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School Delays and Closings for Jan. 17th

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 7:15pm

Northfield Public Schools – Closed – “Due to the National Weather Service’s prediction of heavy snow and high winds that will begin mid-day. This is the District’s first full-day closure for winter weather, so it is NOT an e-Learning day. An e-learning day will be used beginning with the third full-day closure for winter weather.”

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The Weekly List – Unplugged

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 7:00pm

This Week, celebrating the 28th anniversary of Eric Clapton recording his Unplugged album, Rich brings us a list of acoustic versions of great rock & roll songs.

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SC5558-6 Last night in Rochester

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 4:57pm

Last night, Sen. Osmek held a Senate Energy Committee meeting in Rochester. It was standing room only, at least 100 showed up (I had 100 flyers, and had 4 left and I know I missed a few).

Here’s the bill DRAFT, SC5558-6:

sc5558-6-1_Rochester_Energy CommitteeDownload Summary SC 5558-6Download

Here’s the powerpoint explaining the bill:

Clean Energy First ActDownload

Who all showed up and testified? All a bunch of paid suits, with just three exceptions, pushed to the very end. Check the list of lobbyists here:

Meeting Agenda_TestimonyDownload

Alan Muller got on the list to testify, he’ll be writing to the Committee soon:

And here’s my comment sent to the committee:

Letter to Energy Committee 1-15-2020Download

Where were Senators Dibble and Marty? I must confess, I was so disgusted by Sen. Marty’s handling of the e21 debacle back in 2015 that I’ve not been back to the Senate Energy Committee since then (Marty tried to introduce Xcel’s e21 bill, and tried to shut down testimony opposing that bill…
(report from that meeting) though the room was packed with those who had rolled over supporting it, only three of us there opposed it, myself, Alan Muller, and Office of Attorney General’s RUD James Canneday. Sen. Marty pulled the bill as he “introduced” it and then substituted an e21 light and wouldn’t allow testimony on anything else! Well, we did what we could, and it wasn’t until the very end in conference committee or just before that he put the awful Xcel-desired language back in. SF 1735 – SHAME on each Senator who voted for it). Back into the fray, I guess!

My take is that Sen. Senjem, or the Republican caucus, or ???, are concerned about Sen. Senjem’s seat, why else would they put Mikey Bull up there beside him, emitting puffery about the bill? Seems there’s just one other Senate hearing scheduled, info below.

Next up, next week, Mound, Minnesota, in Sen. Ozmek’s district:

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 4:00 PM

Mound Westonka High School’s Performing Arts Center

905 Sunnyfield Road East

Minnetrista, MN 55364

Now, Mikey, about “carbon capture and storage,” good grief. Did you learn nothing from all those years of Excelsior Energy’s Mesaba Project? Here’s why it’s good the Mesaba Project was not built!

Pipedreams of Green and Clean

Categories: Citizens

Cameras installed in Rand to fight vandalism

Manitou Messenger - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 4:45pm

At least two cameras were recently installed in Rand Hall to combat vandalism in the residence hall. 

Rand has been vandalized “almost every other week” since fall semester began, Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life Pamela McDowell wrote in an email. The incidents  have cost the College hundreds of dollars in property damage.

The latest: on Christmas, an exit sign was ripped from Rand’s ceiling and Residence Assistants’ doors were vandalized, prompting McDowell to email Rand residents registered to stay on campus over winter break to turn in the perpetrator.

McDowell declined to comment on how many instances of vandalism have occurred since the beginning of fall semester. Public Safety’s crime log lists only three instances.

The Messenger discovered two cameras mounted on Rand’s ceiling at the beginning of Interim — one by the Rand’s west entrance, and the other in between the Rand Piano Lounge and the entrance to Stairwell 5. McDowell declined to comment on when the cameras were installed and how many there are. No new cameras have been installed in other residence halls.

“I don’t want to talk about the specific reason cameras were added to the public areas of Rand,” McDowell wrote. “However, in cases where we have ongoing vandalism towards specific people or St. Olaf property we use cameras as a potential tool to identify the individual(s) so the behavior can stop.”

irwin2@stolaf.edu

Categories: Colleges

Snowplows ready as Winter Storm Warning issued for SE Minn.

Northfield News - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 3:52pm
MnDOT snowplows will be out on southeast Minnesota state highways Friday through the weekend when snow is forecasted for the region, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Categories: Local News

Logan Wells on Youth In Government program

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 2:32pm

Teri Knight talked with Arcadia Senior, Logan Wells, about his last YIG event as a student. What his thoughts were on this year’s event, how it’s impacted his life and what he will take away from it. Photo credits go to Neil Gysland (MN YMCA YIG), Glenn Stubbe (Star Tribune) and Aramis Wells (Northfield Area

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Low enrollment has officials touting region's emergency alert system

Northfield News - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 1:30pm
Local public safety officials are strongly encouraging Rice County residents to sign up for the Everbridge emergency alert system, saying that it provides a unique resource to help a person keep them and their family safe.
Categories: Local News

Nfld Transit Hub on bonding package; The Rock House to be sold to make room for roundabout; Bump out for 7th & Water; St. Olaf invites Community to 1st ever Unity March for MLK Day

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Yesterday, Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan unveiled the final bonding packages in the Local Jobs and Projects Plan, including $2.5 million for the City of Northfield’s regional transit hub. Rep. Todd Lippert said, “The governor’s bonding proposal serves as a great start to the conversation we’ll be

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Carleton on track to complete $41.9 million geothermal project

Northfield News - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:18am
Carleton College is on track to complete a $41.9 million geothermal energy project next year in its pursuit of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.
Categories: Local News

Craig to hold Town Hall mtg in Zumbrota on Jan. 18 NOW MOVED

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:01am

RESCHEDULED: Rep. Angie Craig To Hold Town Hall in Zumbrota BURNSVILLE, MINN [1/17/20] – Rep. Angie Craig’s town hall at Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School in Zumbrota, MN has been rescheduled because of the threat of severe weather including multiple inches of snow, blowing snow and dropping temperatures. Rescheduled Town Hall Details Rep. Craig will hold her first

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Rep. Todd Lippert’s Bonding Request included in Governor’s Proposal

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:50am

Northfield, MN – Yesterday, Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan unveiled the final bonding packages in the Local Jobs and Projects Plan, including $2.5 million for the City of Northfield’s regional transit hub. Rep. Todd Lippert (DFL – Northfield) released the following statement: “The governor’s bonding proposal serves as a great start to the

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Ruth Hickey and Joyce Elsen

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:43am

Ruth Hickey, Executive Director of Ruth’s House, and Joyce Elsen, Board member and volunteer with Ruth’s House, discuss their upcoming fundraiser, The Hearts Gala Fundraiser for Ruth’s House, on Saturday, February 8.  There will be many items for live and silent auctions.  For more information, visit ruthshousemn.org. 

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Sarah Missler and Claudia Gonzalez-George

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:30am

Sarah Missler and Claudia Gonsalez-George talk about the Northfield Women’s March coming up on Saturday, January 18.  

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E.O. 13888 INJUNCTION!!!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:43pm

Once again, tRump is on the wrong side of the Constitution in his continued attempts to limit refugees, immigrants, Muslims, from entering the U.S. LEGALLY! Today, the Maryland federal district court said NO, YOU CAN”T DO THAT!

Order-1-15-2020Download Opinion_Refugee-Resettlement-Executive-OrderDownload

Love it when this happens. But to have to keep going to court, over and over and over and over and over and over… at what point can these unconstitutional Executive Orders be ground to a halt?

Categories: Citizens

$2 billion Walz-backed bonding bill includes Faribault, Northfield projects

Northfield News - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 4:45pm
Gov. Tim Walz has proposed a bonding bill of just over $2 billion, in hopes of addressing what he says are a significant backlog of projects throughout the state.
Categories: Local News

Today – Senate Energy Comm. in Rochester

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 2:57pm

Minnesota Senator Osmek is convening a Senate Energy Committee meeting in Rochester this evening to discuss a DRAFT bill SC5558-6:

sc5558-6-1_Rochester_Energy CommitteeDownload

6 p.m. on January 15, 2020

Rochester Community and Technical College

Heintz Center Commons

1926 College View Rd E

Rochester, MN 55904

Here’s the letter I just fired off to Committee members:

Letter to Energy Committee 1-15-2020Download

Be there or be square!


Categories: Citizens

Corn and Soybean Planting Date Survey:  Seeking Your Help 

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 2:54pm

By Lizabeth Stahl, Extension Educator – Crops The extremely wet conditions of 2019 in Minnesota led to planting delays and unprecedented levels of prevent plant acres.  Where planting delays continued late into the growing season, farmers needed to decide whether or not to plant a crop during or after the late planting date for crop

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08 Jan 2020 – Models are understating the problem, politicians are ignoring or alarmists

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:27pm

In this show we discussed the statistical evidence for climate change (anomaly or trend?). We also reviewed the story Bruce told to the Red Wing Tea Party (a very scientifically literate group indeed). Finally we talk about how Australia is a clear example of a trend, not an anomaly.  

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