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Tips when Considering a Custom-Built Home

Northfield Construction Company - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:51pm
You’re familiar with the term “do-it-yourself,” right? It is versatile and can be applied to many areas of life, from crafts to food to clothes and so much more. Sometimes, you just can’t get something done right unless you do it yourself. At Northfield Construction Company, this is an attitude that we fully support. To....
Categories: Businesses

Draheim opposes security funds for Minneapolis; Ordinance considered for ‘1% for the Arts;’ Northfield Shares encourages Random Acts of Kindness

KYMN Radio - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director As the March 8 trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd grows near, Governor Tim Walz has asked the legislature for $35 million to pay for extra security in Minneapolis. However, his request is meeting some stiff opposition.  Among those opposed is Senator Rich Draheim, who said

The Sound and the Fury

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 02/16/2021 - 8:19am

There is so much noise in the culture. Like a bullhorn that blasts all manner of brilliance and buffoonery. (Which is taking your desire for alliteration too far. But even so.) You stick your head into the mind torrent because you think you need to. You crave real-time connection. Even if when that connection is […]

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Categories: Citizens

Despite long odds, local lawmakers, advocates push for legal weed

Northfield News - Mon, 02/15/2021 - 5:00pm
Despite long odds, a group of state lawmakers have again introduced a bill that would fully legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use.
Categories: Local News

WI Solar Application Requirements

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 02/15/2021 - 4:38pm

Solar is big in Wisconsin, as wind is in Minnesota, and like wind in Minnesota, there are no siting rules for solar in Wisconsin. A while ago, well, years ago, Jewell Jinkins Intervenors filed a rulemaking petition with the WI Public Service Commission:

Petition for Rulemaking_JJI_Solar

And lo and behold, as in Minnesota, they didn’t see any need for siting criteria and rulemaking and of course no need for rules requiring environmental review:

PSC Order_2-6-2019- Denial of Rulemaking Petition

And then yesterday, while strolling through the PSC Comment page, looking to assure that our solar docket comment option was working correctly, I found this:

WHAT?!?!?! And that was the 14th, comment period ends on the 15th! AAACK, one day.

Here’s the “Draft” of what PSC now thinks should be in an application for a solar project, and damned if it doesn’t bring up most of the issues we’ve been struggling to raise with the PSC for years now! READ THIS:

403214_Request-for-CommentDownload

And so with nothing else to do… NOT…after getting 53 revisions of testimony and reformatting of exhibits, I got ahold of my Grant County and Badger Hollow clients and we teamed up to do comments, and I slammed this together this morning:

Grant-County-Jewell-Jinkins-CommentsDownload

Do read the PSC’s proposal, it’s nothing short of amazing. The touch on all the issues, could be beefed up, but given all the difficulties we’ve had in getting issues a bit of consideration, and given the Commission’s rejection of our Rulemaking petition, like wow!!

Here’s everything filed in the docket as of today’s comment deadline:

PSC Docket 5-AFR-700 filings

On the other hand, their idea of who should be on the Service List is appalling, just the utility companies, municipal electric, and the usual toadies.

Solar AFR Mailing List

Earth to Mars, there are quite a few VERY LARGE solar projects going right now, how hard would it be to add all the intervenors and commentors to this list? This is 2021, the age of computers and electronic filing and hearings… JUST DO IT!

Categories: Citizens

Ole Avenue questions persist

Betsey Buckheit - Mon, 02/15/2021 - 1:40pm
Ole Avenue is St. Olaf’s planned residence hall/townhome project: This is an exciting project, mostly. New residence halls and townhomes will bring students back on campus, St. Olaf Avenue will be reinforced as the tree-lined entrance to the campus from downtown and the pretty, shady campus look and feel will extend further down The Hill. …
Categories: Citizens

Bridgewater Twp. prioritizes existing farmland, limits solar development

Northfield News - Mon, 02/15/2021 - 1:10pm
The Bridgewater Township Board of Supervisors this month signaled its desire to preserve farmland by issuing more stringent requirements in developing solar energy on existing crop land.
Categories: Local News

Lippert supports Clean Energy First; Covid changes in County Attorney’s office; City Council preview

KYMN Radio - Mon, 02/15/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson, News Director For the third year in a row, the Minnesota House Climate and Energy Committee has sent the Clean Energy First Bill to the House floor for a vote.  The bill would require utility companies to choose renewable energy sources as they do their strategic resource planning. Specifically, it would require

Winter Sowing for Flowers and Vegetables

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Mon, 02/15/2021 - 10:26am

During my recent interview with Michelle Mero Riedel about winter sowing—a budget-friendly way to start seeds outside in winter—she drew a distinction between winter sowing and spring sowing. Winter sowing is done between now and about March 31—and most of the seeds you are starting are for perennial flowers, those that will come back year ... Read More about Winter Sowing for Flowers and Vegetables

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Categories: Citizens

Froehle encourages young artists to be persistent, empathetic in the process

Northfield News - Mon, 02/15/2021 - 9:45am
Ceramic artist Joel Froehle feels very lucky to be living in Northfield surrounded by great artists and arts organizations.
Categories: Local News

Rachel Miessler and Milosha Malecha on Random Acts of Kindness Week

KYMN Radio - Mon, 02/15/2021 - 9:03am
Rachel Miessler and Milosha Malecha of the Northfield Shares Inspiring Volunteers Committee talk about celebrating ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ during this week and provide information about the mission of Northfield Shares.

Senator Rich Draheim on vaccines, job, and paying law enforcement during civil unrest

KYMN Radio - Mon, 02/15/2021 - 8:54am
State Senator Rich Draheim discusses the Covid vaccine rollout, jobs, and paying for law enforcement during civil unrest.  

A GIFT OF LOVE: St. Dominic volunteers donate 900 Valentine's cards to seniors

Northfield News - Mon, 02/15/2021 - 8:34am
Faced with the COVID-19-induced loss of in-person interaction and the hope they give to local seniors, members of the Church of St. Dominic knew there was still an underlying need.
Categories: Local News

Cool Night

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 8:55pm

How lucky to have one’s greatest obstacle be that of the weather!

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Categories: Citizens

Fine Tune #473 love 2021.02.14

KYMN Radio - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 7:20pm
A Valentine’s Day show of recent songwriters’ love songs, on this edition of Fine Tune: Love May Take a While / Pat Metheny // The Love That Got Away / Sara Watkins // You Can’t Hide Away From Love / Jamie Cullum // Some Kind of Love / Dido // Love / Paul Simon // The Love

All it takes

Carletonian - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 4:11pm

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Categories: Colleges

Quinto aniversario del programa y todo musical en San Valentin

KYMN Radio - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 3:56pm
Celebramos el quinto aniversario del programa esta pasada semana. El programa de hoy es todo musical para celebrar el amor y la amistad el 14 de febrero, San Valentin.  

Love

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 3:10pm

Oh sun, old friend, our star, bright light, where would we be without you on these dagger-air days of sub-zero highs?

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Categories: Citizens

Yes

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 1:10pm

The senses that so easily overwhelm you are the very same ones that allow you to feel so deeply. Your greatest challenge is the conduit of your most profound reward.

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Categories: Citizens

Acceptance

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 10:10am

Lament not that you are not higher functioning. Celebrate that you function at all.

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Categories: Citizens
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