After decades of talk, planning for new I-35 interchange begins

Northfield News - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 5:15pm
The approvals were anticlimactic.
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After decades of talk, planning for new I-35 interchange begins

Northfield News - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 5:15pm
The approvals were anticlimactic.
Categories: Local News

Artists on Main Street 2021: Building a Post-Pandemic Community

NDDC's Downtown Northfield - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 3:22pm

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation is proud to announce our 2021 Artists on Main Street projects.  After receiving many strong proposals, a volunteer Public Art Review Committee (established through the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission) selected five applicants to receive $2,000 each out of the $10,000 grant budget.  These five artists will spend the summer and fall implementing their creative placemaking projects in downtown Northfield!

Project title Lead artist Brief summary A Breath for Change Epic Enterprise Arts Learners A collaborative installation featuring 3-D self-portraits and birds moving among 3-D trees, culminating in an accessible and inclusive community event and exhibit at the Brick Oven Bakery. Framing the Scene Erin Ward A free-standing, three-dimensional, mosaiced open frame to be placed along the Riverwalk area.  The interactive sculpture could be used by individuals, friends, groups or families to take pictures. Literary Steps Kathy Ness Painted replicas of children’s book spines (with titles crowdsourced from the community) on the 16 steps going up to the Division St. side of the Northfield Public Library. Recipes for Life Catherine Stricklan A mobile screen printing workshop that will pop-up in downtown Northfield and engage the public in creating a screen printed tea towel of a beloved family recipe or treasured words of wisdom from a loved one. Resilience + the Freshwater Drum Along the Cannon Sophie Rogers A series of workshops and installations of large, performative drawings focusing on the freshwater drum fish and the Ames Mill Dam, cultivating a dialogue on adaptability, resilience and inclusion of our interspecies communities.

Be on the lookout for future news and announcements as these projects develop and begin to take shape throughout downtown!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Court docs: Owatonna driver charged after blood alcohol reading 2½x over limit

Northfield News - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 3:09pm
An Owatonna woman with two drunken driving convictions was charged last week in Rice County District Court with driving with a blood alcohol more than 2½ times the legal limit.
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Tonight – Red Wing Recall again

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 12:55pm

Can’t make it? WATCH MEETING HERE!

Here’s the AGENDA, with interesting sections (click on AGENDA for live links):

And the one that will likely again confirm that the Recall Committee has not met the malfeasance and/or non-feasance standard:

And an interesting one right after that:

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Out-Smarting Japanese Beetles (And Some Good News)

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 12:35pm

During a recent podcast on growing roses sustainably, David Zlesak talked about how to deal with Japanese beetles and a new predator for the beetles that has arrived in Minnesota.

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Lippert expects budget deal; NH+C touts ‘impressive’ vaccination number; ‘Chamber Chat’ set to premier tomorrow

KYMN Radio - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director As the state legislature heads into a special session today Representative Todd Lippert said, despite the perceived lack of progress in negotiations, he is confident a budget will be passed and there will not be a government shutdown.  He said much of the budget is already agreed to. The Climate

Lt. Curt Johnson and Lt. Braeden Kluzak of Civil Air Patrol

KYMN Radio - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 8:33am
Lt. Curt Johnson and Lt. Braeden Kluzak of the Stanton Civil Air Patrol talk about the mission and activities of the Civil Air Patrol.  There will be an open house at the Stanton Airport on Tuesday, June 22, 7:00 p.m.


Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 1:48am

“From time immemorial men have lived by the principle that ‘self-preservation is the first law of life.’ But this is a false assumption. I would say that other-preservation is the first law of life. It is the first law of life precisely because we cannot preserve self without being concerned about preserving other selves. The […]

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Viaje de la vicepresidenta a Guatemala y antirracismo

KYMN Radio - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 4:52pm
Hablamos de antirracismo, lenguaje inclusivo y el viaje de la vicepresidenta Kamala Harris a Guatemala. Además, de las oportunidades de vivienda en Northfield y los nuevos restaurantes.  

Man in the Median

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 06/13/2021 - 2:44pm

Coming home from an outing with a writer friend, I drove by the man at a good clip. Still in the glow of good conversation and positive word construction, I was by him almost as soon as I knew I was on him. Impressions with two feet on the ground are suspect. Impressions at thirty-five […]

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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 10:24pm

“I saw an ad for Haggar Slacks. They’re making pants now, where there’s a thing in the front of the pants that you pull, and the waistband pops open an extra couple of inches, in the middle of your meal. That’s where we are at now, my friends. We can’t wait until tomorrow to put […]

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Raider Wrap with Jimmy LeRue and AJ Reisetter 6-12-21

KYMN Radio - Sat, 06/12/2021 - 11:06am
We wrap up the season for the Boys Baseball and Girls Softball teams this week.  Head Coaches Mark Auge and Ryan Pietch recap this past years highlights and anticipation for the future. We go live with AJ Reisetter from Lakeville south for the Girls and Boys section track meet. Aj will get us up to

County courts creeping back to normalcy; City begins discussion of ‘Rescue Plan’ funds; NH+C Wound Healing Center already producing results

KYMN Radio - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director As the country continues to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic, Rice County attorney John Fossum said the Rice County Courts are slowly returning to a more normal footing. The County began holding in-person jury trials at the beginning of May and beginning next week contested hearings, which are hearings

Change in Prairie Island nuclear casks?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 10:00am

Oh here we go again! I’ve been rummaging through files, trying to go paperless, don’t cha know (before the back half of the house falls over) and for some reason kept my dry cask files. I figure I’m one of the few people on earth who have all this … info… yeah, that’s it, information.

So far, not much in the docket:

20214-173680-01_Xcel_Initial FilingDownload 20215-174578-01_Commerce_CommentDownload 20215-174604-01_Commerce-DER_CommetDownload

There’s this thing about the TN-40 casks that I learned way back when, at the first NSP “Task Force” meeting in December, 1994. TN-40s have aluminum seals.

Seals need to be replaced. That was established way back when in 1994. While learning about the cask parts, I was fresh off a trip to CA, was making $$ to open my Farmington office, and those trailer seals are always leaking, so while sitting around waiting for a load, I got in the habit of taking the hub cap off, scraping it down, and putting a ring of bright silicon in there, putting the hub back on, and filling it up with gear oil. So these seals, I ask, when do the need to be replaced? Per NSP, they need to be replaced every 20 years. Well, at that meeting, we also learned that there was no unloading procedure/protocol! And how does one replace a seal without unloading it, or at least taking the cap off… in the pool, right?

About seals (note this is for a TN-68, but you get the idea), it’s not rocket science, only nuclear waste, 4 & 5 are the seals, with seal alternatives below at the end:

Have any of the TN-40 seals been replaced? They’ve been loaded for over 20 years now. Inquiring minds need to know.

Have any of the casks been unloaded? They’ll need to be unloaded to put the assemblies in another cask. Remember the 3 Stooges unloading of the TN-29P at INEL?


Commerce-DER refers to a 2009 proceeding to allow use of TransNuclear transportation frame to transport TN-40s so they’d never need to be unloaded prior to transport. What’s changed that they want to do this now? More capital expense to get a good ROI as part of their new business plan?

From TN, here’s the details on that transport option:

I can’t think of a worse idea than putting casks containing embrittled and fragile old spent-fuel assemblies, and dumping them on their sides, putting the container thing around, popping on a train, and rolling down the tracks to who knows where.

Details? Can’t get there from here:

Environmentally friendly seal options:

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Lisa Peterson discusses new show on KYMN highlighting Northfield businesses

KYMN Radio - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 9:59am
Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Peterson talks about a new monthly show on KYMN radio that highlights Northfield businesses.  The first show will air on Tuesday, June 15 at 9:00 a.m. with guest Jim Loe from Community Resource Bank.

Greg Siems and Kathleen Holmes on Bridge Square Block Parties and Taste Tour Coupon Books

KYMN Radio - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 9:50am
Greg Siems and Kathleen Holmes of the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) talk about the Bridge Square Block parties on the 3rd Thursday of  June – September, and the Taste Tour Passport coupon books for sale.  Click here for more info.

Representative Todd Lippert on budget and other issues

KYMN Radio - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 9:34am
State Representative Todd Lippert comments on work at the Legislature toward a budget deal, and more.  There will be a special session on Monday.  

National Pollinator Month: Perennial Pollinator Garden Basics

It’s National Pollinator Month, and that means it’s time to celebrate all things winged and crawling with a perennial pollinator garden!

The plants we choose for a pollinator garden and the practices we employ make a huge difference. Choosing nectar rich plants, native plants, host/habitat plants, and opting for low or no chemical gardening is key to bringing in the pollinators. Mindful garden cleanup at the beginning and end of the season helps too.

It’s a delight to watch wildlife at work, and most pollinators are not aggressive- they will happily ignore a passing gardener. After all, they are way too busy feasting on delicious nectar and gathering pollen to pay any attention to a boring human. If allergies are a concern, placing flowering plants away from decks or patios is a great way to support pollinators without getting too up close and personal.

Perennial Pollinator Garden Basics An Abundance of Plants

Choose a variety of nectar rich plants with bloom times throughout the season. Spring, summer, and fall should all offer a tasty meal for pollinators. Walk through greenhouses and gardens and note what plants are buzzing with activity. Are the salvia and bee balm covered in honey bees? Time to add some salvia and bee balm. Are butterflies fluttering around the Joe-Pye weed and coneflowers? Plant some! Pollen-laden bumblebees snuffling the sedum blooms? You know what to do.

Planting one perennial is great, but planting in masses is akin to turning on a blinking neon BUFFET sign. The large swaths of color in a mass planting more effectively attract pollinators that are cruising by. Speaking of color- bees love blues, purples, whites, and yellows. Butterflies are drawn in by almost any bright color you offer. Hummingbirds love bright red, orange, and purple flowers with trumpet shaped blooms.

Be a Good Host

Food for adult pollinators is important, but what about food for their young? Providing places for pollinators to lay their eggs, establish nests, and overwinter are key ingredients in a good pollinator garden.

Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed, so inclusion of milkweed in the garden is essential. There are many kinds of milkweed to choose from. Try Asclepias tuberosa, aka butterfly weed, for its showy blooms and benefit to baby monarchs. Asclepias incarnata, aka swamp milkweed, is great for moist areas!

Swallowtail butterflies love plants in the carrot family including fennel, dill, and parsley. Sprinkle these plants throughout the garden or grow them in pots and watch for the beautiful striped caterpillars to appear.

Pollinator Friendly Practices

Leaving fallen leaves somewhere in the yard at the end of the season, maintaining some undisturbed garden rubble like leaves, sticks or stumps in a quiet corner, and waiting until late spring to cut back plants and clean up gardens is a great way to ensure survival of the next generation of pollinators.

Of course, going light on the chemicals or skipping them all together will make sure that pollinators are safe in your landscape. Choose plants that aren’t prone to disease and insect damage. Establish a higher threshold for leaf chewing and light insect feeding on your ornamental plants. Dedicated pollinator fanatics remove annoying garden pests by hand and welcome beneficial insects. You can do it!

Bumblebee on Lamium

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