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More catalytic converters reported stolen; Bump outs and bike lanes back on agenda; Phil Graue named NAFRS Firefighter of the Year and 2 retirees honored 

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director If you own a larger vehicle, there are more reports of catalytic converters being stolen. On social media, the Dundas Police Department reported one removed from a bus several days ago. This was the second reported theft of that kind in the last month or so. In December, the Northfield

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How to be a Mindful Drinker – cut down, take a break, or quit

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:20am

Many of us may have imbibed a bit too much over the holidays. It’s easy to do. On today’s show, Teri Knight’s guest is Laura Willoughby with her new book, “How to be a Mindful Drinker – cut down, take a break, or quit”.  Maybe you want to give your system a flush, or you’d

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Noxious Weeds Spread to Eight New Minnesota Counties reports MDA – two are in Rice County

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:14am

St. Paul, MN: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed in 2019 five species of weeds on the state’s Noxious Weed Prohibited Eradicate List for the first time in eight counties. Weeds categorized as Prohibited Eradicate are the worst types of weeds. The law requires species on this list to have all above- and below-ground

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Fuegos en Australia por culpa del cambio climático

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/12/2020 - 10:16pm

Cambio de climático afectando a Australia y otros lugares del planeta.  

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Fine Tune #450 friends 12 Jan 2020

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/12/2020 - 7:15pm

A rich musical theme on this 450th (!) edition of Fine Tune… which wouldn’t exist without many fine friends: Fine Tune 01-12-20 #450 Delores’ Boyfriend / Allen Toussaint Find a Friend / The Zillionaires Friend of the Devil / Grateful Dead Bes’ Friends / The Lovin’ Spoonful Friend of Mine / Steve Martin & Edie

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Goodhue County mtg in news

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 01/11/2020 - 6:44pm
RW Republican-bEagle photo – HEY, there’s Muller!! Goodhue County approves refugee resettlement

County Board as they discussed refugee resettlement. There were extensive comments and questions by the Goodhue Co. Commissioners, a couple handouts in the packet, but they were not provided with the federal law.

What didn’t they get in the packet? Executive Order 13888_2019-21505, which initiated the requirement for consent, prior consent, to accept refugees. That’s new. The consent however, is a restatement of existing county policy. There was no copy of the ” Presidential Determination – 2019-26082_Refugee Admissions FY 2020″ which limits refugee admissions to 18,000, a severe cut from prior years. And a basic outline of the Refugee Resettlement Act and implementation of the law. So I sent the Commissioners that info. Also missing was Gov. Walz’ proclamation of consent:

Governor Walz to Trump Administration: ‘The Inn is Not Full in Minnesota’

Categories: Citizens

Fat Tire Bicycling on Northfield Outdoors

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/11/2020 - 11:45am

Andy and Dave talk with Marty Larson, an organizers of the upcoming “Snow Crush Fat Tire Race”.  A fat-tire bike is an off-road bicycle with oversized tires, designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft, unstable terrain, such as snow, sand, bogs and mud.  The 5th annual “Snow Crush Fat Tire Race” will

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Raider Wrap 1-11-20 Boys Swimming

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/11/2020 - 11:15am

Host Jimmy LeRue talks with Northfield Gators Head Coach Doug Davis along with captains Marcus Hauck, Dillon Smisek, Jose Gonzalez.  Also, AJ Reisetter wraps up the week in Raider Sports and talks with student athlet Spencer Klotz.

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Raider Wrap 1-4-20 Cheer Team and Girls Hockey

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/11/2020 - 11:00am

Northfield Raider Cheer Coach Laurie Sadowski and Girls Hockey Coach Paige Haley join host Jimmy LeRue.  AJ Reisetter rounds up the week in sports and talks with student athlete Karsten Clay.

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Women’s March Northfield MN January 18, 2020

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/11/2020 - 8:49am

Three years of marching, training, organizing, and building power – it’s all been leading up to this. In 2020, we have a chance to finish what we started three years ago. Rise up with our fellow sisters throughout the country on January 18th, 2020 meeting together at Ames Park (corner of 5th St. & Hwy

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Xcel wants to sell coal on market… DOH!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 6:04pm

How many years have I been saying that the purpose of this massive transmission build-out is to market coal elsewhere? Decades, folks, it’s been decades… And this latest from Xcel Energy, Notice of Comment period just out today, is demonstration that they plan to keep running those coal plants and selling it. Will the Public Utilities Commission care?

Here’s the newly released Xcel Energy plan, and a comment period:

Xcel Petition to Sell to MISO Market_201912-158520-01Download

The plan?

Here’s the Notice:

PUC Notice of Comment Period_20201-159014-01Download

What to comment about? From the Commission’s Notice:

Bulk power transfer was the whole point of the transmission build-out, to be able to sell anything generated at any Point A to any Point B. And then coal generated here could be sold elsewhere, eastward via transmission, while we use generation that isn’t quite so dirty (but that’s dirty in its own way). We’re so clean here in Minnesota… NOT! We’ve been a pass through for Dakotas’ coal for a while, and now, they’re asking permission to keep burning coal here and send that energy eastward.

They built all that transmission, no Commission I’ve seen has ever found a transmission plan they didn’t like and roll over for, and now we’re paying for it. Rate increases anyone? Are you paying attention to what’s pushing those rates up?

Why ever would I say that it’s all about selling coal? Well… there’s a bit of a pattern going here. There was the Chisago project, starting in 1996 and three iterations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, not to mention the WRAO report:

WRAO laid out many transmission lines and the Arrowhead transmission project, circa 1999, was selected as the be all and end all of transmission after many hearings were held, one hearing in Minnesota and THREE before Wisconsin PSC, the price kept going UP, UP, UP!

But then on September 8, 2001, a meeting with likely intervenors to see if they could be convinced to “approve” of the SW Minnesota 345kV line, remember that, Commissioner Matt Schuerger? I pointed out all that coal lined up in the SW MN 345kV study… and from there on to the SW MN 345kV line, part of ABB plan for coal:

Lignite Vision 21 Transmission Study IIDownload

Don’t ya just love that name? It says it all. Why the ABB Lignite Vision 21 Transmission Study? The opening paragraph, linked above, DOH! says:

The SW MN 345kV line was the part that’s running east to west on the lower part of that yellow map, from Split Rock sub to Lakefield Junction. Some claimed it was an “It’s for WIND!” line, but that’s a lie, just read that ABB study again. The powerflows showed that it wasn’t to carry energy off of Buffalo Ridge, there was just 213-302 MVA coming off Buffalo Ridge into the over 2,000 MVA capacity line:

How stupid do they think we are? Well, money talked, and that money ruled the day. That SW MN 345kV line and the TRANSLink Settlement Agreement and 2005 Transmission Omnibus Bill from Hell (and changes to Minn. Stat. 117.189) laid the groundwork to bring us $2+ BILLION of CapX 2020:

And then the MISO MVP 17 project portfolio, now over $6 BILLION:

And then they have the audacity to suggest we need MORE transmission?

Upper Midwest utilities to study transmission grid in light of ambitious carbon reduction goals

CapX 2050 Vision Study

So please explain how selling coal generated electricity on the MISO market is consistent with carbon reduction goals?

What a crock…

Categories: Citizens

Office Hours

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 5:12pm

The sign outside his door must have listed his office hours, but I don’t remember paying much attention to it. Instead, I’d follow the well-traveled path from The Times-Delphic newspaper office to the northeast side of Meredith Hall and crane my neck to assess the situation: was the sturdy brown wood door closed, or was it open?

Sometimes it was closed, and I'd wander around the north wing of the building, in case he was talking to a colleague in the hallway. Sometimes his door was open and another student was there, usually someone I knew (the J school was not large), and I'd have to wait my turn. But in my memory, when I really needed him, like the room of requirement in Harry Potter, he was there, ready and willing to listen to my problem or piece of news. He'd motion for me to sit in the guest chair, which was surrounded by near-toppling towers of books, newspapers and magazines, he'd lean back in his desk chair, and he'd look at me, expectantly.

When I delivered good news, his eyes would crinkle at the corners, his mouth would curve in a smile, and he'd say, "Wonderful, that's wonderful." When I posed a concern or described a problem, he'd stroke his long graying beard (made grayer, no doubt, with the help of those accumulated student concerns), and ask a series of thoughtful questions. He'd also listen, intently, to my answers. He was a masterful listener.

Every time I sat in that chair with a problem to solve, I hoped he'd simply tell me what to do. He never did. That was not his way. He would listen and elicit responses from me until I had thoroughly analyzed the situation and arrived at my own conclusion. He had a gift, a sometimes maddening in the moment but ultimately generous gift, of teaching us how to not need him.

No, that's not quite right; we do still need him. But he knew we would move on, into our professions and our adult lives, so he taught us how to think critically, to trust our instincts, to remain curious, and to learn from our failures. Because of that gift, a part of him will always be with us.

Amy Ryder, Randy Brown, Professor Woodward, and me in spring 1990Robert Woodward (1936-2020) arrived on the Drake University campus in 1972 and taught there until 2004 (and he continued to teach Honors classes after his retirement). As my friend and classmate Randy Brown says, when we attended Drake in the late 1980s, Woodward seemed timeless. He wore sport coats, collared shirts, and ties; he had a mane of brownish gray hair and the aforementioned beard; and he had numerous and varied interests including politics, baseball, and monarch butterflies.

I didn't piece it together until after he died that I am now the age he was, 52, when I was a college junior. I didn't know until I read his obituary that he wrote more than 200 songs in his younger days, that he had learned Swahili, that he served as editor of his own student newspaper.

As my friend and classmate Amy Ryder Butters says, "I don't think we knew how lucky we were to have him."

We do know, now.

Regrettably, I can't go back to his office and have one more chat with him. When I return to Meredith Hall tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 10), to celebrate his life, it will be difficult to walk those polished floors and know that his office door is permanently closed. I won't find him there, physically, ever again.

Instead, I will look for him in the faces of the people who knew and loved him as I did. I will picture him there in the crowd, smiling at the legacy he has left, nodding his approval while saying, "Wonderful. Just wonderful."
Categories: Citizens

Panel names 3 finalists for Rice County judgeship

Northfield News - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 4:45pm
The Commission on Judicial Selection on Friday announced the three candidates it has recommended for the governor’s consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable John T.…
Categories: Local News

Interim class meets with Sen. Klobuchar in Washington, D.C.

St. Olaf College - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 3:23pm
A St. Olaf College class studying fine arts and politics in Washington, D.C., during the month of January met with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at her office on Capitol Hill.
Categories: Colleges

Klobuchar Welcomes St. Olaf College Students to Washington, D.C. Senate Office

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 2:42pm

Students from St. Olaf College in Northfield are visiting Washington, D.C. this January for a course titled, “Democracy and the Arts” WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar met with students from St. Olaf College at her Senate office in Washington, D.C. The students, on a month long fine arts and politics course in

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City of Northfield receives grant for local energy project

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 1:55pm

January 9, 2020 It is an energizing start to 2020 for City of Northfield who received a $3,000 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) today. “We’re very excited to learn about the grant award,” said Beth Kallestad, City of Northfield program coordinator. “We can’t wait to get started on our project, Solar

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Incumbent commissioners likely to seek re-election

Northfield News - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 1:00pm
Along with weighing in on races for President, Congress and the state legislature, Rice County will need to fill three seats on its Board of Commissioners this fall.
Categories: Local News

Northfield’s T-21 could go into effect by late February; Nfld could see 1/2 cent sales tax on ballot; NAFRS Board to meet quarterly

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director T-21, is an ordinance that raises the buying age of tobacco to 21. Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson explains that there can be differences in the wording of ordinances voted on in any municipality, however, “the majority of them are not including language that makes it illegal to possess or

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City Council Work Session Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 10:47am
Event date: January 14, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

The Weekly List – The Rolling Stones

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:00pm

This week, on the anniversary of Charlie Watts joining The Rolling Stones and completing the band’s first great lineup, Rich takes a look at this classic era in that great band’s history.

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