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NHS principal takes leave of absence; local educator temporarily takes helm

Northfield News - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 3:18pm
Longtime Northfield High School Principal Joel Leer will be on an unpaid leave of absence this fall as he travels the world with his family.
Categories: Local News

Dodge Co. Wind – Request to Suspend Schedule, and WITHDRAW xmsn application

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 3:17pm

Oh my… just in, a request to suspend the permitting schedule for Dodge County Wind, the Certificate of Need, the wind site permit, and to WITHDRAW the transmission route permit!

There are 3 Dodge County Wind dockets, a Certificate of Need (17-306), wind siting (17-307), and transmission (17-308).  Process wise, it goes to PUC for approval, and the PUC will probably announce a comment period in all 3 dockets. Then Commission will meet, and approve the withdrawal of the transmission without prejudice, so they can refile when they have a workable plan. That withdrawal process will take some time.

That time is an issue, because I don’t see any way they can come up with a transmission plan and get it through the MISO transmission studies to get a permit and start construction by year end.  Tax credit implications — they have a problem. 

As to the suspension of Certificate of Need and wind siting application proceedings, I’d like to see them dismissed without prejudice also, not suspended, gumming up the works at the Commission.  We shall see.

This transmission was absurd from the get-go, a 345kV line with what, a 2,200MVA capacity, for a 170 MW project? They said it was part of a regional interconnection, from the application:

Oh, really? Don’t see it in the MISO MTEP. It’s not… and it’s a radial line, and you just don’t build short radial 345kV lines!

Here are Dodge County Wind’s requests for suspension and withdrawal:

DCW+Motion+to+Suspend+Procedural+ScheduleDownload 20198-155194-01_Withdrawal_TransmissionDownload

“On August 9, 2019, DCW withdrew its MISO interconnection queue position no. J441, because of the significant interconnection costs associated with that queue position.”

Oh my… what does the MISO DPP Report have to say about that? Just search this report, issued July 25, 2019, for “J441.”

I figured the PUC should have that MISO report in the record:

Overland Comment_Suspension and Withdrawal of Dodge County Wind 8-14-2019Download GI-DPP_2017-FEB-West_Phase2_System_Impact_Report_Public366110Download

And check out the summary page on p. 149 of the 150 page pdf.

After getting the 345kV route alternatives “C” and “D” ejected, not to be considered in the FEIS, this is just the icing on the cake!!

Dodge Center Xmsn – Mission Accomplished!

Here’s some background info from just over a year ago:

Dodge County Wind info presentation July 29th, 2018

From the very beginning, with Dodge County Concerned Citizens working hard to inform people of the project, all three dockets, and Dodge Center’s Tom Applegate going door to door and encouraging people to write comments and send photos showing how the transmission line would affect their neighborhood in Dodge Center, this public input helped call the entire project into question.  With the DEIS rejecting transmission alternative routes C and D, and with the MISO interconnection study showing so many network upgrades needed at a very high cost, this project is no longer viable.  The people affected by this project have had a tremendous impact.

Categories: Citizens

Hy-Vee investigating possible data breach

Northfield News - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 2:40pm
Hy-Vee, Inc. is investigating what it's calling "a data incident involving its payment processing systems" at some of its fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops and restaurants.
Categories: Local News

Northfield police have multiple goals for 2020-21 budget

Northfield News - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 2:05pm
The Northfield Police Department hopes to hire a fourth patrol sergeant and an evidence technician, purchase body cameras and replace radio equipment within the next two years.
Categories: Local News

Missing person from Edina

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 1:17pm

UPDATE: The BCA reports at 8:13am 8/15/19 Canceled Alert – Melinda Larson was located safe. Thank you to all who helped look for her. The Edina Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance to locate Melinda Ann Larson, age 64. Larson left on foot from her assisted living facility in Edina, MN on 08/13/2019 at

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Several arrests for DWIs; Northfield School Board approves building contracts for Greenvale Elementary; It’s thumbs-up for backyard chickens

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director There were several arrests for DWIs in Rice County over the last week, including a Faribault woman with multiple convictions. 39-year-old Jennifer Denise Eckart was arrested in Bridgewater Township last Thursday after State troopers and Rice County deputies responded to a rollover crash on Highway 3 at 130th Street East.

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New location will allow HealthFinders Collaborative to expand services

Northfield News - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 11:32am
On May 1, 2019 HealthFinders Collaborative closed on the purchase of the former I & S Engineers & Architects building at 1415 Town Square Lane in Faribault. The purchase will facilitate a major expansion of HealthFinders services for residents of…
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Randall Knox, Emma Scholes, and Braeden Kluzac

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 9:46am

Civil Air Patrol Captain Randall Knox and Cadet Senior Master Sergeants Emma Scholes and Braeden Kluzac are guests of the morning show. Scholes and Kluzak recently completed the Civil Air Patrol Emergency Services Ground Team Academy and both completed the requirements for certification as CAP Ground Team 3 and are qualified to serve on missions

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Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 9:15am

Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig discusses last night’s Council work session on budgeting. He also discussed the recent developments regarding Bridgewater Township and Waterford Township.

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Senator Rich Draheim chairs Senate Select Committee on Home Ownership Affordability & Availability

KYMN Radio - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 5:06am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/13/19 Inaugural meeting of bipartisan committee focuses on home ownership across Minnesota ST. PAUL, MN – On Tuesday, August 13, Senator Rich Draheim (R-Madison Lake) chaired the first meeting of the bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Home Ownership Affordability and Availability. Headed by Draheim, the committee focuses on solutions to combat Minnesota’s

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Ask the Contractor: Design-Build vs. Design-Bid-Build

Northfield Construction Company - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 3:00am
We know that construction lingo can get confusing. There are acronyms, slang terms, and more. A question that we often get asked is the difference between design-build and design-bid-build. And what are the pros and cons of choosing one over the other? Design-Build:   The owner of the build hires a company to complete all tasks....
Categories: Businesses

U.S. Attorney's Office agrees to prosecute 1 of 3 bank robberies

Northfield News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 3:00pm
Federal prosecutors agreed Friday not to prosecute a Bloomington man for two area bank robberies and illegally purchasing five guns in exchange for an admission of guilt in a January robbery at Northfield’s Premier Bank.
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Public open house set August 20 for Hwy 21 paving project near Faribault

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 2:48pm

SHIELDSVILLE, Minn. – The public is invited to attend an information open house on Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Shieldsville, west of Faribault, to learn about a planned paving project on Hwy 21 in 2021, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Representatives of MnDOT and others will be available to answer questions and provide information

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Man sentenced in murder of toddler in Eagan foster care home

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 2:33pm

August 13, 2019 MEDIA RELEASE   Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Charles Wayne Homich, age 28 (address unknown), was sentenced today to 300 months in prison by Judge Christopher Lehmann in connection with the death of 3-year-old Zayden Lawson, a foster child in the care of Homich’s girlfriend, Zeporia Fortenberry of Eagan, in

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Woman charged in Inver Grove Heights crash that killed a pedestrian

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 2:29pm

August 13, 2019 MEDIA RELEASE Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Breyona Sadi Cotton, age 30 of Inver Grove Heights, has been charged* by summons with one count each of Leaving the Scene of a Collision Resulting in Death and Failure to Notify Police of a Collision Resulting in Death (both felonies), in connection

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Court of Appeals upholds decision in favor of Northfield; Public comment continues on Wolf Creek Autobahn EAW; Northfield Council holds budget retreat

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director In a debate that’s gone on for nearly a decade, yesterday the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the City of Northfield over Waterford Township. In March, a Dakota County judge declared that the 1980 annexation agreement with Waterford was null and void. But the disagreement began in 2010

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Firearm safety training registration

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:01am

Register for Firearm Safety!  Community Services is offering this course in partnership with The Cannon River Sportsmen’s Club. Please register by Thursday, August 22.  Students must be 11 years old by the start of the class. There is no maximum age limit. Classes and a field trip will cover safe gun handling, gun safety in the home, care

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Jenelle Teppen

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:48am

Dundas City Administrator, Jenelle Teppen, discusses last night’s Dundas Council meeting including final payments for roadwork on Stafford and Cannon roads. They also amended the code regarding keeping chickens.  

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Collaborating and Innovating with People who Change Lives

St. Olaf College - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 9:56am
As a vice president at Campbell & Company, Adam Wilhelm '03 collaborating and innovating with people who change lives through philanthropic vision and action.
Categories: Colleges
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