A Park For All Seasons

Friends of Way Park - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 8:44pm
Way Park is the heart of a vibrant neighborhood on the west side of Northfield. It features:  the ROMP musical playground  playground equipment and swings pre-school equipment  a half basketball court  picnic and grilling areas  a walking path  a warming hut and ice rink (seasonal)  a small baseball/kickball diamond (seasonal)  a large open field perfect for pick up soccer games, kite flying, Michelle
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St. Olaf celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Unity March

St. Olaf College - 4 hours 59 min ago
To honor and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, St. Olaf hosted a daylong series of events that began with a Unity March across campus.
Categories: Colleges

CenturyLink fault causes 9 counties to lose 911 services

Northfield News - 6 hours 59 min ago
Cellphones throughout southern Minnesota were sent an emergency alert late Sunday night. While these alerts in the past have been used to notify the community of missing children and escaped inmates, this weekend it was used to warn residents who…
Categories: Local News

Later school start time off the table for 2020-21

Northfield News - 8 hours 29 min ago
Northfield middle and high schoolers who though they might be able to sleep later next school year: forget about it.
Categories: Local News

Dinner and dessert, silent auctions make fundraiser the hottest ticket in town

Northfield News - 8 hours 59 min ago
Ruth’s House of Hope holds its biggest and most beloved fundraiser in a matter of weeks. But you’ll need to act fast if you want to get a ticket.
Categories: Local News

Sales tax/street projects and roundabout on Nfld Council agenda; Rice-Steele 911 Center was down for several hours; Nfld Shares receives national accreditation; City of Nfld seeks election judges

KYMN Radio - 11 hours 26 min ago

By Teri Knight, News Director The Northfield Council meets tomorrow night with some important items on the agenda including a vote on asking the legislature to place a local sales tax option on the November ballot and considering plans and specs for the 2020 street project with bid opening proposed for February 20th. There have

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Beyond Broadway by Stacy Wolf

KYMN Radio - 12 hours 9 min ago

The idea of American musical theatre conjures up images of bright lights and big city, but its lifeblood is found in local and amateur productions at schools, community theatres, summer camps, and more. In “Beyond Broadway”, author Stacy Wolf considers the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in U.S. culture, and examines it as

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Critical type O blood shortage: Red Cross urgently needs donors

KYMN Radio - 12 hours 48 min ago

Donors of all blood types are urged to give now and help restock blood supply ST. PAUL, Minn. (Jan. 20, 2020) — The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening

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Rice-Steele 911 is operational

KYMN Radio - 14 hours 57 min ago

Just before 10 o’clock last night, the community was alerted that 911 for Rice-Steele Call center was out. A second notice, at 2:40 this morning, was NOT received by everyone. Bottom line – 911 is now operational.

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Carbon capture & storage and seismic activity

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 10:44pm

There’s mention of “carbon capture and storage,” a/k/a/ CCS, in a DRAFT bill, SC5558-6, being considered by Minnesota’s Senate Energy Committee:

sc5558-6_Rochester_Energy CommitteeDownload

The part about CCS is this:

What’s the problem? Get out your waders…

This DRAFT bill reads as if “carbon capture and storage” is real. It reads as if “carbon capture and storage” can capture at least 80 percent of carbon dioxide generated. It reads as if carbon captured can be stored by injection. It reads as if “transferring” for use (EOR?) is a good thing.

Why are we going through this again? Well, for example, in the most recent IRS 990 posted for Great Plains Institute, they got $937,931 for “Carbon Management.”

Money talks. And they are pushing it as if — what a crock — look at this “report” and check p. 3 of 4, and decipher what it means — it’s just a map that shows ethanol plants, coal plants, EOR (note North Dakota has no little green triangles!) and saline formations (interesting that our salty aquifer way way down underneath Minnesota isn’t shown):

The Importance of Carbon Capture to Decarbonizing the Electricity Sector

They post this chart as if CCS plays a significant role, but look at the small little slivers of CCS shown:

  1. Carbon capture is not real and cannot readily capture 80%.
  2. To be stored, carbon must be transported to storage, and where might that be and how will that storage be monitored?
  3. Use of carbon for fracking has potential for and causes earthquakes, seismic activity, and associated disasters.

Years ago, July 2005, to be exact, National Geographic had a great article about impacts of gas drilling on water in Wyoming, “All Fired Up,” a/k/a/ “Tapping the Rockies,” with stunning photography by Joel Sartore:

A school bus-sized flare signals the completion phase of a coal bed methane well near Pinedale, Wyoming.

It’s gone now… links dead… I have the hard copy, but…

Anyway, Wyoming is an example of the disasters of fracking, North Dakota another, and around Youngstown, OH, where they were injecting fracking waste, yet another:

Fracking Led to Ohio Earthquakes

Oklahoma Toughens Oil Fracking Rules After Shale Earthquakes

There’s a great piece on The Narwhal the other day about fracking and injecting gas into the earth and the instability of an existing dam and the “Site C” dam now under construction:

Peace Canyon dam at risk of failure from fracking-induced earthquakes, documents reveal

Let’s trot this one out again:

Pipedreams of Green and Clean

But there is a silver lining to this:

Trump Dumps ‘Clean Coal’ Research Despite Lauding Its Potential Budget Guts U.S. Carbon Capture, Storage Research

Then this:

Coal industry begs Congress to save carbon capture from Trump

And so then this:

White House will promote carbon capture technology in climate change fight EPA finalizes Trump administration’s coal-friendly climate plan

Once again, IGCC toady org Clean Air Task Force is out there in front:

Everyone Wants Carbon Capture And Sequestration — Now How To Make It A Reality?

And from that article, DOH, what we’re seeing here with Xcel, wanting to keep burning but sell their surplus on the market:

Four utilities—DTE Energy, Duke, Southern Company, and Xcel Energy—that collectively emit about a quarter of a gigaton of carbon emissions a year pledged to go “carbon-neutral” by 2050.

None, however, has pledged to stop burning fossil fuels.

This is the CCS market’s holy grail.

From the “have we learned nothing,” gleaned in all those years working on Excelsior Energy Mesaba Project, the zombie boondoggle from hell, here are a few Legalectric posts:

More on Carbon Capture Pipedream June 28th, 2010 DOE announces Capture & Release program May 7th, 2008 Walton’s Bill Grant and “low carbon coal” May 14th, 2007 Carbon sequestration still ain’t ahappenin’… February 9th, 2007 Suddenly, a Plan for Carbon Capture and Sequestration October 19th, 2006

It’s not rocket science… “carbon capture and storage” is not real.

Categories: Citizens

Evento Martin Luther King Jr. y visita del abogado Antonio Tejeda

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 10:07pm

El lunes 20 de enero se celebra el aniversario de ese gran luchador por los derechos, el Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Y tuvimos de nuevo la grata visita del abogado Antonio Tejeda Guzmán que nos trajo importantes datos de la relación entre abogado/a y cliente.      

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Fine Tune #451 more friends 19 Feb 2020

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 7:15pm

Another ‘friend’ly music edition of Fine Tune – all are selections from the v-a-s-t KYMN music library…: Fine Tune 01-19-20 #451 Old Friend / Sea Wolf Easy Lovers, Hardly Friends / Jeremy Messersmith We’re Going to Be Friends / The White Stripes Rainy Weather Friend / David Mead Young Friend / Brooke Waggoner Fine Friend /

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Impeachment Trial Briefs of House & tRump

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sun, 01/19/2020 - 10:12am

UPDATE! House Trial Brief and tRump Answer.

Read the House brief, even just flip through the pages, to get a sense of the specifics, and there are specifics here, citations, evidence, etc., it’s intense and thorough.


Then read the tRump team Answer:

Answer of Donald J TrumpDownload

Not a single citation to law or evidence in the record. But statements like this:

Senator Ron Johnson reported that, when he asked the President whether there was any connection between security assistance and investigations, the President responded: “No way. I would never do that.”

And just before that, the famous lines:

“I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.”

That “Answer” wouldn’t get a passing grade in Jr. High Civics, much less any law school.

Categories: Citizens

Northfield Women’s March 2020

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/18/2020 - 1:06pm

An estimated 65 people braved blustering winds to march for Women from Ames Park to Hwy 3 and back to Bridge Square in Northfield this morning. The march was put together by a half dozen women in about 2 weeks. Listen to the interview with Sarah Missler and Claudia Gonzalez George under the Morning Show

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Raider Wrap 1-18-20

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/18/2020 - 11:10am

Joining Jimmy LeRue today is Head Coach Gary Greenlund of the Northfield Bowling Team, followed by Boys Hockey Team Captains Josh Kruger and Carson Van Zuilen to discuss the vibe of this years team.  Aj Reisetter will get us caught up on all the Raiders scores this week and go behind the scenes with Aiden

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Northfield Shares, Our Community Foundation Receives National Recognition

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 2:52pm

Local Organization Accredited with Rigorous Philanthropic Standards Northfield, MN— Northfield Shares recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. “Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Randy Royster, board member of the Council

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A Crackerjack Playlist

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 2:48pm
People who attended my reading at Little Joy Coffee last night got a bonus slice of entertainment, although some may not have noticed; it was subtle. The music that played over the coffee shop's speakers as patrons ordered drinks and nibbled on cheese, crackers and (G.) olives was inspired by my book, Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters: The Story of a Minnesota Music Man.

Author Joy at Little Joy/photo by Heather LawrenzAuthor Joy with Giant G/photo by Steve LawlerThe book explores the life and career of my paternal great-grandfather, G. Oliver Riggs. If you're not familiar with its structure, I'll explain. It's a book of memoir and biography, told in alternating chapters. The titles of the even-numbered, biography chapters are taken from popular songs of the day, from the time period the chapter covers. For example, Chapter 26 is titled The Night We Called it a Day, which is the name of a song published in 1941; events in that chapter take place between January 1941 and January 1946.

In an early version of the book, I included song lyrics at the start of each biography chapter, but I ditched that idea that when I realized it could cause copyright problems — and also because I was seeking to reduce the manuscript's total word count.

(The titles of the odd-numbered chapters don't have anything to do with songs, except for Chapter 21: Building My Wings. That title was inspired by a part of the chapter that eventually got cut, where I talk about a song St. Paul composer Elizabeth Alexander wrote for the Northfield Youth Choirs, Jump! The song incorporates text from a Ray Bradbury poem: "Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down." Although that part wasn't included in the final version of the book, I felt the title was still appropriate for what happens in that chapter.)

Steve, Elias and me (and my delicious crackerjack steamer); photo by Heather LawrenzIn case you couldn't attend last night's reading, or if you did and want to hear the songs again, here's the list I gave to Little Joy event planner extraordinaire Carrissa Glarner:

You Won't Do Any Business If You Haven't Got a Band, George M. Cohan (Chapter 6)

I'm Sitting Pretty in a Pretty Little City, the Georgians (Chapter 12)

I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle, Bessie Smith (Chapter 14)

Back in Your Own Backyard, Billie Holliday (Chapter 16)

On the Sunny Side of the Street, Louis Armstrong (Chapter 18)

Rhythm is Our Business, Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra (Chapter 20)

Let's Face the Music and Dance, Nat King Cole (Chapter 22)

Do I Worry? The Ink Spots (Chapter 24)

The Night We Called it a Day, Diana Krall (Chapter 26); there's also a nice Frank Sinatra version

Astute readers will notice that not all of the biography chapters are represented in this list. That's because I couldn't find good links for the songs that are connected to Chapters 2, 4, 8 and 10. In their place I have listed four other songs mentioned in the book. It seems appropriate to conclude with some John Philip Sousa marches!

• Herbert L. Clarke's Bride of the Waves

• Sousa's The Charlatan

• Sousa's The Washington Post

• Sousa's El Capitan
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Cannon River canoe/kayak access point coming this summer

Northfield News - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 1:42pm
Canoers and kayakers will soon have a safer place to get their watercraft out of the Cannon River.
Categories: Local News

Northfield declares Snow Emergency

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 1:31pm

The City of Northfield has declared a snow emergency effective 1PM January 17 until 9AM January 19.  During a snow emergency there is no parking on any city street until it is plowed curb-to-curb and the weather system has passed. Vehicles parked on the street will be ticketed with the potential of being towed during

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1/2 cent sales tax and park survey; Nfld School Board chooses Officers; Northfield Women create local Women’s March

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director The Northfield Council has been discussing a ½ cent sales tax to fund parks and recreation. Administrator Martig noted that in 2007, the City funded the park system at a little over $140,000 a year. Of course the recession hit and funding was cut. He said, at this time, the

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