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Southeast Minnesota 911 disruption under investigation

Northfield News - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 1:45pm
Nine southeast Minnesota counties are working with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks division to learn the cause behind a disruption to the state’s 911 system.
Categories: Local News

Law & Order

St. Olaf College - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 1:21pm
By providing students with hands-on legal experience and a supportive alumni network, St. Olaf prepares Oles well for a career in law, something to which Rachel Palermo '15 can attest.
Categories: Colleges

Senate Energy Bill… again

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 12:31pm

Last night in Performing Arts Center, Westonka H.S., Sen. Osmek held the second Senate Energy Committee meeting, taking testimony and discussing the bill. Good grief, burning garbage is RENEWABLE?!?! Eliminate the new nuclear prohibition?!?! CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE!?!?!?! Where on earth do these ideas come from? Lobbyists paid by who?

sc5558-6-1_Rochester_Energy CommitteeDownload

They put together a list of testifiers. This meeting’s list included TWO who had testified in Rochester! I spoke up and objected to allowing those two to testify before others who had not testified could, and near the end of testimony one was crossed off, BUT, well, guess who was second to the bottom, despite having requested to be put on list 8 days prior in Rochester, and didn’t get to testify.

For the first hearing, they put the three regular folks at the very bottom of the list, those not affiliated with an organization, those NOT paid to show up in suits and testify, and at the outset at Westonka last night, Osmek said, at least twice, “we may not get through the list.” They did in Rochester.

And at the outset of last night’s meeting, he again said, “we may not get through the list” and he limited testimony to 30 minutes total, but didn’t put any limit on individual testimony. AND he said, “we didn’t get through the list in Rochester.” FALSE, you DID get through the list in Rochester. Why say that? Prelude to a dis…

They’re talking about “carbon capture and storage,” “CCS” as if it’s real. It is not. No one else in the room has the knowledge and direct experience working on a project proposing carbon capture that I have, and no one else in the room had signed the non-disclosure agreement in the Excelsior Energy Mesaba Project and knows the details of cost and energy loss. Most of the Senators on that committee weren’t even around during the Mesaba Project, and I do not recall a single one of them weighing in on that boondoggle project. So what all do they know about it? Do they know only what paid toadies are telling them? Do some research! We do not need to reinvent the wheel, and folks, this is rock science, not rocket science.

We went through this “carbon capture” nonsense on the Excelsior Energy Mesaba Project, where it was talked about a lot, but wasn’t part of the actual project, and then, when it was clear the project Power Purchase Agreement “PPA” was tanking, SURPRISE, they popped in a “Plan” at the last minute, in Rebuttal testimony:

Suddenly, a Plan for Carbon Capture and Sequestration
October 19th, 2006

For sure it was utter bullshit, and not enough to save the day and get that PPA through. Here it is:

Ex_EE1067_Plan for Carbon Capture and SequestrationDownload

From MCGPs Initial Brief in Mesaba Project PPA docket (M-05-1993), but first the full brief, the CCS pages are 22-24, with references:

MCGP Initial BriefDownload

And the section on the Excelsior Energy’s Mesaba Project bogus “Plan for Carbon Capture and Sequestration”

Well DOH! What’s changed since then? Only a large funding of “research” and a larger funding scheme of promotion, a la Great Plains Institute, etc.,

… but carbon capture and storage is no more doable, either in percentage of capture feasible, or in potential for creating seismic activity and earthquakes, well, there is more evidence now that pumping gas into the earth DOES create earthquakes. It’s even made it into corporate news media, REAL NEWS from 2013 and 2016:

Fracking and energy exploration connected to earthquakes, say studies

7 million Americans at risk of man-made earthquakes

From USGS:

Are earthquakes induced by fluid-injection activities always located close to the point of injection?

Also from USGS, 2018:

What more information do you need? Do some research, folks.

Those of us who went through the 5+ years that was the Mesaba Project have the facts. If you want us to do this all over again, yes, phenomenal waste of time, but yeah, OK. Been there, done that, have the files, have the facts, here we go!

To look at the Excelsior Energy Mesaba Project docket at PUC (05-1993) go to eDocketsand search for PUC Docket 05 (year) 1993 (docket no.) in the search field.

p.s. LINK TO MESABA PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

Categories: Citizens

Freeborn EAW – more time!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 12:10pm

The PUC has asked for additional time, noting that our Petition for EAW for the Freeborn Wind project is expected to come before the Commission on February 6, 2020. PUC asked and PUC received:

PUC Extension Request_20201-159284-01Download EQB Extension Approval Letter Jan 21 2020Download

Old news on Legalectric:

EQB forwards EAW Petition to PUC
January 3rd, 2020
Petition for EAW – Freeborn Wind
January 2nd, 2020
Categories: Citizens

Local Sales Tax Option to be sent to Legislators; T21 passes in Nfld with restrictions on buying as well as selling; CRDTF nets 4 suspected drug dealers

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director A local sales tax option could be on Northfield’s November ballot. In a 6 to 1 vote, the Council approved asking the legislature to allow them to place a ½ cent sales tax option on this year’s ballot. The dollars collected must be used for capital projects and have a

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City seeks state authorization to put half-cent sales tax on the ballot

Northfield News - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 9:50am
The Northfield City Council on Tuesday night opted to seek state authorization for a November public vote on whether to implement a half-cent sales tax for repairs to city park and recreation facilities.
Categories: Local News

Minnesota’s $1Billion Little Ag Industry – Keynote Speaker Lori Cox Shares How To Become a Catalyst for Your Own Farm at the 2020 Cannon River Sustainable Farming Association Annual Conference

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 9:41am

The Cannon River Sustainable Farming Association hosts its annual conference on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 at Seeds Farm in Northfield. The event kicks off at 9am with keynote speaker Lori Cox of Roots Return Heritage Farm who will present current statistics for small, diversified family farms, review barriers and possible solutions, and discuss how farmers can become

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Gerry Franek, Brad Ness and Elizabeth Haase

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/23/2020 - 9:32am

Northfield Fire Chief Gerry Franek and new NAFRS Board Chair Elizabeth Haase and Vice-Board Chair Brad Ness talk about the annual recognition banquet during which Phil Graue was named Firefighter of the Year and recap the last NAFRS Board meeting.

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State's new farming rules designed to improve water supply

Northfield News - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 3:00pm
Seeking to protect the health of rural residents, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has applied new rules designed to reduce the amount of a dangerous chemical in the water supply.
Categories: Local News

Man pleads guilty to rape of Nfld woman; Nfld Council passes 2020 mill & overlay alternative; Wood burning stove to blame for fire

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director A man, charged in December 2018 of several charges, pled guilty to 1st degree criminal sexual conduct last week in Rice County Court. 27 year old Tyler Douglas Murphy has been jailed since the complaint taken by Northfield police. A woman called to report that, Murphy, her ex-boyfriend, told her

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Free Class Offered on Cover Crops and Soil Health set for Feb. 6th

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:22am

Cover crops and other soil-health practices will be the focus of a free upcoming class available to area farmers. The “Cover Crops 101” class will take place on Thursday, February 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Forest Township Hall in rural Faribault. Mower County farmer Tom Cotter – a 2016 Outstanding Conservationist and a

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“We’ve got your back”: Scholarships catalyze student success

St. Olaf College - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:16am
Giving through the college's For the Hill and Beyond comprehensive campaign has driven a 73 percent increase in annual scholarship aid provided by endowed funds — which directly benefits students like Ethan Ormerod '22.
Categories: Colleges

Rhonda Pownell and Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 9:35am

Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig discuss the January 21 City Council meeting.  Topics include final design approval for the 2020 Mill & Overlay Project and for the roundabout planned for the intersection of Jefferson Parkway and Hwy 246, and discussion about the potential of a 1/2 cent local sales tax increase.

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Council hopes to snuff out youth tobacco use, raises buying age to 21

Northfield News - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 8:03am
The minimum age to purchase tobacco and tobacco products in Northfield will soon be 21.
Categories: Local News

Crackerjacks in the Stacks

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 3:26pm
When I was in kindergarten, I wanted to become a librarian when I grew up. I devised my own Dewey Decimal system for my collection of books at home, and my little book-loving heart filled with ... pleasure (you thought I was going to say joy, didn't you) every time I presented a stack of books to the children's librarian at the Carnegie Library in my hometown of Alexandria, Minn. There was something immensely gratifying about that book check-out process: the librarian would take out her pad of ink, pull the cards from the books, stamp the due date on the cards, and hand the books back to me. It was marked in ink, this approval I had, to go home and read.

My career plans changed after that kindergarten year, but my love of books and of libraries endured. If possible, it became even stronger when I met someone who shared my love of books and libraries in — of course — a library. Steve and I both had work study jobs at Drake University's Cowles Library during our first year of college, and that's where he first asked me out on a date. Thirty years and three kids later, we live in a house overflowing with bookshelves and stacks of books.

Recreating my days as a clicker, a library work study job that no longer existsWhen I mentioned on Facebook recently that our love story started in a library, our middle child, Sebastian, commented, "Ya know, maybe that's why we all love books."

As soon as our kids were old enough to sign their names, we helped them get their own library cards at the wonderful Carnegie Library in our town of Northfield. I continue to believe that libraries are a vital public good. So you can imagine how happy it makes me to know that my book, Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters: The Story of a Minnesota Music Man, is now available in several libraries.


As of today, Jan. 21, according to a search of the WorldCat site, copies of my book are available at these Minnesota locations:

• College of St. Benedict/St. John's University library: one copy

• Hennepin County Library: one copy each at the Minneapolis Central and Southdale locations

• Minnesota Historical Society Library in St. Paul: two copies

• St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona campus: one copy

The book is also available at Carleton College's Gould Library and at the Drake Community Library in Grinnell, Iowa.

The Northfield Public Library doesn't have it yet, but it's on the list of books they plan to purchase in 2020. If your local library doesn't have it, feel free to request it, either online or in person.

If you do check out my book from your local library, don't expect anyone to take out an ink pad and stamp a due date on a card for you. But know that you have my virtual approval to go home and read.
Categories: Citizens

Library Board Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 3:11pm
Event date: February 12, 2020
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Location:
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

Arts and Culture Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 3:10pm
Event date: February 10, 2020
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Location:
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

Wood-burning stove causes Northfield house fire

Northfield News - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 1:20pm
The malfunctioning of a wood-burning stove reportedly caused a fire on Monday that resulted in $8,000 to $10,000 of damage to a Northfield home.
Categories: Local News
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