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Legislators concerned over possible inequality of Local Sales Tax option; Loaves and Fishes offer grocery help to less mobile Farmington residents; Nfld Police Reserves recognized

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and Councilors approved asking the legislature to allow the City to put a ½ cent local sales tax on the November ballot and they’re not alone. According to the Star Tribune, more Minnesota cities are imposing local sales taxes than any time in state history. And

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When You See Me by Lisa Gardner

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 11:20am

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner unites three of her most beloved characters—Detective D. D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy—in her stunning new novel, WHEN YOU SEE ME. Gardner talks about the research she does, including visiting the Body Farm and the generosity of enforcement agencies in sharing some of their methods

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Lisa Peterson and Jane Bartho

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:02am

Lisa Peterson and Jane Bartho of the Northfield Chamber of Commerce talk about the 2020 Annual Awards Banquet on January 30.  Honorees will be Tim Freeland – Business Person of the Year, Aldrich Technology – Business of the Year, and Marty Benson, Ambassador of the Year.  

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Duckworth to run for state Senate

Northfield News - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 6:19am
Three years after Matt Little used a position in Lakeville government as a springboard to land a role in state government, Zach Duckworth will attempt to do the same — with the aim of unseating Little.
Categories: Local News

Fiestas de invierno y construir el crédito personal

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/26/2020 - 9:12pm

Se suceden las fiestas de invierno con ritmo latino en Northfield. Repasamos la importancia de crearse un buen crédito para tener acceso a préstamos y crédito para comprar casas, carros, muebles y otras necesidades.  

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Fine Tune #452 Jimmy Van Heusen 26 Jan 2020

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/26/2020 - 7:20pm

Born 107 years ago today, Jimmy Van Heusen was a wonder in the world of popular music composition for decades – bringing the world more than 1000 songs. We hear just a few on this week’s Fine Tune: Fine Tune 01-26-20 #452 Imagination / Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w Frank Sinatra Love and Marriage / Frank

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Remember Radio – March 23, 1947

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/26/2020 - 10:00am

Introducing Remember Radio, a brand new show set during the Golden Age of Radio in the 1940’s. Your hosts Andrew Rossow and Rich Larson bring you music, news and radio serials of the era, in a fun and entertaining presentation.

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Arrowhead VII

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 11:40pm

Monday morning at 7:00, I’ll start my seventh Arrowhead Ultra, my seventh attempt to ride my fatbike down the 135 miles of snowmobile trail across northern Minnesota from International Falls to Tower.

Sundogs just after the start of the 2019 Arrowhead

So far I’ve finished the race each time I’ve started, with times ranging from 19.5 hours in 2015 to 29 hours in 2014. My best placing was my first year, when we rode in the polar vortex and I wound up in 7th place.

The forecast (as of Saturday night) looks increasingly good, with highs near 25° on Monday afternoon and lows near 0° at the start and then overnight — which likely means actual air temps near -10°’ when we hit the low swampy areas. Those temperatures are very manageable and should mean the trail will be hard and fast.

This year — after a very busy few months at work and much less riding than I’d like — I’m in less good physical shape than I’d like, although I rode well at the Tuscobia 160 a month ago. I’m primarily gunning for another finish and I’ll be happy to go under 24 hours.

If you want to see how I am doing, check Trackleaders, a cool free service that uses GPS data to plot some (but not all) of us on a map of the course!

Categories: Citizens

Energy Committee – Roch PB headline says it all

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 3:30pm
Photo by moi

Here’s the bill everyone’s talking about:

DRAFT sc5558-6_Rochester_Energy CommitteeDownload

Comments? It’s important to let them know what you think. Here’s the contact info for the Senate Energy Committee (LINKED HERE).

In last week’s Rochester Post Bulletin, about the Senate Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee meeting in Rochester:

Senators take heat on waste-burning energy
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Big Woods Park Ranger Laurel Quill

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 11:50am

Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park has something to offer visitors during any season: view wildflowers in spring; cool off near the waterfall in summer; experience incredible colors in fall; and ski the wooded trails in winter. Listen in as Andy and Dave interview Laurel Quill, the new State Park Ranger.  Laurel shares her background, her excitement

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Raider Wrap 1-25-19

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 11:17am

Head Coach Ryan Driscoll stops in to talk Boys Basketball and then Craig Cardinal and Captains Jess Messner, State Hopefuls Caroline Peterson and Katie Schroeer take us up and down the terrain of Nordic Skiing season.  AJ Has all the sports scores along with interviews with Dance Team Captains Leah Covach, Regan Underdahl, Sydney Gill

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With 2 confirmed cases in the U.S., coronavirus raises fears

Northfield News - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 4:30pm
Two suspected cases of the deadly illness coronavirus have been reported in Minnesota, sparking fears that a now-global epidemic which started in China could be close to hitting home.
Categories: Local News

Lack of state, federal special ed funding is costing local districts

Northfield News - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 1:00pm
A persistent shortage in special education funding from state and federal governments has left Faribault and Northfield school districts no choice but to make budget cuts.
Categories: Local News

NEW “Navigable Waters” Rule

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:11pm

Something that drives me crazy — posting things without the underlying links. I’m seeing so many posts about slashing existing water rules and release of new dreadful rules that allow pollution, but there are no links to the actual rules they’ve trotted out. So I added to my Federal Register alert, still nothing. OK, and now yesterday and today there’s another wave of posts about it, that something was released, and still no links. Digging and digging here, and found it.

Final Rule: The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” pre-publication version

Water’s not my area, admittedly I don’t know much about it. That new rule, following on the repeal, is on the EPA website (what’s left of it).

There’s the “Clean Water Act” which I hear LOUDLY is being decimated. I’ve found the “new” rule is rooted in this administration’s objections to the 2015 expanded definition of “navigable waters” in the Clean Water Rule.

Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule (Federal Register)

And so it goes… EPA and Army Repeal the 2015 Definition of “waters of the United States” oh, yeah, they did that..

Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections

The focus is on discharging into streams and wetlands, well, correction, the focus is on Trump administration slashing, eliminating rules, to ALLOW discharging into streams and wetland.

So what happened yesterday, what I’ve been looking for, is that they signed a new “Navigable Waters Protection Rule,” which is really one of those Orwellian things, name is just the opposite of what it does, because it changes the definition of waters to be protected, eliminates protections, and allows formerly waters that were protected to now be open season for pollution. Here’s the final “pre-publication” rule (which is why I’ve not been able to find it, not published yet, not published in FR Public Inspection yet either). Here it is, once more with feeling:

Final Rule: The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” pre-publication version

There’s also this, a different link: The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” – pre-publication version (PDF)(340 pp, 2 MB)

Check out this “Federalism Consultation” section from EPA page, a Clinton Administration E.O. that’s to address unfunded mandates and consult with states where federal changes can affect states (from EPA site):

Federalism Consultation – Consistent with E.O. 13132, Federalism, the EPA, Department of Army, and the Army Corps of Engineers consulted with state and local government officials, or their representative national organization, while developing a revised definition of “waters of the United States.”

And public comments on this rule change were posted to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149 and can be found here (from EPA site).

It’s similar to the way the Minnesota Senate DRAFT 5558-6 would change the definitions of “renewable energy” to incorporate burning garbage and nuclear as “renewable” cutting regulatory authority.

Categories: Citizens

Bids to go out for Hwy 246 & Jefferson Pkwy roundabout on Feb. 27; NAFRS votes in new Chair, oks quarterly meetings; Library looking for vinyl donations

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Expect big changes at Hwy 246 and Jefferson Pkwy this year when work begins on a roundabout at the intersection. The Northfield Council voted to approve the final design and open bids on February 27th and award the project March 10th. This intersection has been debated for years. Many felt

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The Power of Music

St. Olaf College - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:50am
Beginning his 30th year as conductor of the world-renowned St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong ’78 is keeping his eyes firmly fixed on the future.
Categories: Colleges

ArtZany: Northfield Fine Arts Boosters – One Hit Wonders

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:00am

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes Chris Ash and Mike Meehan from the Northfield Fine Arts Boosters to promote the upcoming fundraiser One Hit Wonders. Both musicians are members of the band No Time for Fame. One Hit Wonders Saturday, January 25 Armory Square, 519 Division Street South, Northfield armorysquarenfld.com $7 suggested

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Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 9:55am
Event date: January 28, 2020
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Alex Morefield

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 9:35am

Northfield High School Band member Alex Morefield talks about the High School Band Coupon Book now available for sale to benefit the High School Band.  Coupon books are $25 and can be purchased from band members or at KYMN studios on Division Street.

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Birding in the winter

Carletonian - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:28pm

Many bird species found in the arboretum during the early spring to late fall have flown South for the winter, though there are species who stay in Minnesota during the cold winters. One advantage to birding in the winter is that there is a much more manageable number of species to identify, perfect for the casual or beginning birder. Some of my favorite birds to observe during the winter are listed below.

One popular and easy bird to identify is the Northern Cardinal. You have probably seen them before: they have bright red bodies and a tuft of feathers extending from their heads, making them an eye-catching and brilliant bird to observe. This species displays sexual dimorphism: the male birds are bright red all over, whereas the females are dull brown with red wings.

Another fantastic bird to view is the Cedar Waxwing. These magnificent birds have yellow markings and red waxy secretions on their tail and wing feathers respectively, have a silvery yellow body, and have black markings around their eyes that look like masks. Their main source of food comes from berries, so look for them hanging out in packs around bushes with winter berries. You may hear their high-pitched trill before you see them.

The American Goldfinch is often found around backyard bird feeders. The birds’ color will appear more dull during the winter, but will still be identifiable by their black and white striped tails and dull yellow heads. Listen for their po-ta-to-chip sounding call while you walk across the prairie in the arb, a place where you are likely to come across them.

The Downy Woodpecker is a common, but beautiful, species seen year-round in the Arboretum, and all across the United States. They can be identified by their black and white-checkered body and distinctive red tuft on the back of their heads. Listen for their singular bright chirps, or their beaks knocking against dead wood.

Birding can be a very joyful experience during the long winters, and listening to bird song and seeing their playful spirits will implore you to get outside!

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