Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 1:10pm
Event date: August 31, 2021
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

COURT REPORTS: Alleged threats to kill police, neighbor land Northfield man in jail

Northfield News - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 12:22pm
A Northfield man who allegedly threatened to kill a neighbor that asked him to extinguish his cigarette is in the Rice County jail charged with making terroristic threats, a felony.
Categories: Local News

Regulatory capture at PUC

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 12:06pm

Yet another example of regulatory capture at the PUC. My take is that for pipelines and wind projects, they want to ram projects through, with little to no regard for those living with and affected by the projects.

Yesterday was the PUC’s meeting for deliberation and decision on the Walleye Wind project. Walleye Neighbors had been completely excluded from PUC Staff Briefing Papers (linked here)!

Walleye Wind was agenda item #4, the last agenda item:

20218-177101-09_Notice-Agenda-Walleye is Item 4Download

I headed out in plenty of time to get there at the start of the meeting, with a 10 minute delay to get to the one door that was open, on the other side! Construction… and to wait for someone to come out because the door was locked. No problem, got in the room at about 4 minutes after the start, 9:19 a.m., and surprise, SURPRISE, Chair Sieben was introducing the parties to the Walleye docket, and included LIUNA, a mere participant, not an intervening party!

“Somebody” had rearranged the agenda and put Walleye Wind FIRST!

I’d filed a Notice of Motion and Motion based on PUC staff’s exclusion of Walleye Neighbors comments in any of the 3 sections of the Staff Briefing Papers where they should be, the “Relevant Documents,” the “Procedural History,” and “Comments Received.” Staff did not include Walleye Neighbors comments.

The staff also lists “Meeting Details” and Walleye Neighbors’ Comments are not listed in either version 1:

… or version 2:

Here’s how the meeting went, it starts at 19:00 HERE AT THIS LINK.

Sometime yesterday, a changed agenda appeared during the meeting on the meeting link (NOTHING IN THE DOCKET), listing Walleye Wind FIRST, and this one, produced shortly after 1 p.m., included notation of Commission action.


Note that towards the end, Chair Sieben asks participant LIUNA if they have any comments. That same request was NOT extended to Walleye Neighbors.

The Commission has an express mandate regarding public participation in Minn. Stat. 216E.08:

Guess again…

p.s. here’s what LIUNA had to say when I requested a short extension of time when I was retained at last minute by Walleye Neighbors, just one week before comments were due:

Another “just wow…”

Categories: Citizens

Archer House will stand into the fall; District details Covid protocols for athletics and activities; City translator Claudia Garcia keeping very busy

KYMN Radio - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 11:47am
by Rich Larson Nine months after a fire destroyed the interior of the Archer House, the building itself remains a crumbling eye sore on Division Street, surrounded by concrete barriers and chain link fence. A statement issued yesterday by Rebound Partners, the company that owns the land and the building, cast some doubt on any

ArtZany: Paradise Center for the Arts – Heidi Nelson 08-27-21

KYMN Radio - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 10:12am
Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes Heidi Nelson, Executive Director of the Paradise Center for the Arts to preview new shows in the galleries, the 100 Club Membership, and a concert with Harmonious Wail on Friday, 27 August. Paradise Center for the Arts 321 Central Avenue North, Faribault Hours: Wednesday, Thursday,

Erik Helgeson and Philip Harder on movie “Tuscaloosa,” filmed partly at Carleton & around Northfield

KYMN Radio - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 9:18am
Movie producer Erik Helgeson and director Philip Harder discuss their movie “Tuscaloosa,”  much of which was filmed at Carleton College and areas of Northfield in 2019.  This weekend the film premieres on the big screen in Minneapolis. The movie will be featured at The Parkway Theater tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at

Employment opportunity: Account Executive at KYMN

KYMN Radio - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 8:40am
KYMN Radio, 95.1 The One, is seeking to fill the position of Account Executive. This position requires dealing directly with clients to establish a tailored marketing campaign and requires advanced inter-personal, organizational, and writing skills.  The successful candidate must be self motivated with the ability to work independently.  An established account list will be provided,

Rain Garden Basics

Whether you’re interested in alleviating erosion in your yard or improving water quality in lakes and rivers, rain gardens are a worthy endeavor.  Not only utilitarian, rain gardens add interest and beauty to your landscape and make a great conversation piece.

If you’re curious about rain gardens but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered! Read on for the inside scoop on the brand new Knecht’s rain garden and some resources to help you make your very own. Bonus: now is a great time to plant! 

The Basics  of Rain Gardens

A rain garden is basically a bowl in a low spot that catches water and lets it soak into the earth rather than run off even further. The soil and roots collect and filter polluted water that would otherwise go into lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Rain gardens can also help reduce soil erosion and washouts.

Low spots that experience large amounts of runoff from downspouts and hard surfaces are excellent candidates for rain gardens. Wherever you decide to put your rain garden, the drainage should be good enough that the bowl drains within a day or two. The plants that sit in the bottom of the bowl should be able to tolerate high moisture levels and occasional standing water.

The University of Minnesota has an excellent guide on the benefits of rain gardens. The guide includes pointers on installation, size, and testing for appropriate drainage. They also have a helpful list of plants that are suited to each zone of the rain garden.

Our Rain Garden

We’re jumping on the bandwagon! Knecht’s just installed a rain garden in front of our greenhouses in an area that needed some runoff control. Why not turn a practical need into a beautiful garden? 

The moisture lovers for the low spots:

“Iceberg Alley” Sageleaf Willow (Salix candida ‘Jefberg’)

Iceberg Alley Willow provides great leaf texture and color and thrives in high moisture.

Lobelia siphilitica

Blue Lobelia brings in the bumblebees and hummingbirds and is a big fan of moist areas.

Lobelia cardinalis

Native cardinal flower is a hummingbird magnet and loves moisture.

Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana ‘Vivid’)

Obedient plant is a pollinator favorite and loves moist areas. The flowers stay in place if you move them!

Chocolate Joe-Pye (Eupatorium rugosum)

Chocolate Joe-Pye loves moist soil and provides interesting leaf color and texture and white blooms in late summer.

The dryer zones of the rain garden:

Butterfly flower (Asclepias tuberosa)

Butterfly flower hosts monarch caterpillars and does well in the upper zones of the rain garden. Bright orange flowers and interesting seed pods.

Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

Sneezeweed does well in medium moisture and brings in the pollinators with its late season blooms. 

Panicum virgatum ‘Cheyenne Sky’ 

Panicum ‘Cheyenne Sky’ is a beautiful switch grass with excellent fall color. Birds love the snackable seeds.

Follow along with us as we watch our rain garden grow! Not signed up for our newsletter? Sign up here for weekly updates on specials and sales, new arrivals, and helpful blogs.

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Categories: Businesses

The Weekly List – The Charlie Watts Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/26/2021 - 6:00pm
Yes, they are following a Rolling Stones show with another Rolling Stones show, but our hosts will not ignore the passing of a legend. Charlie Watts, the drummer of the Rolling Stones passed away this week, and Rich and Dan do their best to show him a little respect.

Archer House owners: Months before inn's remains cleared, longer to decide its future

Northfield News - Thu, 08/26/2021 - 5:41pm
It could be another two months before what remains of the Archer House River Inn is cleared from Division Street.
Categories: Local News

Sanctions? Good Explanation from Michigan Federal Court

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 08/26/2021 - 2:03pm

There are so many good paragraphs in here that I can’t pick out just a few!

Categories: Citizens

Apples, pumpkins and fall: Southern Minn. growers grateful for quality crops

Northfield News - Thu, 08/26/2021 - 1:45pm
Naturally when some people think of fall, apples, pumpkins and all things red, orange, yellow and brown come to mind.
Categories: Local News

NH+C announces visit, booster shot protocols; YMCA to host Healthy Kids Day

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/26/2021 - 12:02pm
by Rich Larson Northfield Hospital + Clinics has made a series of announcements regarding both revised visiting rules, and how they are approaching Covid-19 vaccination booster shots.  In a statement, the organization said visitor restrictions have been tightened as cases of COVID-19 increase, driven mostly by the highly contagious delta variant.   All visitors must be

Economics professor blends classroom learning and real-world applications

St. Olaf College - Thu, 08/26/2021 - 10:54am
Assistant Professor of Economics Marcus Bansah is sharing his expertise in economics inside and outside the classroom.
Categories: Colleges

St. Olaf becomes tobacco-free and vape-free campus

St. Olaf College - Thu, 08/26/2021 - 9:42am
St. Olaf College will become a tobacco-free and vape-free campus on September 1, 2021, a step that furthers the college's commitment to provide a healthy and safe campus environment for all. 
Categories: Colleges

Elizabeth Child, Rice County Area United Way

KYMN Radio - Thu, 08/26/2021 - 8:31am
Elizabeth Child, Executive Director of the Rice County Area United Way, discusses the organization and the distribution of funds.

Bridgewater wants industry, but township first needs zoning change

Northfield News - Wed, 08/25/2021 - 4:30pm
Bridgewater Township is taking the next step in developing what could be a new industrial park.
Categories: Local News

4-H'ers and their 4-legged friends

Northfield News - Wed, 08/25/2021 - 2:39pm
Find a list of the Rice County Fair winners in the Aug. 21 edition or online at
Categories: Local News

PUC staff excludes Walleye Neighbors’ Comments!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 08/25/2021 - 2:08pm

Yeah, just WOW! I cannot believe… in 25+ years practicing before the Commission I’ve not seen such utter failure to include public comments and address the concerns raised. Their notion of public participation is a farce.

In the Walleye Wind dockets, PUC Dockets IP7026/CN-20-268 and WS-20/384, PUC staff utterly excluded the Comments filed on May 20 by Walleye Neighbors of Minnesota and South Dakota. Our comments? Pretty weighty:

Walleye-Neighbors-Comment Aff Exhibits_5-20-2021Download

I doubt these comments were ignored. My guess is they didn’t want to deal with it and so swept it under the rug. Nope, ain’t gonna let that slide.

Here are the briefing papers, search for “Walleye Neighbors,” and you’ll find just one reference:

20218-177246-01_Staff Briefing PapersDownload

Whatever happened to public participation?

We’re on it:

Notice of Motion and Motion & Attachment1Download

The Commission meeting is tomorrow, starting at 9:15 a.m. Do I really need to get dressed and go to St. Paul? ABSOLUTELY!

Categories: Citizens

Hillmann: ‘District is prioritizing in-person learning;’ Dundas EDA sets budget for ’22; Fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/25/2021 - 11:41am
by Rich Larson After an emotionally charged school board meeting on Monday night, when the board heard a number of opinions about the mask mandate the school district has put in place to begin the school year, both for and against, Northfield Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matt Hillmann said that he is sympathetic to the
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