Changing of the Guard (Halverson)

Birthdays: Scott Richardson (7/1), USA (July 4) and Dayna Norvold (7/5)

Next Week: State Senator Kevin Dahl (Anderson)

Last Week:

St. Olaf College student Leonard Francis Vibbi was born and raised during the Sierra Leone Civil War. He grew up surrounded by violence and fled with his single-parent family from town-to-town to escape it. By the time the war ended in 2002, after a decade of death and destruction, more than 50,000 lives were lost and 2.5 million people were displaced from their homes.

Sierra Leone Rebels forcefully recruited many children to fight in the war.

The legacy of that war was violence, Leonard noted.  It became part of everyday life in Sierra Leone. College campuses there continue to experience periods of violence as even minor disagreements can lead to physical conflicts.

Leonard believes he has an obligation to help spread the message of nonviolence in his country and has dedicated himself to that mission. He has started a GoFundMe campaign to purchase equipment to create an FM radio station, Students for Nonviolence FM (S4N-FM), which will broadcast across college campuses in Sierra Leone. FM radio is one of the most popular means of mass communication in Sierra Leone, and Leonard wants to use creativity, innovative programming, and music to help advocate for nonviolence and non-violent approaches to conflict resolution.

Leonard still needs to raise about $41,000 to cover start-up costs for the station. He has received some financial support from the Northfield community and local churches and invites anyone with interest to join him by making a gift.

His GoFundMe page can found at http://www.gofundme.com/students4nonviolen

Leonard has been long been committed to serving his native country. In the past, he has worked with several charitable groups that deliver aid to Sierra Leone, including the Save the Future Generation organization that provides help to disabled children.

Mini-Classification: Chris Weber grew up in Evanston, Ill., and attended St. Olaf College, where he met his wife of 23 years, Deanne.  Together they have a daughter Anna, 14, who loves music and recently performed with the Northfield Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall.  She also plays in the band and is on the tennis team. Son Thomas is 10 and enjoys all kinds of sports, especially basketball, tennis and golf.  He also plays the cello and alto sax.  An investment executive at Cetera Investment Services, Chris is active at St. John’s Lutheran Church and also enjoys mowing, golfing and running in his spare time, as well as cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs, and occasionally, the Twins.

New Member Induction:  Kathy Jasnoch (Kaczmarek)

Guests:  Claire Spencer (Zweifel) and Leah Rich (M. Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement:  John Sinning

Announcements:

Russ Halvorson reported that the car raffle is now open to sponsorships. Cost for a sponsorship is $250 and for that you get your name on that Ford Focus to be raffled off. If you’re interested in a sponsorship, please see Russ.

Matthew Rich is looking for a few more volunteers to help with the ethics workshop project. Contact him if you are interested.

The Rotary Summer Social will be Thursday, July 23, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. There will be a happy hour at 5:30 p.m., catered meal at 6:30 p.m. followed by a club meeting. We will celebrate Matthew’s year of masterful executive leadership and welcome Russ Halverson in as our next fearless leader.

The Bike Tour Committee is inviting businesses and individuals to sponsor the 2015 Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. If you are interested, contact Dale Ness.

Outbound Students 2015-16

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez,Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, AhnaCole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Coming Up

July 16 — Nick Stoneman, President Shattuck St. Mary’s School (Cogan)
July 23 — Summer Social, 5:30 p.m., Estenson Event Center and Chris Kennelly Classification (Reese)
July 30Lori Pulkrabek, GSE Team 2014

Categories: Organizations

Three Musketeers? Three Stooges?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:58pm

Oh… My… DOG!  Imagine Julie Jorgensen, Dennis Egan, and Mark Andrew, all for one, and one for all!  Where does the public fit in?

I love solar, but with these three, their track records, lobbying shenanigans, and their public project and public money magnetism, I’m going to take a very careful and skeptical look.

More solar could be coming By Danielle Killey on Jun 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Red Wing could soon have many options for locals interested in solar power.

GreenMark Solar, a Minnesota-based solar energy company, announced Friday it has acquired land in Red Wing for solar garden projects.

The company, which is leasing property from area farmers, will work to have permits completed by the end of the year and plans to start construction next spring, said Dennis Egan, who has been assisting GreenMark.

“We’re looking at the configuration, but it potentially could be three separate sites,” Egan said, producing up to 15 megawatts of solar electricity combined.

Community solar gardens let local residents, businesses and other organizations purchase subscriptions. GreenMark’s projects would offer subscriptions to Xcel Energy customers.

“I am so pleased and proud to be working with GreenMark Solar to offer area businesses, institutions and residents the opportunity to purchase solar electricity at a discount without having to purchase solar panels to install on their own property,” Egan said.

GreenMark currently has a solar project under construction on top of parking ramps at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

“As a state pioneer in creating substantial solar expansion, GreenMark is enthused to be offering subscriptions to our solar gardens in Goodhue County and other counties surrounding Goodhue,” said Julie Jorgensen, GreenMark Solar CEO.

The announcement comes on the heels of another potential solar garden project; earlier this month, Red Wing City Council members directed staff to work with Minnesota Community Solar on a lease for a 1-megawatt garden on city-owned property at Highways 19 and 61.

Julie Jorgensen (Julie Jorgensen’s outdated CV) was a Chief co-conspirator in the Excelsior Energy Mesaba Project, thankfully now virtually defunct (discounting its zombie qualities.  For more information go to www.legalectric.org and search “Excelsior Energy” or “Mesaba Project” or “Julie Jorgensen” or “Tom Micheletti” or “boondoggle” or “coal gasification” or “carbon capture” or “sequestration” or “IRRRB” or just “IRR” or “Iron Range Resources” or “Renewable Development Fund” and of course go to the Citizens Against the Mesaba Project www.camp-site.info and settle in for a good read.  And from a little over a year ago — zillow.com says it sold, but who knows the real story:

Tom & Julie’s house is for sale  February 2nd, 2014

And this on the money they sucked out of the IRRB… how much has been written off?  And then there’s the state’s “Renewable Development Fund”   Again! Legislative Auditor on IRRRB! April 19th, 2015

And Dennis Egan, he’s front man on solar projects HERE?  In Red Wing???  Well, for sure he’s no longer ED of Minnesota Industrial Sand Council (that’s a google cache, I got a 404, “the site is crashed and should be repaired.”  It might be different by the time you see this, I’ll check tomorrow).

April Fool on April Fools Day!   April 1st, 2013

Mayor Egan Resigns    March 7th, 2013

Where’s the Mayor’s resignation letter?   March 4th, 2013

7p TONIGHT – Red Wing City Council Meeting  February 25th, 2013

Mayor Egan to resign? Sand mining bill introduced!  February 23rd, 2013

Last Mayor Egan post before Council meeting  February 11th, 2013

KARE 11 turns up the heat on RW Mayor Egan  February 7th, 2013

Red Wing Mayor Egan exposed  February 6th, 2013

Mayor Egan – the voice of frac sand mining!  February 5th, 2013

And then there’s garbologist Mark Andrew, champion of the HERC garbage burner in downtown Minneapolis.

Here’s some info about his garbage burner:

The “Burner County” resource page–resources to better understand why Hennepin County owns, and Covanta operates, the “HERC” garbage incinerator in Downtown Minneapolis, MN

At a Mayoral debate, he did an inventive Al Gore:

That didn’t phase Andrew, who reiterated his intention to install solar panels on city, park and school buildings to “set an example” for Minneapolis businesses and residents. Describing his green accomplishments on the county board, he said was the “creator” of the Midtown Greenway transit corridor, a version of history that glosses over the contributions of citizen advocates, and that he “created” the city’s recycling program.

And Mpls. garbage divides mayoral hopefuls – MPR News.  Needless to say he didn’t get the job.

And now, these three are selling solar in the Red Wing area.  What are they cooking up?  Read the fine print very carefully, and keep all the public money tied down.

 

Categories: Citizens

Historical Society's '40 for 40' exhibit opens

Northfield News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 8:45pm
On Tuesday evening, the Northfield Historical Society’s unveiled its latest exhibit in the “40 for 40” series.
Categories: Local News

What’s Doing the Blooming?

Nicky Phlox and David Phlox

This has to be the best part of summer with all of the summer perennials in bloom.  I took my camera out to see what would be a good pick for the blog this week – and quickly determined that I would have to combine things this week!

The Garden Phlox –  just one word – beautiful.  By combining different varieties – you can extend the bloom period.  Some start to bloom in late June / early July and others later on.  Most varieties of Garden Phlox will grow 2′-3′ and are a good choice for the back of the perennial garden but you need to be sure to allow for proper air circulation.

Monarda – one of the old standard b________ garden plants – cottage

Monarda

garden plants – or just a stand alone plant.  Tough – easy to grow – probably a must have for the perennial garden.  Also known as Bee Balm it is s irresistible to b_________s, bees and hummingbirds. Uniquely shaped flowers on stems in scarlet red, pink and purple colors.   The foliage of the Bee Balm – Monarda – when crushed  – or brushed up against – or after a heavy rain – is exceptionally fragrant – even spicy.

 

Zagreb Coreopsis

Coreopsis.  How can you not just smile when you see the yellow flowers of the coreopsis?i  Also known as Tckseed, it  is wonderful n the border. Reliable, long blooming daisy-like flowers that bloom from early summer into fall. Coreopsis want  some sun and you can enjoy the show. Coreopsis naturalize and will attract lots of b_________s and birds to your garden. Bright and cheery, you can bring them inside as cut flowers.

Lilies.  Daylilies and Asiatic Lilies.  We visited a friend last night and her lilies were astounding.  A few varieties of daylilies – but her Asiatic lilies were just stunning.

Look around and you will see dayliles abound.  This is a testament as to how hardy they are.  They can hold up to really tough growing conditions and persevere tough winters.  Preferring full sun – they can handle some shade.    Check your varieties – you will find many being “re-bloomers” which means you can really extend the bloom period.

Daylilunning. Tiny Dragon Asiatic Lily

Just a comment now that you have read the blog- no, I didn’t forget to fill in the blanks – it’s just that we can’t fill in the blanks.  The current “law” from the Minnesota Dept of Ag states that if we sell plants (which of course we do) – we cannot recommend the plants that butterflies like to frequent.  Therefore, we have a couple of handouts from the University of Minnesota Extension Service and one I found from the Farmer’s Almanac which list all kinds of butterfly garden plants.  These you will find in our “Butterflies & Hummingbird” information box.

Now is the time to visit our garden center – get a first hand view of the many perennials that will brighten up you perennial garden in mid-summer!

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Categories: Businesses

Knights Receive 48 Academic All-Conference Honors

Carleton Sports - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:22pm

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Winter/Spring 2014-15 Academic All-Conference honorees today, with Carleton student-athletes earning distinction 48 times.

Categories: Colleges

Internship in Japan helps student design her future

St. Olaf College - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:11pm

Lexi Swenson ’16 is combining her academic and professional interests with an internship in Japan this summer.

What happens when your academic interests come to life in a professional setting?

St. Olaf College student Lexi Swenson ’16 is finding out during a two-month internship in Tokyo this summer.

There, she is combining her love of Japanese culture and graphic design while working at Northshore Inc., a creative technologies company.

“The whole place is a creative center where people are sharing ideas with one another,” says Swenson, who is working on a wide range of projects while honing her graphic design, photography, and marketing skills.

Her internship is supported through the Johnson Family Opportunity Fund at St. Olaf, which awards need-based grants that enable students to take part in high-impact learning experiences and pursue their post-graduation goals.

“One of the most valuable things I have learned from this internship is how marketing in Japan is also looking at how to market to the U.S. and European markets,” Swenson says. “It is interesting to see Japan playing on an international field.”

St. Olaf College student Lexi Swenson’s workstation at Northshore Inc.

Swenson came to St. Olaf interested in both graphic design and Asian studies.

She studied Japanese and participated in the Asian Conversations Program, a learning community that introduces students to some of the key texts of Asia as well as key historical, cultural, political, and linguistic constructs through an integrated sequence of three courses. During Interim, students in the program travel to Japan and China to learn about the culture and practice the language firsthand.

She also turned to a variety of organizations on campus to build her portfolio and experience with design. Swenson has served as the marketing and communications officer for the Student Government Association’s Music Entertainment Commitee, art director of KSTO Radio, and has done freelance design and marketing work for campus bands and other organizations.

“These organizations really made me learn how to teach myself skills I was interested in,” Swenson says. “From photography to graphic design, I learned a lot while on the job.”

With all of those experiences, Swenson set out to find an internship that would combine her interests. One of her mentors from Concordia’s Japanese Language Village was doing graphic design work in Tokyo.

The Northshore Inc. office in Tokyo.

“This was exactly what I wanted to do, so I contacted her and she helped me create a small profile that I sent to Northshore Inc.,” Swenson says. “They don’t really have an internship program, but they were really excited about the idea and took me on.”

So far she’s enjoying her time in Tokyo, and is working toward her goal of becoming fluent in Japanese.

“I know that isn’t entirely possible to achieve this summer, but I do want to move beyond thinking about a grammar point,” Swenson says. “I want to be able to jump into conversations.”

This is her first time traveling by herself, and Swenson also hopes to learn how to navigate new terrain on her own.

“I want to experience the culture beyond being a tourist,” she says.

Swenson hopes to eventually return to Tokyo after graduation to continue a career in graphic design.

Categories: Colleges

Domestic violence counts: National, statewide survey shows unmet needs

Northfield News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:00pm
What happens in a domestic violence shelter during a 24-hour period of time?
Categories: Local News

Northfield Community Services class offers science in a sweet way

Northfield News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:41pm
Not only is candy fun to eat, but it also can be used to help kids learn.
Categories: Local News

Today’s news update – Circus denied permit; Dundas to change alcohol ordinances; Youth Engagement and NAFRS Facility are 2 new videos

KYMN Radio - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:02pm

Circus denied permit

The Circus will not be coming to town.  At least not to Northfield.  Carson and Barnes requested a permit from the City of Northfield to perform at the Rodeo grounds at the end of July.  With allegations of mistreatment of animals, I called Circus Manager Kristin Byrd Parra.  She is 3rd generation owner of the circus.  I asked her about a complaint filed in May by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.  She disputed the allegations and said she’s not at liberty to speak about it as it’s an ongoing case and her lawyers instructed her not to comment further.  Carson and Barnes has been cited with more than 100 violations of the Animal Welfare Act. After several animal deaths, the circus was issued official warnings for failing to provide animals with adequate veterinary care.  She said those issues have been corrected and “over 79 years we’ve had what maybe a hundred things that they found wrong from [pause] you know [pause] from [pause] covering everything”.  Other violations included endangering the public and elephants by failing to handle the animals safely, denying elephants adequate shelter and failing to keep facilities in good repair.  I asked about the recent death of an elephant. Parra commented [listen to the podcast for her full quote].  “We’ve been monitoring her, she’s been losing weight…. with our veterinarian we put her to sleep”.  An inspection report produced from the USDA states that proper veterinarian records could not be produced on several animals including the elephant that was euthanized.  Click inspection to read the inspection report.   Carson and Barnes Circus was here 2 years ago but at that time, the permitting process only involved the street department giving permission to reserve the rodeo grounds.  The events policy has since been revised and has a clause regarding humane treatment of animals and safety of them and the public.  Administrator Haggenmiller said the City denied the request based on their Community Events Policy.  Additionally, Carson and Barnes did not have enough per occurrence insurance to meet the stated Risk Category for their event.  They were given the option to appeal the decision to the City Council.

Dundas to change alcohol ordinances

The Dundas City Council met last night.  They have completed the zoning ordinance regarding the annexation agreement with Bridgewater Township and City Administrator John McCarthy said they are working on sharing administrative costs which are less than they anticipated.  Council voted to change their ordinance regarding alcohol to align with the State’s new changes that allow service at 8am as well as changes regarding taprooms.  They also discussed information regarding NAFRS JPB and their growing pains as they work to become a cohesive joint powers board.

Youth Engagement and NAFRS Facility are 2 new videos

There are 2 more “Minute with the Mayor” videos on the City’s website.  Graham talks about youth engagement and a new collaboration with HCI who’s been offered $95,000 grant money from Youth Prize foundation.  They are asking the City for $50,000 and HCI plans on fundraising.  Visit the City’s website for all the information.  Graham also addresses the fire facility saying that some members of the NAFRS joint powers board want to fast track a remodel of the facility.  We have a link to both videos from kymnradio.net.

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6-30-15 news

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Supremes on Michigan v. EPA

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:36am

Here it is, Michigan v. EPA:

Michigan v. EPA   U.S. Supreme Court File No. 14-46

Given this decision, it’s going to be hard for any agency to argue that it shouldn’t do a solid cost benefit analysis, and one that includes verification and analysis of benefits!  That’s a good thing given the outrageous benefits claims I’ve seen in transmission proceedings.  Check this part of the Order early on (I’m just going over it now):

In accordance with Executive Order, the Agency issued a “Regulatory Impact Analysis” alongside its regulation.This analysis estimated that the regulation would force power plants to bear costs of $9.6 billion per year. Id., at 9306. The Agency could not fully quantify the benefits of reducing power plants’ emissions of hazardous air pollutants; to the extent it could, it estimated that these benefits were worth $4 to $6 million per year. Ibid. The costs to power plants were thus between 1,600 and 2,400 times as great as the quantifiable benefits from reduced emissions of hazardous air pollutants. The Agency continued that its regulations would have ancillary benefits—including cutting power plants’ emissions of particulate matter and sulfur dioxide, substances that are not covered by the hazardous-air-pollutants program. Although the Agency’s appropriate-and-necessary finding did not rest on these ancillary effects, id., at 9320, the regulatory impact analysis took them into account, increasing the Agency’s estimate of the quantifiable benefits of its regulation to $37 to $90 billion per year, id., at 9306. EPA concedes that the regulatory impact analysis “played no role” in its appropriate-and-necessary finding. Brief for Federal Respondents 14.

Michigan v. EPA, p. 4.  The regulatory impact analysis included the information, it was in the record, but EPA says that it “played no role” in that decision.  So can’t they just reissue it, state they took that into account and used it as a basis for its decision and everyone can go home?  AAAARGH!

And here’s a highlight where I actually agree (!) with a sentence in Thomas’ Concurrence:

Statutory ambiguity thus becomes an implicit delegation of rule-making authority, and that authority is used not to find the best meaning of the text, but to formulate legally binding rules to fill in gaps based on policy judgments made by the agency rather than Congress.

Dissents, p. 3 (pdf p. 20 of 47).

 

Categories: Citizens

7-1 Rice County public safety report

Northfield News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:32am
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

Closing time: Northfield Library to close its doors Thursday; city hall site opens July 13

Northfield News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:25am
After Thursday, the Northfield Public Library’s doors will be closed to the public until its renovations are complete next spring.
Categories: Local News

Rice County receives funding to continue investing in child protection staff, programs

Northfield News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 9:43am
Rice County will receive more than $200,000 from the state to continue expanding its focus on child protection.
Categories: Local News

Community News: 2 new Minute with the Mayor videos 6/30/15

KYMN Radio - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 8:30am

There are 2 more “Minute with the Mayor” videos.  In the first one, Mayor Graham discusses the City’s Youth Engagement and collaboration with HCI.  They’ve been awarded a $95,000 grant.

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/MediaCenter.aspx?VID=Minute-with-the-MayorYouth-Engagement-62-73#player

And he discusses Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Services – NAFRS joint power facility.

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/MediaCenter.aspx?VID=Minute-with-the-MayorNAFRSJune-29-2015-75#player

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