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Supreme Court rejects delay of Minnesota congressional vote

Northfield News - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 6:20pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Minnesota Republican candidate's bid to delay voting in his congressional race to February after the death of a third-party candidate was rejected Tuesday at the Supreme Court.
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Purpose

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 4:09pm

Write not to express or produce or — egads — attract attention but rather because when you do you touch the source. When we do what we’re here to do the act pleases the part of us that is tied to all of us.

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What's on my ballot?

Northfield News - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 3:01pm
This year’s election serves as a major referendum at nearly all levels of government.
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2020 PPSA Annual Hearing

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 12:52pm

It’s that time again, the Power Plant Siting Act Annual Hearing.

Friday, November 20, 2020

10 a.m. start

It’s all online, and the only way to participate is over the phone.

Here’s the notice and directions on how to show up:

PPSA-Notice-202010-167683-01Download

Here are some prior PPSA Annual Hearing reports:

Here are the reports from prior PPSA Annual Hearings:

2000 Summary of Proceedings

2000 Report EQB

2001 Summary of Proceedings

2001 Report EQB

2002 Summary of Proceedings

2002 Report to EQB

2003 Summary of Proceedings

2003 Report to EQB

2004 Summary of Proceedings

2004 Report to EQB

2005 Report to PUC

2006 Report to PUC – Docket 06-1733

2007 Report to PUC – Docket 07-1579

2008 Report to PUC – Docket 08-1426

2009 Report to PUC – Docket 09-1351

2010 Report to PUC – Docket 10-222

2011 Report to PUC – Docket 11-324

2012 Report to PUC – Docket 12-360

2013 Report to PUC – Docket 13-965

2014 Summary Report– Docket 14-887

2015 Summary Report – Docket 15-785

2016 Summary Report – Docket 16-18

2017 Summary Report – Docket 17-18 – Download

2018 Summary Report – Docket 18-18 – Download

2019 Summary Report_Docket 19-18 20202-160679-01Download

Why hold a PPSA Annual Hearing — sometimes I do wonder what the point is, because nothing is ever done about it — but it’s statutory:

216E.07 ANNUAL HEARING.

The commission shall hold an annual public hearing at a time and place prescribed by rule in order to afford interested persons an opportunity to be heard regarding any matters relating to the siting of large electric generating power plants and routing of high-voltage transmission lines. At the meeting, the commission shall advise the public of the permits issued by the commission in the past year. The commission shall provide at least ten days but no more than 45 days’ notice of the annual meeting by mailing or serving electronically, as provided in section 216.17, a notice to those persons who have requested notice and by publication in the EQB Monitor and the commission’s weekly calendar.

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Northfield Rotary Changes Halloween Event Location; Chief Elliott offers guidance to business owners; Carleton cancels winter sports

KYMN Radio - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 12:51pm
By Rich Larson, News Director The location of the Northfield Rotary Halloween Drive Through has been changed, due to the snowy and wet conditions. Originally scheduled to take place at Estenson farm, it will now be held at the Northfield area YMCA on Saturday from 3-6 pm. The free event provides a safe alternative to

VOTE as if…

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 12:34pm

Vote as if your Social Security depends on it… because it DOES!

When I’m 65…

Once more with feeling — tRump intends to permanently defund Social Security, to make permanent the temporary defunding started in August.

From a post back then — you can find tRump’s Memorandum and Guidance for defunding Social Security:

Friday – Defunding Soc Sec – U.S. Treasury Guidance for Payroll Tax Deduction

And my Letter to the Editor, once more with feeling:

When I’m 65…

Yeah, there’s a song, but that was last year. This year, yeah, boomer, I’m 65, and must enroll in Medicare. Nope, not happy about this at all. So much isn’t covered, basic things like glasses, hearing aids, what is covered is only 80% covered, and there’s an annual deductible. Insurance companies flood my mailbox wanting to take my money to cover the gaps. Neither party supports single-payer health care. They’re beholden to the insurance companies.

And approaching 65, consider Social Security. Most of us will need it. Based on the numbers, I’ll hold off collecting for a few years to have a higher payout. But with the defunding of Social Security last week, Social Security will be broke long before I drop dead!

Defunding Social Security? Yes, the “payroll tax cut.” Do you understand what this means? As someone who’s paid in, and as someone with grey hair, I’m horrified!

Cutting the “payroll tax” that funds Social Security means that the money funding Social Security would no longer be paid by employees and employers into the Social Security trust. That “payroll tax cut” means Social Security withholding would end. Social Security will be drained – all outgo and no income.

Enacted at the end of July, it allows, but does not require, employers to not withhold Social Security “payroll tax” from your check. If employers don’t withhold it from your check, they also do not have to pay their half, because withholding triggers employer payments. Again, Social Security would be all outgo and no income. How’ll that work for us? It won’t.

This “payroll tax cut” is in effect through year end. Missed “payroll tax” payments would be made up starting 2021, though how it happens isn’t explained. Many employers aren’t happy about this, because it’s an accounting hassle, and recouping those Social Security payments not made, by whatever scheme, would be a significant expense for employers and employees. A permanent cut has been proposed. Just NO!

Defund Social Security? We’ve paid in all our working lives. I’ve paid in since my Department of Agriculture summer job at 15. How many years have you paid in? Will you need Social Security? I sure will.

Yes, it’s an “entitlement.” We’re entitled to receive the benefits after we’ve paid in for so long. Cut the “payroll tax?” Defund Social Security? NO! You’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands!

Categories: Citizens

Try (But Not Too Hard)

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 11:59am

Effort is important. So is ease. In the sweet spot you know both. (Lifting is like this. Writing is like this. Life is like this.)

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Adaptation of Minnesota author's novel hits local screens

Northfield News - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 10:45am
Director Steven Lewis Simpson said he hopes his film "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" will get people to listen with their hearts.
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From the vault: Jolly Goblin!

The Children's House - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 10:03am

 



I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

—Henry David Thoreau


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St. Olaf awarded $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative

St. Olaf College - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 9:47am
A new grant will help St. Olaf establish its “Nourishing Vocation: Re-Imagining Congregational Callings in Unimaginable Times” program on campus.
Categories: Colleges

Jenelle Teppen on October 26 Dundas City Council Meeting

KYMN Radio - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 9:41am
Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen reviews the October 26 City Council meeting, including how the remaining CARES Act funds should be spent.  

Dr. Matt Hillmann discusses new Roundabout and School Board Meeting

KYMN Radio - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 9:38am
Northfield School Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann comments on the new roundabout and reviews the October 26 School Board meeting.  Topics include a World’s Best Workforce report, enrollment numbers, and Covid update.

Area GOP officials: Senate candidate Lewis' Monday surgery won't impact the race

Northfield News - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 4:30pm
Even with about a week to go before Election Day, area GOP leaders say they don't expect U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis' time off the campaign trail to negatively affect his chances at the polls.
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Institute hosts conversation with Georgetown professor on “Capitalism, Race, and Class”

St. Olaf College - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 4:14pm
The St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community hosted a conversation with scholar Marcia Chatelain on "Capitalism, Race, and Class: The Case of McDonald’s."
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Cub Scout recruiting event on Sunday

KYMN Radio - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 3:55pm
Cub Scout Pack 300 will hold a recruiting event at the Spring Creek Park soccer fields on Sunday, November 1st. The event is open from 1:30-3:30 and is open to kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Organizer Andy Streitz said that there will be activities for the kids including whiffle ball and nerf guns.

YMCA looks to raise $100,000 through annual campaign

Northfield News - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 12:45pm
Northfield Area Family YMCA leaders are in the initial stages of an annual fundraising campaign they hope will raise $100,000 by the end of the year.
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Carleton Cancels Winter Sports; City Council Wants to Get Public Involved; NAFRS Fundraising is Short

KYMN Radio - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 12:37pm
By Rich Larson, News Director Carleton College announced this morning that the school has decided to cancel all in person winter sports. The decision was made due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  In a release to the public, the school said that officials took public health risks, the need to curb the number of visitors

We’ll See

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 11:42am

The moment your plans are interrupted, cancelled, or postponed remember this: it might be for the best. Maybe you would have gotten into an accident on the way. Possibly the problem that caused the disturbance will lead to broader answers, greater opportunities, or the chance for expansion. It is entirely possible the original plan would […]

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Categories: Citizens

Tim Viere on Renovation of Merchants Bank

KYMN Radio - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 10:50am
Northfield Merchants Bank President Tim Viere discusses the renovation project of the downtown bank that started today.

Public health experts give some Halloween tips and tricks

Northfield News - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 9:00am
Halloween is spookier than ever this year because there is a real threat: COVID-19.
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