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The Weekly List – The Pride Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 6:00pm
This week, Rich and Dan are joined by Dan’s daughter Eiledon, who identifies as non-binary pan-romantic asexual with a very strong leaning toward femininity, as they celebrate Pride month.

I-35 interchange study part of transportation bill heading to governor

Northfield News - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 3:45pm
It’s an unusual birthday present, but Sen. John Jasinski will take it. Happily.
Categories: Local News

Supporting the Student Experience

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 3:11pm
A $1.1 million gift to St. Olaf is supporting the student experience on campus, with a focus on advancing equity and inclusion
Categories: Colleges

St. Olaf Theater: A Centennial Celebration, 1921–2021

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 3:05pm
Represented in decades, beginning with the genesis of St. Olaf Theater in 1880, the book celebrates the range of St. Olaf Theater productions and honors generations of artists.
Categories: Colleges

Giuliani suspended, temporarily…

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 2:50pm

Here it is, read it and SNORT!

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Categories: Citizens

Student View: Reflections from a year spent on campus

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 2:08pm
Art history and quantitative economics major Hongye Lyu ’21 shares her perspective of living on the Hill during the pandemic and facing the uncertainties of travel restrictions, visa status, and grad school as an international student. The experiences of our international students varied widely during the pandemic, and for many, this last year has been painful and challenging.
Categories: Colleges

Hardy Hibiscus: Tropical Flare in the Midwest Garden

Tropical style is all the rage right now. Caladiums fly off the benches. Cuttings of rare specimens sell for unimaginable sums. Monsteras have made ‘fenestration’ a household term. This is all well and good, but there is only one true queen when it comes to tropical flare in the Midwest landscape, and her majesty’s name is Hibiscus.

Also known as rose mallow, hardy Hibiscus boasts the same magnificently large and exotic blooms as tropical Hibiscus, but it will return year after year. Perhaps a nod to her tropical beauty, this plant doesn’t like to show itself until the weather heats up. It is often the last plant to emerge in early to mid June, at which point the explosive growth makes up for any lost time.

Hibiscus makes an excellent focal point in the sunny garden, a fine informal hedge, and a showy replacement for medium to large shrubs anywhere in the landscape. The huge blooms in mid to late summer look fantastic against Hydrangea blooms. Large leaved Hostas; tropical annuals like Canna Lily, Lantana, and Colocasia; and late summer blooming perennials like Rudbeckia would all make fantastic partners for Hibiscus. 

When choosing a site for hardy Hibiscus, consistent moisture and rich, fertile soil will yield optimal results. Excellent sun exposure ensures best vigor and abundant flowering. Finally, protection from tattering winds will keep the queen looking her best. 

The post Hardy Hibiscus: Tropical Flare in the Midwest Garden appeared first on Knecht's Nurseries & Landscaping.

Categories: Businesses

Murals to be installed in roundabout tunnels; ‘Wallflower Project’ needs host families; There is a Rice County Law Library

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 12:02pm
by Rich Larson, News Director The pedestrian tunnels under the roundabout at Highway 246 and Jefferson Parkway will be periodically closed beginning this week so that artists can install the murals that are part of the project’s original design. The four tunnels will be closed one at a time allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to safely

Following the Dream

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 11:30am
Kyle Obermann ’14 supports critical conservation efforts in China by using his photography to tell stories about China’s endangered species and habitats.
Categories: Colleges

St. Olaf joins national COVID-19 College Challenge

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 11:25am
St. Olaf has joined the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, a nationwide initiative led by the White House and U.S. Department of Education that aims to increase the number of students, faculty, and staff who are vaccinated against the coronavirus. 
Categories: Colleges

A Knack for Nurturing Community

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 11:14am
Katie Barnes ’13 explores the intersection of marginalized identities within the world of athletics as a writer for ESPN. It’s work that feels personal, and it serves as a daily reminder that their privilege can be used to support others across the many identities they hold as someone who is queer, nonbinary, multiracial, and Midwestern to the core.
Categories: Colleges

Making an Impact

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 11:10am
Five Oles steeped in the liberal arts speak to the strength of their liberal arts education.
Categories: Colleges

Elizabeth Decker Turner ’06 is building intentional, resilient, and equitable communities.

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 11:07am
Elizabeth Decker Turner ’06 is building intentional, resilient, and equitable communities.
Categories: Colleges

Novia Josiah-Isaac ’12 is helping refugees recover from trauma.

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 11:05am
Novia Josiah-Isaac ’12 is helping refugees recover from trauma.
Categories: Colleges

Mark Jansen ’90 is leading the world’s largest almond producing company.

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 11:03am
Mark Jansen ’90 is leading the world’s largest almond producing company.
Categories: Colleges

City eyes possible uses for state-owned land near Hwy. 3

Northfield News - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:57am
The city of Northfield is gauging its interest in a Minnesota Department of Transportation-owned facility off Hwy. 3 the state plans to abandon in early 2023.
Categories: Local News

Apoorva Pasricha ’14 is solving problems at the intersection of the public, private, and social sectors.

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 9:32am
Apoorva Pasricha ’14 is solving problems at the intersection of the public, private, and social sectors.
Categories: Colleges

Branden Moriarity ’07 is developing new cellular therapeutics for treating cancer and genetic diseases.

St. Olaf College - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 9:28am
Branden Moriarity ’07 is developing new cellular therapeutics for treating cancer and genetic diseases.
Categories: Colleges

Coal ramping UP! Xmsn shipping it OUT!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 9:08am

From a post about 2,100 MW of new transmission:

Developers of 2,100 MW MISO-PJM transmission line choose engineering firm

Let’s think about this a bit. This is a MISO to PJM transmission project. Transmission serves what’s on the line. In MISO, (see above) it’s coal, followed by natural gas, both fossil fuel, and those two followed by nuclear, the most toxic, dangerous, and expensive generation.

Amid all the bluster about climate change, coal generation has ramped up over the last year. Factor to consider — in May of 2020, not much was happening anywhere, so increased generation from then seems likely, to be fair, we need comparison to 2019, BUT, clearly the coal plants are NOT being shut down. And with our transmission build-out over the last 20 years, they can ship and sell it anywhere. What is it going to take to get this fossil generation shut down?

And look at PJM’s mix:

And again, much of the coal in PJM was smaller plants, except for that monster in West Virginia, smaller plants that were too expensive to run, not at all marketable, so they were shut down. MISO is another story, with large coal plants, transmission to get it from any Point A to Point B, and probably the last coal plant to be built, Warren Buffet’s 700MW MEC coal plant, served by the transmission build-out through southern Minnesota and across Iowa.

Why would we need more transmission? WE don’t. THEY DO, it’s a major part of their new business plan. As Lisa Agrimonti so aptly stated in a recent Grid North Partners Conference, it used to be about NERC reliability criteria, “a pretty simple story,” but now, “we need this transmission line to deliver energy more broadly” and it’s a more complicated need story.

Yeah, that’s what they’re wanting to do, for sure!

With the change from reliability to the general “we want it” corporate greed = need, how can a project be challenged?

Categories: Citizens

Dan Scheffler, new Frandsen Bank & Trust President

KYMN Radio - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 8:44am
Dan Scheffler, new President of Frandsen Bank & Trust of Dundas, discusses his background and experience and services offered at the bank.  
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