Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 5:23pm
Event date: August 31, 2021
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

CURI celebrates a successful summer of interdisciplinary research on campus

St. Olaf College - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 4:28pm
For 10 weeks this summer, 118 St. Olaf students participated in the Collaborative Research and Undergraduate Inquiry (CURI) program.
Categories: Colleges

Vaccination clinic set for Thursday at Northfield High School

Northfield News - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 3:27pm
In partnership with Rice County Public Health, the Northfield School district hosts a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 3–6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7 in the Northfield High School upper cafeteria.
Categories: Local News

Preserving history: Steam & Gas Engines Show takes attendees back in time

Northfield News - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 3:08pm
In today’s world, filled with numerous innovations and technology advances, Roger Janek says sometimes people have a tendency to forget about the way things used to be.
Categories: Local News

Serious accidents over the weekend leave one dead; Northfield Elementary schools set for new year; Council honors poster winners

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 12:02pm
by Rich Larson High speeds and dangerous driving habits have been a strong concern for local area law enforcement agencies all year long. Both Northfield Chief of Police Mark Elliott and Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn have frequently expressed concern over trends in careless, distracted and negligent driving that began last year during the statewide

Northfield's churches pair with Habitat to build 4-family 'quad home'

Northfield News - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 12:00pm
Rice County Habitat for Humanity will partner with several Lutheran churches later this month to follow Jesus Christ’s example in a more literal way than usual.
Categories: Local News

Meet the 2022 DJJD Junior Ambassador candidates

Northfield News - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 10:30am
The 2022 Defeat of Jesse James Days Junior Ambassador Candidates have enjoyed spending time together this summer at many activities including bowling, popsicles in the park, selling DJJD buttons and learning important skills such as public speaking. Coronation for DJJD…
Categories: Local News

NAFRS adds new recruits, including two women; NPD preparing for DJJD; Area United Way announces grant recipients

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/30/2021 - 12:02pm
by Rich Larson Last week, after a particularly busy night, Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service Chief Gerry Franek went out of his way to praise the six new recruits who joined the department on August 2.   The group is an eclectic one. Its members range from a retired nearly-thirty-year member of the American military

Solar over canals and aquaducts

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 08/30/2021 - 8:58am

Why did it take so long for this to arrive here in the U.S., it took many years, and a release of a study pointing out the siting and efficiency advantages. Parking this here for future reference!

Why India’s Canals Could Help Fast-Forward Its Solar-Energy Plans

“Not only do they perform more efficiently, but because we can assume that the generated electricity is utilised in nearby areas, the transmission losses of (normally) 4% and distribution losses of 3% are avoided,” said Sagarkumar Agravat, head of GERMI’s solar research and development.

Apart from this, since the panels are placed on top of water, they are cooled from below, which also increases their efficiency and enhances output by 2.5-5%.

Renewable future: Gujarat govt to set up 100 MW solar power project atop Narmada canal The ‘solar canals’ making smart use of India’s space

Overall, Gujarat has more than 80,000km of canals meandering through the state. According to Gujarat State Electricity Corporation, if 30% of this were converted to solar, 18,000MW of power could be produced, saving 90,000 acres of land.

This is not a new idea, a demonstration canal project was built in India in 2012:

Gujarat’s solar panels over canals project is a great idea for sustainable energy production

And almost a decade later, in California:

Study looks at covering California’s canals with solar panels

And the study:

Energy and water co-benefits from covering canals with solar panels

And in Popular Science:

Solar panels and water canals could form a real power couple in California
Categories: Citizens

Fine Tune #491 atmospheric 2021.08.29

KYMN Radio - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 6:38pm
This week’s Fine Tune is swirling in the atmosphere – and remembering, as ever, above and beyond there is always blue sky…. (audio to come) Where the Wind Takes Me / Earl Klugh // Fireside Ki Ho’alu (Hawaii) / George Kuo // Black Fire / Willie & Lobo // Hinckley Fire Trilogy / Peter Ostroushko //

Despedida de Anthony que sigue siendo parte del equipo

KYMN Radio - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 5:28pm
Fue estupendo contar con la presencia en persona de Anthony que sigue realizando su doctorado en la universidad de Nueva York con temas sobre la comunidad latina y radios comunitarias en Estados Unidos con el caso de nuestro programa de radio. El Super Barrio 8-15-21

Especial olimpiadas agosto 2021

KYMN Radio - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 5:24pm
Especial olimpiadas Tokyo 2020 en agosto de 2021. Las olimpiadas se pospusieron un año a causa de la pandemia. El Super Barrio 8 8 21

El desastre en Afganistán y vacunas

KYMN Radio - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 5:11pm
Seguimos con desvelo el desastre humanitario en Afganistán y el desarrollo de la pandemia y el estado de las vacunas.

Winners of the 2021 Stormwater Pollution Poster Contest announced

Northfield News - Sat, 08/28/2021 - 12:43pm
Clean River Partners and the city of Northfield honored the winners of the 2021 Stormwater Pollution Poster Contest during the Aug. 17 City Council meeting.
Categories: Local News

Area officers issue 103 speeding tickets during July wave, an effort to cut rising fatalities

Northfield News - Sat, 08/28/2021 - 9:30am
While a state trooper issued one citation for doing 104 mph on the Rice County section of I-35, Lonsdale police clocked a driver in that city doing 96 mph during last month’s enforcement campaign.
Categories: Local News

Rice County fiber farmer develops passion for all things sheep

Northfield News - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 4:29pm
Tucked away in the rolling hills of northwestern Rice County lies the Dresow Family Farm, where every animal has a unique name.
Categories: Local News

Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 1:10pm
Event date: August 31, 2021
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

COURT REPORTS: Alleged threats to kill police, neighbor land Northfield man in jail

Northfield News - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 12:22pm
A Northfield man who allegedly threatened to kill a neighbor that asked him to extinguish his cigarette is in the Rice County jail charged with making terroristic threats, a felony.
Categories: Local News

Regulatory capture at PUC

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 12:06pm

Yet another example of regulatory capture at the PUC. My take is that for pipelines and wind projects, they want to ram projects through, with little to no regard for those living with and affected by the projects.

Yesterday was the PUC’s meeting for deliberation and decision on the Walleye Wind project. Walleye Neighbors had been completely excluded from PUC Staff Briefing Papers (linked here)!

Walleye Wind was agenda item #4, the last agenda item:

20218-177101-09_Notice-Agenda-Walleye is Item 4Download

I headed out in plenty of time to get there at the start of the meeting, with a 10 minute delay to get to the one door that was open, on the other side! Construction… and to wait for someone to come out because the door was locked. No problem, got in the room at about 4 minutes after the start, 9:19 a.m., and surprise, SURPRISE, Chair Sieben was introducing the parties to the Walleye docket, and included LIUNA, a mere participant, not an intervening party!

“Somebody” had rearranged the agenda and put Walleye Wind FIRST!

I’d filed a Notice of Motion and Motion based on PUC staff’s exclusion of Walleye Neighbors comments in any of the 3 sections of the Staff Briefing Papers where they should be, the “Relevant Documents,” the “Procedural History,” and “Comments Received.” Staff did not include Walleye Neighbors comments.

The staff also lists “Meeting Details” and Walleye Neighbors’ Comments are not listed in either version 1:

… or version 2:

Here’s how the meeting went, it starts at 19:00 HERE AT THIS LINK.

Sometime yesterday, a changed agenda appeared during the meeting on the meeting link (NOTHING IN THE DOCKET), listing Walleye Wind FIRST, and this one, produced shortly after 1 p.m., included notation of Commission action.


Note that towards the end, Chair Sieben asks participant LIUNA if they have any comments. That same request was NOT extended to Walleye Neighbors.

The Commission has an express mandate regarding public participation in Minn. Stat. 216E.08:

Guess again…

p.s. here’s what LIUNA had to say when I requested a short extension of time when I was retained at last minute by Walleye Neighbors, just one week before comments were due:

Another “just wow…”

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