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Chief Mark Elliott on Police Policy Task Force and Body Cams

KYMN Radio - Thu, 02/18/2021 - 8:52am
Northfield Chief of Police Mark Elliott discusses the composition of the Police Policy Task Force, its work in reviewing policies and its findings, and talks about body cams.

Inputs and Outputs

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Thu, 02/18/2021 - 8:18am

When you can’t write, read. Not writing is a function of not reading.

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Categories: Citizens

Xcel demand remains down

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 10:33pm

Xcel Energy’s 10-K for 2020 is out:

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Peak demand remains under 9,000MW:

Note the peak was 2006, we got close in 2011, but not above that 2006 peak. Right now, we’re 1,200MW below that 2006 peak, essentially the equivalent of Prairie Island nuclear plant’s two reactors.

We’ve got the surplus generation to make some choices, folks…

Categories: Citizens

Task force completes police policy review, supports body cameras

Northfield News - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 6:00pm
A citizen-led task force has completed its review of Police Department policies and is signaling its support for body cameras.
Categories: Local News

St. Olaf students create podcast about religion, social justice

St. Olaf College - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 4:02pm
Four St. Olaf students have produced a five-part podcast called "Amplifying Justice" which examines how faith communities can make a difference in the wider world.
Categories: Colleges

Townships to hold 2021 elections

Northfield News - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 3:16pm
Voters in each of Rice County’s townships will have the chance to make their views on local government known on Tuesday, March 9, when annual elections will be held and levies reviewed at annual town meetings.
Categories: Local News

‘Ole Avenue’ CPU approved without new parking; Longfellow and Sibley re-named; New Executive Director at Northfield Arts Guild

KYMN Radio - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 1:07pm
By Rich Larson, News Director After weeks of debate, the Northfield City Council voted last night to issue a conditional use permit to St. Olaf College for construction of the Ole Avenue Housing project, without approval of the controversial 28 new parking stalls the school had hoped to include.  The school is building a residence

Alumna is “planting the seeds” for inclusion in collegiate athletics

St. Olaf College - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 12:15pm
After creating her own major at St. Olaf, Sheridan Blanford ‘15 is breaking barriers in athletics administration as the inaugural associate athletic director for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Washington.
Categories: Colleges

Northfield man pleads guilty to role in 3 ODs, chooses prison, treatment

Northfield News - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 12:01pm
A Northfield man who pleaded guilty to selling dangerous opioids believed to have caused three overdoses in early 2018 opted to spend at least nine more months in custody as he continues drug treatment.
Categories: Local News

Texas — it’s a gas — natural gas… DOH!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 10:08am

That’s the ERCOT LMP map as of 9:53 a.m., 2/17/2021:

Texas largely relies on natural gas for power. It wasn’t ready for the extreme cold.

From the article:

Yes, Texas is heavily reliant on natural gas, so when natural gas fails “in the most spectacular fashion,” Houston, we have a problem:

That chart is from the NERC Reliability Assessment 2020, and the Texas (ERCOT) section begins on p. 137. Note this tidbit on p. 140 — clearly not effective:

Ummmm… “ERCOT does not foresee any adverse reliability concerns for the Texas RE-ERCOT assessment area associated with fuel supply or fuel deliverability constraints.”

But millions across Texas are not laughing… and some have died.

The Texas blackout crosses the border, where’s that wall when they need it:

Natural gas shortage in Texas causes blackout in Northern Mexico

Texas’ natural gas production just froze under pressure

From the article:

Natural gas wells and pipes ill-equipped for cold weather are a big reason why millions of Texans lost power during frigid temperatures this week. As temperatures dropped to record lows across some parts of the state, liquid inside wells, pipes, and valves froze solid.

Ice can block gas flow, clogging pipes. It’s a phenomenon called a “freeze-off” that disrupts gas production across the US every winter. But freeze-offs can have outsized effects in Texas, as we’ve seen this week. The state is a huge natural gas producer — and it doesn’t usually have to deal with such cold weather.

They aren’t the only problem when it comes to energy in Texas. The power outages have also stopped natural gas pumping facilities. In fact, over the past few days, just about everything that could go wrong has failed spectacularly. And the finger-pointing is only getting started. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for an investigation into why blackouts were so widespread.

“This was a total failure by ERCOT,” Abbott told KTRK Houston. “ERCOT stands for Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and they showed that they were not reliable.”

And here’s the gas industry downplaying and butt covering:

No Easy Answers as Texas Power Grid, Natural Gas Market Rocked by Unprecedented Cold Snap

And there are many mothballed gas plants around Texas with lots of transmission, the perfect place for siting wind and solar without a need for more transmission — the infrastructure is their waiting to be used. From Legalectric in 2007:

At least 11,500MW mothballed in Texas

And for those participating in the disinformation campaign, REAL NEWS:

Why Wind Turbines In Cold Climates Don’t Freeze: De-Icing And Carbon Fiber

p.s. Here’s MISO LMP at 10:55 a.m. 2/17/2021 — why orange up here, what’s that about:

Categories: Citizens

National Security This Week with Bill James, 2-17-21, (Navy League of the United States)

KYMN Radio - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 9:53am
Host Jon Olson talks with Bill James, President of the Minnesota Council of the Navy League of the United States. They discuss the role of the Navy League in supporting America’s four sea services—the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard, and the US-flagged Merchant Marine.

Housing and Redevelopment Authority Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 9:40am
Event date: February 23, 2021
Event Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location:
Northfield, MN 55057

Cathy Osterman and Lea Winston – Research: how Northfield handled 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic and Covid19 pandemic

KYMN Radio - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 9:07am
Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Cathy Osterman and Carleton student Lea Winston discuss a project undertaken by Carleton Historians for Hire to research how Northfield handled the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic and comparisons to the Covid 19 pandemic.  Click here for more information.

Rhonda Pownell and Ben Martig recap City Council meeting

KYMN Radio - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 8:48am
Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig discuss the February 16 City Council meeting including the St. Olaf student housing project, ordinance relating to 1% for the Arts, waiver of liquor license fees for 2021, police department policies, and more.

Practice Makes Perfect Sense

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 5:25am

Write for what it does to you. Seek pleasure over product. It’s you being you.

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Categories: Citizens

St. Olaf housing project approved, council nixes more parking

Northfield News - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 10:10pm
The Northfield City Council on Feb. 16 narrowly issued a conditional use permit for a 440-bed St. Olaf College housing project but rejected the addition of parking.
Categories: Local News

Change of Pace

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 7:44pm

The bears are onto something. Would it be nice to hibernate for these days of winter, when the cool comes through even the cupboards in your kitchen. Especially if during the human hibernation you still had access to your books. Until that day, rest as you need to. Accept that your body will go at […]

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Categories: Citizens

Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 5:29pm
Event date: March 7, 2021
Event Time: 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
304 Water Street S
Northfield, MN 55057

Rubbish in the roadways: State wants resident feedback

Northfield News - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 4:06pm
We’ve all seen it, whether it’s a plastic bag tumbling across the road or someone flicking a cigarette out the window, it’s on nearly every highway — litter. While the snow may be covering the majority of the problem, Minnesota…
Categories: Local News

Man pleads guilty to shooting car, probation anticipated

Northfield News - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 2:39pm
An argument between two family members last August in Faribault that led to a car riddled with bullets will result in a local man being placed on probation.
Categories: Local News
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