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Glen Castore

KYMN Radio - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 9:47am

Bridgewater Township Supervisor Glen Castore discusses the rationale and process for Bridgewater Township to become incorporated, as well as the impact incorporation would have for Bridgewater Township, Northfield, and Dundas.

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City of Northfield seeks your input on recycling awareness

KYMN Radio - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 7:24am

CITY OF NORTHFIELD SEEKS YOUR INPUT ON RECYCLING AWARENESS IN CONJUNCTION WITH DICK’S SANITATION (DSI) OFFERING MORE SERVICE OPTIONS VIA POLCO ONLINE PLATFORM RESIDENTS CAN GIVE INPUT VIA APP, WEBSITE, OR PAPER For Immediate Release Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Contact: Michelle Mahowald Communications & Human Resources Director (507) 645-3012 michelle.mahowald@ci.northfield.mn.us Northfield The City is asking

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Love letter from WI’s PSC

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 4:18pm

April 11, 2019 was one of those days at the PSC of Wisconsin (Massive Agenda at PSC tomorrow, and we’re at the tail end – April 10, 2019). As expected it went poorly, and the Commission stamped all the dockets, the two Badger Hollow (9697-CE-100) and Two Creeks (9696-CE-100) solar siting dockets (CPCN granted despite no solar siting rules); the two Badger Hollow (9697-CE-101) and Two Creeks (9696-CE-101) transmission dockets, and the joint Two Creeks and Badger Hollow acquisition docket (5-BS-228), allowing MGE and WPSC to buy the approved project’s CPCN and to build them, the new “site and acquire” model. You can review these dockets at DOCKET SEARCH HERE and plug in any and all of the docket numbers above.

Today written orders came out on the Badger Hollow solar siting CPCN and the acquisition docket. The acquisition docket is a must read, methinks they doth protesteth too much!

FINAL FINAL ORDERDownload Petition for Rehearing-JJI-05-bs-228Download FINAL ORDERDownload

And don’t forget this intense Order where the ALJ gave Quarles, Commission Chair Valcq’s former firm, what for about their unreasonable acts:

Order-Motion2ProtectDownload

Quarles deserved every blistering word of that Order.

Methinks they doth protesteth too much!


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Busy day at WI’s PSC!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 5:22pm

Today Rebuttal Testimony was due, and Alan Jewell, of Jewell Jinkins Intervenors was spending the day on the tractor in the mud, outstanding in his field. What a day…

Filed was the testimony and a Motion for Supplement to EIS:

Rebuttal-JJI-JewellDownload Motion-JJI-SupplementEISDownload

How is it that PSC staff proposes a reasonable route that offers significant benefit, that of running on U.S. Hwy. 151 corridor rather than cross-country through farm fields, and the PSC (yes, same PSC!) doesn’t do more than talk about in the FEIS, doesn’t analyze the route so it could be considered in the mix?!?! Time to Supplement the EIS and get it in the record, DOH!

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don’t forget the lilacs!

Lilac shrubs and trees. Sound a bit old fashioned? There are good reasons lilacs have been the go to choice for great landscape plants for so long.

Lilacs deliver with loads of luscious blossoms every spring and early summer. Lilacs are tough and versatile, able to deliver great performance decade after decade from International Falls all the way to the mid-continent states

Sun loving lilacs can prosper in difficult alkaline soils often found in southern Minnesota as well as mild and moderately acidic soils, and require properly drained locations. Avoid planting lilacs in wet spots.

The common lilac family is best known and produces 6 to 14 foot tall dense multi-stem large shrubs that are great for framing a portion of the landscape, or for privacy and windbreaks. Excellent varieties are Common Purple or White Lilac, Albert Holden, Charles Joly and Sensation.

Dwarf lilacs that typically grow to heights of 4 to 8 feet have gained in popularity since their smaller size makes them a good choice for modest sized properties. Some of my favorite are Dwarf Korean Lilac, Bloomerang Purple Lilac, Scent and Sensablity Lilac and the Miss Kim Lilac. The dwarf lilacs will do well in full sun to half sun areas, and just like their common lilac cousins, do require properly drained soils.

Dwarf lilacs are also useful as small trees, and the whole family of Japanese Lilac Trees can be a great choice where you want a small to medium sized flowering tree of 15-25 feet in height.

Are you old fashioned enough o give lilacs a try? If so, you will be rewarded with lovely blossoms and excellent hardiness.

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ADUs: Reframing the discussion

Betsey Buckheit - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 10:11am
After what seemed like unanimity and a strong sense of purpose at the Planning Commission, the Council discussion about Accessory Dwelling Units has been dispiriting to watch thus far and the public comments even more so. Since the Council will have another go at ADUs today, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at their worksession, I’d like …
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Action

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:25am

Teams — like the markets — tend to fluctuate from year to year, which is also why [Edmonton Oilers forward Milan] Lucic had a pretty sensible take on the season that lies ahead. Optimism abounds, but wariness is never a bad thing either, he believes.

“At the end of the day, you have to be cautious a little in case of overconfidence and over expectations,” he said. “I went through that in Boston. Sometimes, you just expect to be there and that doesn’t get it done.

“Getting it done gets it done.”

-Eric Duhatschek, “Milan Lucic Holds Court on Oilers’ Chances, Leon Draisaitl, and Cam Talbot’s Workload,” The Athletic, 9-19-2017

 

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Freedom

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:22am

I’m fading out of sight
My wheels are the only sound
Runnin’ at the speed of light
I can’t slow down

Out on the open road
Racing to beat the night
No matter where I go
Guess I’ll get there all right

So why don’t I understand
What’s trippin’ me up
It used to be a simple thing

I can’t hold on, I can’t return
Time to let go, start to live and learn

I took the one way flight
Too high to see the ground
Now I know how long it takes
A heart to come down

Why don’t I understand
What’s trippin’ me up
Oh, it ought to be a simple thing

I can’t hold on, I can’t return
Rivers will run, bridges will burn
I’m not sure just how
But there’s no lookin’ back now

I can’t hold on, I can’t return
Rivers will run, bridges will burn
I’m not sure just how
But there’s no lookin’ back now

I can’t hold on, I can’t return
Rivers will run, bridges will burn
I’m not sure just how
But there’s no lookin’ back now

No lookin’ back now
No lookin’ back now
No lookin’ back now

-Michael McDonald, “No Lookin’ Back,” No Lookin’ Back (1985)

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Action

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 8:44pm

Wisdom is Revealed
Through Action, Not Talk

Don’t declare yourself to be a wise person or discuss your spiritual aspirations with people who won’t appreciate them. Show your character and your commitment to personal nobility through your actions.

-Epictetus, Manual for Living (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)

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Growth

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:00pm

Once the necessities for survival are satisfied, the struggle against sin and for virtue is the central drama of life. No external conflict is as consequential or as dramatic as the inner campaign against our own deficiencies. The struggle against, say, selfishness or prejudice or insecurity gives meaning and shape to life. It is more important than the external journey up the ladder of success. This struggle against sin is the great challenge, so that life is not futile or absurd. It is possible to fight this battle well or badly, humorously or with cheerful spirit. Contending with weakness often means choosing what parts of yourself to develop and what what parts not to develop. The purpose of the struggle against sin and weakness is not to “win,” because that is not possible; it is get better at waging it. It doesn’t matter if you work at a hedge fund or a charity serving the poor. There are heroes and schmucks in both worlds. The most important thing is whether you willing to engage in this struggle.

-David Brooks, The Road to Character (2015)

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Acceptance

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:57am

Hang on through the tense parts of the day in the knowledge that they will pass soon enough. These little conflicts, inconveniences, and expectation adjustments are really unavoidable.

-Holiday Mathis, “Horoscope,” StarTribune, 9-17-2017

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September 2017

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:04am

19 Tuesday
– When the words come easy.
– Expanded consciousness.
– The snake in the toilet bowl.
– Being firm yet not hard.

18 Monday
Knowing you are good at helping people — and realizing you get as much from it as they do.

15 Friday
– Squirrels.
– Not having to be right.
– Not having to be good.
– Moving forward, flaws and all.

14 Thursday
Playing games at work.

12 Tuesday
– Rabbits on the path ahead.
– Your dog’s eyes.
– The pigeon who appears next to you on your morning walk, right there in the parking lot, reminding you of another pigeon at another time and place that had appeared next to you during one of those moments for which there are no words.

11 Monday
– Sunshine at lunchtime.
– Unexpected ice cream.
– Sadness.
– Strength.
– A blemish on your arm that reminds you this is your skin.

10 Sunday
That a certain friend was born.

9 Saturday
– The feeling of throwing a solid punch.
– The right song at the right time (redux).
– Doing more than you need to — but not more than is useful.
– The ding on your windshield as you drive down the highway. It leaves a mark but that mark is minute. The hurled item doesn’t penetrate. And it doesn’t slow you down in any noticeable way.

6 Wednesday
– Crisp air.
– Holding both: the part of you that is strong, capable, kind, caring with the part that is weak, erratic, angry, fucked up. They are you, both.

5 Tuesday
– Work. Demanding-commanding-immersing-distracting work.
– Feeling valued.
– Listening to weakness, honoring it, accepting it, allowing it to be.

3 Sunday
– A free ticket.
– Neighbors who don’t mind if you poop a little on their lawn (dog involved).

2 Saturday
– Helping out. Spur of the moment. And, hey, look, free doughnut!
– Getting some needed OT in.
– Texting. Really. You love it and hate it. Love it with friends who light you up.

1 Friday
Working at a place that recognizes your skills and then values them enough to put them to direct and meaningful use.

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Beauty

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 9:44am

Lost and lonely lives
Floating like waves at sea
We make it day by day
Watching the world go by

In a moment when time stands still
From here we look out on forever

Darling, our love
One love that never fades away
Our love
This love will light the world on its way

Shattered, broken dreams
Sifting like grains of sand
We claim it and here we stay
Watching the world go by

And with the strength that we spend in this life
In hope that it goes on forever
We believe as we promise to try that

Darling, our love
One love that never fades away
Our love
This love will light the world on its way

In a moment when time stands still
From here we look out on forever
And we can see all that time will tell

Darling, our love
One love that never fades away
Our love
This love will light the world on its way

-Michael McDonald, “Our Love,” No Lookin’ Back (1985)

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Truth

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 9:14am

Welcome to your life
There’s no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you

-Tears for Fears, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” Songs from the Big Chair (1985)

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Humility

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 7:23am

Pride is the central vice. … Pride blinds us to the reality of our divided nature. Pride blinds us to our own weaknesses and misleads us into thinking we are better than we are. Pride makes us more certain and closed-minded than we should be. Pride makes it hard for us to be vulnerable before those whose love we need. … Pride deludes us into thinking that we are the authors of our own lives.

-David Brooks, The Road to Character (2015)

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Stability

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 4:04am

If someone treats you disrespectfully or speaks unkindly about you, remember that he or she does so from their impression that it is right to do so.

It is unrealistic to expect that this person sees you as you see yourself. If another person reaches conclusions based on false impressions, he or she is the one hurt rather than you, because it is that person who is misguided. When someone interprets a true proposition as a false one, the proposition itself isn’t hurt; only the person who holds the wrong view is deceived, and thus damaged. Once you clearly understand this, you will be less likely to feel affronted by others, even if they revile you. You can say to yourself, “it seemed so to that person, but that is only their impression.”

-Epictetus, Manual for Living (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)

 

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Daring

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 8:16pm

Captain Ramius: “When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated”

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

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Felicity

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 4:44pm

Words spring from [Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty’s] mouth with an air of improvisation, just like the style of play he’s honed on the ice. He does everything on feel. Opponents never know what he’ll do against them — come to think of it, neither does he — when he rushes the puck up the ice like he’s screwing around in a road hockey game.

-Matt Larkin, The Hockey News, 9-11-2017

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Peace

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 2:04pm

Humility is having an accurate assessment of your own nature and your own place in the cosmos. Humility is awareness that you are an underdog in the struggle against your own weakness. Humility is an awareness that your individual talents alone are inadequate to the tasks that have been assigned to you.

-David Brooks, The Road to Character (2015)

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Restraint

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 12:23pm

Once we fall, however slightly, into immoderation, momentum gathers and we can be lost to whim.

-Epictetus, Manual for Living (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)

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