Strong turnout expected for presidential primary, early voting begins Friday

Northfield News - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:15am
With early voting set to start Friday, election officials in Rice County and across the state are gearing up for the first presidential primary the state has seen since 1992.
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2 GOP women join race to unseat Democratic Rep. Angie Craig

Northfield News - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:41am
Two Republican women joined the race for the 2nd District congressional seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig on Thursday, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a former state representative.
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Charter Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:15am
Event date: January 23, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Maria Pabon

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 9:48am

Maria Pabon, Director of the St. Olaf College Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion, talks about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities at St. Olaf on Monday, January 20.

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Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 9:40am

Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig recaps the discussion by the City Council at its January 14 work session to finalize details about the mill and overlay project in preparation for Council approval next week to get the project out for bids.

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Apple Valley woman announces candidacy to unseat Craig

Northfield News - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 9:19am
An Apple Valley woman has become the third Republican to announce her candidacy to replace incumbent Second Congressional District Rep. Angie Craig, DFL-Minnesota.
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04 Dec 2019 – Northfield’s Climate Action Planning Advisory Board

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 5:20am

In this show we focused on the Northfield Climate Action Plan Advisory Board. Note that Alan Anderson was co-Chair of the Climate Action Plan Advisry Board Note that Bruce Morlan was a voting member from Bridgewater Township and chaired the Subcommittee on Water (Surface, Potable, Waste)  

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Marty Benson recognized as 2020 Chamber Ambassador of the Year

Northfield News - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 4:32pm
The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is pleased to name Marty Benson of Community Resource Bank its 2020 Ambassador of the Year. The award recognizes a Chamber Ambassador who has been especially active promoting the chamber, it’s business…
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Commerce “response” to AFCL’s data request

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 1:28pm

Just in, Commerce-EERA responses to Association of Freeborn County Landowners’ 11/25/2019 Data Practices Act Request:

Commerce_DPA Request_11-25-2019Download

This was the one we sent trying to get information on a Pre-Construction meeting that we’d not heard anything about, and damned if the meeting didn’t start about half an hour after we sent this request!!! Here’s the response to that 11/25/2019 request:

Data Practices Act Response – AFCL 11-25-19 – Commerce Response 1-14-20 FinalDownload

Some highlights:

Yes, there is that statement again of that “quick, delete those emails” Commerce policy, stated above: “As your request was received on November 25, 2019, unless I have saved an email, emails that I could provide you with would be from August 27, 2019 to November 25, 2019. ” And six times in that missive, “EERA must reiterate that email correspondence prior to August 27, 2019 had been automatically deleted by the Agency’s email system.” Yeah, we get it…

OK, fine, we send Data Practices Act Request every 90 days… we can do that.

And when we request notice of Pre-Construction meetings, after all, after all, we’re a party, have been for years now, yet from PUC’s Kaluzniak’s email about our April 23, 2019 Data Practices Request there’s an inference drawn about AFCL attendance at meetings…

And EERA says about notice to meetings:

FYI – Here’s Xcel’s Summary of the 11/25/2019 Pre-Construction meeting that no one told us about, filed December 6, 2019:

17-0410+Compliance+Filing-Preconstruction Mtg-Section+10.1+120619+NSP_Mtg 11-25-3019Download

That same day, just before that Xcel filing and almost 2 weeks after getting confirmation of our 11-25-2019 Data Practices Request from the Data gurus at both PUC and Commerce, this arrives from Rich Davis… can you spell “oppositional” anyone?

Yeah, it’s just more of the “Davis Shuffle.” Save, document, wait… we’re already sitting at the Court of Appeals, and we’re waiting for PUC to address our EAW Petition. Just keep it up…


Minn. Stat. 216E.08

Subd. 2. Other public participation.The commission shall adopt broad spectrum citizen participation​as a principal of operation. The form of public participation shall not be limited to public hearings and​advisory task forces and shall be consistent with the commission’s rules and guidelines as provided for in​section 216E.16.

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Jefferson Pkwy/Hwy 246 Roundabout price tag jumps; Shakopee man charged with 1st degree drug sale; EDA to implement Facade Improvement Plan; Local girl collects hundreds of winter clothing items

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director The price has gone up for the roundabout at Jefferson Pkwy and Hwy 246. The Northfield council heard an update from City Engineer Dave Bennett as they discussed calling for a public hearing on the Intention to Issue General Obligation Street Reconstruction Bonds specifically for the roundabout. He said, “the

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Rice SWCD hosts “Farmers – Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program”

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 11:21am

The Rice Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with the Minnesota State Department of Agriculture to host the meeting “What Makes the MAWQCP Different?” on Thursday, January 30th, 12:00 PM at the Rice County Government Services Building (Commissioner’s Room).  The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is open to Rice County producers who

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards partnership grant to Carleton College Summer Liberal Arts Institute

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:02am

NORTHFIELD, MINN.—The Carleton College Summer Liberal Arts Institute (SLAI) is the recipient of a $66,660 contract from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation that will enable participants in the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program to attend liberal arts summer programs at Carleton. This partnership between Carleton and the Cooke Foundation will provide support for up

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Dr. Matt Hillmann

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 9:50am

Northfield School Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann recaps the closed meeting held by the School Board on January 13 for the purpose of discussing the potential sale of the Rock House on the corner of Jefferson and Division Streets to a buyer who would move the house off of the property.  During the regular meeting, the

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Where were you the night of June 25, 1998?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 6:27pm

The June 25, 1998 blackout report needs to be on the interwebs available to the world.

June 25, 1998? That’s the night of the transmission fail that disconnected the Midwest from the Eastern Interconnect. That question was asked by Minnesota Power’s attorney of each and every witness, I think other than MP, but maybe MP witnesses too, in the Arrowhead transmission project hearing, circa 1999-2000. There were cries of “Hospitals will go dark without the Arrowhead project,” “We’re going to freeze in the dark in an incubator” which became “We’re going to freeze in the dark on a respirator without a job” — it was so histrionic.

The Arrowhead transmission project was project 13J of the WRAO Report, and the WIREs Report, which presented many transmission lines, but chose the Arrowhead transmission project as the “be all and end all” of transmission in the Midwest, that it would fix all the transmission problems:

WRAO-report1Download WRAO-Appa1-WIREsPhaseIIDownload WRAO-APPa2-WIREsPhaseIIappBDownload

The hearing went forward, 2 weeks in Minnesota, where MP got an exemption from Minnesota Power Plant siting law, and for TWO MONTHS in Wisconsin, for Round 1, then 2 weeks after the cost went way up, and another 3-5 days of hearing later when cost went up again. They got their permit, it’s up…

But in that first hearing, I did get to introduce the report that showed that the June 25, 1998, blackout was NOT caused by too little capacity, it was not caused by an unreliable transmission system. It was caused by corporate greed, transmission operators running the Prairie Island-Byron 345kV’s TCEX flow over the limit, disregarding operating guides, and disregarding requests and demands to ramp the power down, violating MAPP Operating Standards and NERC Operating Policies. SHAME, NSP, SHAME!!! And MP was so tacky, trying to attribute their desire for bulk power transfer to the blackout, that the Arrowhead project would save us. Yeah, right…

Here’s the report, below, it’s a gem, I’m posting this today because I’m shoveling off my desk and there are a lot of gems here, so posting them will get them out into the world in perpetuity — can’t disappear something from the internet! Scanning them in is taking a while, a royal and dusty pain in the patoot, but just for you inquiring minds, HERE IT IS:

Northern MAPP Northwestern Ontario Disturbance June 25 1988 FINAL REPORTDownload

Here are a couple snippets, starting with p. 2:

Bottom line?



The report goes on and on with stupid human tricks – the flow was NOT reduced by NSP System Operators:

From pps 10-11:

So if the operators had been doing the job, not focused on keeping that line operating with all that power flowing through it, selling that power, the blackout may not have happened. Great…

And for some reason, NSP operators were not communicating:

300 MW above the operating guide limits:


Operator error is a too-generous way to put it — but for the efforts to NOT reduce power flows, the inadequate response of system operators and their failure to communicate the degree of the problem, the blackout may not have happened. And then utilities have the nerve to say that because of the June 25, 1998 blackout, we need the 13j Arrowhead transmission project?

Categories: Citizens

Board helps farmers improve water quality while making the most of their land

Northfield News - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 3:15pm
Rice County’s Soil and Water Conservation District emerged out of programs established back in the 1930s and has been incorporated in its current form for more than 75 years. Still, many Minnesotans aren’t quite sure exactly what the board does.
Categories: Local News

To Include is To Excel: Racial microaggressions in the classroom

St. Olaf College - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 1:54pm
As part of our series highlighting the nearly 50 To Include is To Excel projects that faculty and staff have developed, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology Ryan Sheppard describes the research she led on racial microaggressions in the classroom.
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