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Spring cleaning for Northfield's homes and rivers

Northfield News - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:45am
The next time you’re outside, take a minute to look at the street in front of your house.
Categories: Local News

Board of Equalization/Open Book Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:33am
Event date: April 8, 2019
Event Time: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Julianna Skluzacek

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:18am

Julianna Skluzacek, Artistic Director of the Merlin Players, talks about the cast and their new production, “The Savannah Sipping Society,” which opens Friday, April 5.  For tickets and more information, visit the Paradise Center for the Arts website or call the box office at 507-332-7372.    

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National Association of Women in Construction offers scholarships

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:14am

ROCHESTER, MN — With high school graduations just around the corner, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) would like to find interested and eligible high school students that they can help make continuing education more accessible with their scholarship program. Throughout the year, the Minnesota chapter hosts activities and events, supported by member

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Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:04am

Rice County Sheriff Dunn provides tips for severe weather emergency preparedness and communication during an emergency. April 8-12 is Severe Weather Awareness Week. He also talks about mock crashes that will be staged at Northfield and Faribault High Schools in May.

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Kathy Jasnoch, Prairie’s Edge Humane Society

KYMN Radio - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 9:49am

Kathy Jasnoch, Executive Director of the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society, talks about the annual spring dinner and auction for the animals scheduled for Saturday, April 13, beginning at 4 pm at the Northfield Ballroom. Tickets are $22 adults, $10 ages 9-16, free under age 9. Tickets can be purchased on the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society

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Knights swept by Saint Mary’s in MIAC opener

Carleton Sports - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 11:26pm

The Carleton College baseball team dropped both ends of its MIAC-opening doubleheader against Saint Mary’s University, falling by scores of 3-2 and 3-1.

Categories: Colleges

Walz uses 1st State of the State to call for 'new story'

Northfield News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:10pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz used his first State of the State speech on Wednesday night to call on Minnesota to “write a new story” about how a government divided between Democrats and Republicans can put aside…
Categories: Local News

Pitching, timely hitting lead Knights to sweep of Saint Mary’s

Carleton Sports - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 9:30pm

Complete game pitching efforts by seniors Sam Kile and Maddie Sherwood were backed up by a total of 17 runs as the Carleton College softball team swept Saint Mary’s University by scores of 7-1 and 10-2 (5 inn.)

Categories: Colleges

Book fair scheduled for later this month at Northfield Ice Arena

Northfield News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 3:52pm
After reaching the $1 million sale mark last year, Northfield Hospital Auxiliary hopes this year’s book fair raises enough money to buy medical training equipment and help purchase a new rescue truck.
Categories: Local News

Xcel’s IRP

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 2:28pm

Alan Muller and I went to a meeting last night about Xcel Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan – coming soon to a Public Utilities Commission near you! Here in Minnesota, it’s expected to be filed July 1, 2019. Right now they’re filing a lot of documents in the prior IRP, PUC Docket 15-21. To search it go to PUC SEARCH PAGE and search for “year” 15 and docket 21. After they file their 2019 IRP, it will be given a new docket number and filings will be in that docket.

Here’s their presentation from last night:

Xcel Presentation-4-2-2019Download

I found this slide particularly troubling because of the overstatement of demand:

Reality, well, they say “existing resources” are at 10,000MW and peak demand at 9,400 or so… but, peak demand from Xcel’s SEC 10-K filings:

There are indeed issues with Xcel and its forecasting, almost always overstated. Remember the CapX 2020 “forecasts” of a 2.49% annual increase? Here’s Xcel’s forecast from the last IRP, Docket 15-21 (as above), p. 45 of 102:

What is Xcel doing to reduce peak? There’s a statutory requirement to reduce demand by 1.5% annually, so don’t think it’s going up anytime soon.

What is Xcel doing to shift the useage from peak to off peak?

And one thing that really sticks in my craw… Sherco 3. The turbine crashed/blew up/fell apart, and did a lot of damage. Sherco 3 was down for 22 months, and we did just fine without it. BUT Xcel proposed, and the PUC agreed, to rehabbing Sherco 3 at tremendous cost to us ratepayers. Now it’s back in service, and they’re agreeing to shut down Sherco 1 and Sherco 2 in the future, and then shut down Sherco 3 further out. Why did this happen? Why spend all that money to rehap Sherco 3, when we likely didn’t need it then, and THEN shut down Sherco 1 & 2. Why wasn’t Sherco 3 left closed, and then shut down Sherco 1 and 2 in the future? Why revive Sherco 3?

I also don’t at all like the way they call nuclear “carbon free” because it is NOT, look at the fuel cycle, and look at all the other problems. Nope, not OK.

And what is Xcel doing to partner with local governments, big box stores, warehouses, apartment buildings, over parking lots, to get solar on thousands of acres of rooftops?

What is Xcel doing to get PV solar, hot water solar, and simple solar heaters on every residence?

And what is Xcel doing to put up solar on brownfields, such as closed sand mines, closed coal plants, closed turkey-shit plants, closed garbage burners (Red Wind did put up solar at its closed incinerator site, but its small, need MORE!)?

Sooo, here we go. Xcel is trying to get everyone on board so there will be no serious challenges to their IRP, just as they did with e21 Initiative (what a load that was… grrrrrrrr).

Categories: Citizens

MnDOT installing delineator posts to SE Minnesota improve safety on four-lane highways

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 1:55pm

ROCHESTER, MN – Motorists should be alert beginning April 8 for construction crews installing delineator posts that are part of a safety improvement project in southeast Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. A MnDOT contractor is installing 5,540 delineator posts in southeast Minnesota along all unlighted,four-lane rural highways. The posts are installed about

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MnDOT cautions motorists as safety improvements installation begins

Northfield News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 1:27pm
Motorists should be alert beginning April 8 for construction crews installing delineator posts that are part of a safety improvement project in southeast Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Categories: Local News

Joint Meeting of the Economic Development Authority & Riverwalk Market Fair Board

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:44pm
Event date: April 17, 2019
Event Time: 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Mill Towns Trail – downtown or outta town?; You want it? They have it at the Home & Garden Show; Rescue Squad Food Drive this Saturday

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:02pm

Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell wants Option A for the Mill Towns Trail to run into downtown Northfield. In 2004, the City Council designated bike routes on Fourth Street, Fifth Street, and Union Street as part of the Mill Towns State Trail. While these bike routes currently exist, the route does not meet DNR State Trail

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Michael Jordan

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 11:12am

Michael Jordan, a local realtor, joins Wayne in the studio.

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Rice Co. Public Health schedules Faribault events for Teen Health Week

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:58am

Rice County Public Health and our Child and Teen Checkups outreach staff are excited to promote Teen Health Week 2019!  Teen Health Week is a global initiative to raise awareness of how teens are affected by unique health issues From April 1st through April 7th partners will host a series of events and programs to

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Early Spring in the Garden

It’s time when we all start to think about getting our hands dirty in the garden. There are some things that you can start to do – other things should wait just another week or twol We can still get snow and there are going to be a few more days that frost will be likely.

Daffodils

Garden tools – get them ready. Pull them out of their winter storage hideout and check to make sure they are ready to go. Are they clean? On your pruners – does the bypass work, have you sterilized it yet – are the screws still tight? Your rakes, hoes, shovels, tiller, etc. make sure they are all in proper working order so when you do get out to actually do the work – you aren’t disappointed in a delay while you fix something!

Pruning. You can prune your shrubs now but use caution on which ones that you are going to work on. A general rule of thumb – if it blooms in the spring – prune in the fall. If it blooms in the fall – prune it in the spring. Yes – there are always exceptions. Lilacs for example. They bloom in the spring – but you want to make sure that if you are going to prune them this year – you do it right after they bloom so that when the new buds set – you aren’t pruning them off. They will set buds soon after blooming this year. Shrubs like spireas, dogwoods, weigelas – you can certainly prune now to shape them. If you have any questions as to which shrubs are safe to prune – just give us a call and we will certainly help you figure it out.

Raking your lawn. Only rake areas that you absolutely have to- but know that you will be pulling out blades of grass when you do this. An example, in our yard I had to rake off the crushed rock that got piled up from the snowplow. With so much snow, there wasn’t enough space to put it so more than I would have liked got piled on the lawn. So I did rake out just the edges to get the crushed rock off. The rest of the yard – I’m waiting on for another week or so until it is nice and dry and doesn’t “squish” when we walk on it.

Garden beds. Don’t rush getting in and do any tilling or hoeing in the bed. We have had alot of moisture form all of the snow. Let the soil dry out. If you take a handful of soil and squeeze it – if it forms a ball and is sticky – you’re in the bed too early. Wait until the soil crumbles nicely. This picture was taken back a couple of years – it shows how nice crumbly soil will look in your planting bed after it has been tilled.

Spring is here – the tulips and daffodils will be up soon, the wildflowers in the woods will be bursting through – the days will be warm – the nights cool and then summer will be right behind. Enjoy every second – we deserve it after the winter of 2018-2019!

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Categories: Businesses

MPR broadcasts Institute discussion with Michael Lind

St. Olaf College - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:24am
Minnesota Public Radio will air the St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community's recent conversation with political author and historian Michael Lind.
Categories: Colleges

Senator Tina Smith

KYMN Radio - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:17am

Senator Tina Smith discusses two bills: one is a bi-partisan bill to correct a mistake made in a tax bill so that rural electric coops are not penalized for working on getting broadband service extended into rural areas.  The second bill is relating to rural health care so, for example, rural health care clinics can

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