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From the Hill to Real Life – How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

St. Olaf College - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 5:38pm
Learn about the St. Olaf Orchestra's debut performance at Carnegie Hall, as told by a musician, conductor, and alumnus.
Categories: Colleges

Co-authored by Senator Rich Draheim, MN Senate passes bipartisan agriculture budget that prioritizes rural broadband, value-added agriculture, and affordable workforce housing

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 3:40pm

Also invests in farmer mental health, manufactured housing, and home ownership  ST. PAUL, MN – Co-authored by Senator Rich Draheim (R-Madison Lake), the  Minnesota Senate passed the bipartisan comprehensive agriculture, rural development, and affordable housing budget bill. A component of the overall bipartisan state budget agreement between the Senate, House of Representatives, and Governor Walz,

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St. Dominic, Prairie Creek students win 2019 stormwater poster contest

Northfield News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 2:36pm
Seventy-seven students from all five elementary schools in Northfield took part in the 2019 Be the Solution to Stormwater Pollution poster contest. This annual event gives second- through fifth-grade students the opportunity to learn how they can take action for…
Categories: Local News

Nerstrand council approves bids for new fire hall

Northfield News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 1:41pm
Nerstrand is one step closer to getting a new fire hall.
Categories: Local News

Northfield city staff and council seek better engagement with community; NAFRS gets 25 candidates for firefighter positions; Lippert happy with education funding and provider tax, says legislators “acting like adults;” St. Dominic gets STEM grant and new

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director The Northfield City Council was presented with the 2020-21 budget calendar by city staff. City Administrator Ben Martig encouraged the council to identify priority areas, including more of the city’s cost drivers such as personnel costs, by their July work session; he also suggested that they move through policy direction

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Book Fair raises more than $67,000, to help with training, truck purchase

Northfield News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 11:51am
This year’s Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair raised more than $67,000, money expected to buy medical training equipment and help purchase a new rescue truck.
Categories: Local News

ArtZany: Author Laura Schroff, An Invisible Thread

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:16am

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes author Laura Schroff to share the story of her new young reader edition of An Invisible Thread. Based on the true story of Laura Schroff and Maurice Mazyck, An Invisible Thread Young Readers’ Edition shares the story of the bond between a young eleven-year-old boy and a busy sales executive.

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Kernal Buhler

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:12am

Kernal Buhler talks about the new senior living facility, Benedictine Living Community of Northfield, slated to open in November.  He also talks about his former role in communications for the Minnesota Vikings.  

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The St. Olaf Science Alliance is Making a Difference

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 9:36am

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recognized a group of St. Olaf students known as the Science Alliance, with the May 2019 “Making a Difference Award.”

The Making a Difference recognition is given out monthly to community members or organizations helping make Northfield an even better place for young people.

The Science Alliance is a STEM education outreach program bringing hands-on, exciting science experiences to 3rd-5th grade students in the Northfield area. Student volunteers visit throughout the school year at after-school programs and community outreach events. During the 2018-19 school year, Science Alliance members worked at Bridgewater, Sibley and Greenvale Park schools once a week from November and through May.

Savannah Stuckmeyer, Co-Coordinator at Greenvale Park Community School complimented the Science Alliance’s involvement. “Science Alliance has been helping lead clubs at the Greenvale Park PLUS program for several years. They are consistent, engaging, and the content they use to teach the students is unique. The purpose of the PLUS program is to extend the school-day without it feeling like school, and Science Alliance lives up to this standard. We often hear from our 4th and 5th graders that they enjoy Science Alliance and look forward to them coming each week.”

Elizabeth Valentine, teacher at Sibley, also had high praise for the group. “My third grade English language learners were studying the sun and we came across information about how the sun is made of hydrogen and helium. One of my 3rd grade students, who also participated in PLUS, said excitedly, ‘Oh yes, we studied atoms with Science Alliance and helium was one we drew’! What a great connection to other learning!”

Meeting with Science Alliance leaders and their faculty advisor, Professor Greg Muth, the students’ enthusiasm was evident. Julia noted it was a fun way to earn volunteer hours and get involved in the community. Jessica was always interested in science and felt her involvement contributed to a good cause. Helen said it gave her a chance to get off campus and helped her grow as a person. Another student, Jessica, said she had worked with kids since she was 12 and this was a way of learning and having fun. Paige’s favorite lesson was one in which they talked about different kinds of medical doctors. When she asked one of students what kind of doctor he wanted to be, he said, “A good one!” Muth has been involved since 2010 when the group started. He remains committed because he wants to get “the best young minds exposed to the field of education.”

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, visit northfieldhci.org/about/making-a-difference-award/ for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application – or find HCI on Facebook. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

Categories: Organizations

Representative Todd Lippert

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 9:34am

State Representative Todd Lippert talks about some of the legislation passed as the regular Legislative Session came to a close.  The Governor has called a special session today with the hope of wrapping things up.

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don’t forget the lilacs!

Lilac shrubs and trees. Sound a bit old fashioned? There are good reasons lilacs have been the go to choice for great landscape plants for so long.

Lilacs deliver with loads of luscious blossoms every spring and early summer. Lilacs are tough and versatile, able to deliver great performance decade after decade from International Falls all the way to the mid-continent states

Sun loving lilacs can prosper in difficult alkaline soils often found in southern Minnesota as well as mild and moderately acidic soils, and require properly drained locations. Avoid planting lilacs in wet spots.

The common lilac family is best known and produces 6 to 14 foot tall dense multi-stem large shrubs that are great for framing a portion of the landscape, or for privacy and windbreaks. Excellent varieties are Common Purple or White Lilac, Albert Holden, Charles Joly and Sensation.

Dwarf lilacs that typically grow to heights of 4 to 8 feet have gained in popularity since their smaller size makes them a good choice for modest sized properties. Some of my favorite are Dwarf Korean Lilac, Bloomerang Purple Lilac, Scent and Sensablity Lilac and the Miss Kim Lilac. The dwarf lilacs will do well in full sun to half sun areas, and just like their common lilac cousins, do require properly drained soils.

Dwarf lilacs are also useful as small trees, and the whole family of Japanese Lilac Trees can be a great choice where you want a small to medium sized flowering tree of 15-25 feet in height.

Are you old fashioned enough o give lilacs a try? If so, you will be rewarded with lovely blossoms and excellent hardiness.

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Categories: Businesses

MISF Awards STEM Grant valued at $7,500 to St. Dominic School

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 5:40am

Twenty-three STEM Grants awarded, valued at nearly $107,000. ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 23, 2019) — Twenty-three STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Grant Awards were presented to elementary and high schools throughout the state through MISF’s STEM Program at the 2019 Minnesota Private and Independent Education Awards on April 28th at the University of St. Thomas

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Sen. Rich Draheim, MN Senate pass final higher education budget

KYMN Radio - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 5:00am

 Bill caps student tuition, increases financial assistance programs, and seeks cost savings for students ST. PAUL, MN – On a broad bipartisan vote of 62-3, Senator Rich Draheim (R-Madison Lake) joined his Minnesota State Senate colleagues in passing the bipartisanhigher education budgetbill that puts the needs of students and families first by boosting scholarship funds,

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Mueller, Dodge attain All-America status in 10K at NCAA Championships

Carleton Sports - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:02am

GENEVA, Ohio – On day one of the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, sophomore Lucas Mueller and senior Tris Dodge both delivered All-America performances in the 10,000-meter run for the Carleton College men’s track and field team.

Categories: Colleges

PSC denies Badger Hollow Rehearing

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 4:02pm

Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission works in strange ways… Today they denied the Petitions for Rehearing in the three Badger Hollow dockets. Our Petitions:

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And though they were dated a week ago, they did not publish the Staff Memorandum for each until TODAY! That’s where the staff lays out the docket record (supposedly, but, well, read them) for the Commission:

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Suffice it to say, this is SO depressing. This case, siting 300 MW of solar on “exclusive agricultural” land, without siting rules, and tossing out our request for rulemaking so they’d have something to go by, is absurd. This is a HUGE project covering 3,000 acres, tying up and restricting use of that land for 30-50 years, coming into a long-established agricultural community and forever changing land-use, viewshed, property values, with no consideration for the people living there, farming there, taking away their use and enjoyment of their property.

Can you spell N-U-I-S-A-N-C-E???

Categories: Citizens

HRA Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 3:21pm
Event date: May 28, 2019
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Another Xcel deal…

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 3:16pm
Monticello looms above the Metro…

Over the many years, there have been many “agreements,” and over the many years, time after time, people affected by these “agreements” have come to me for advice, to represent them, as they’re faced with consequences of these agreements. What agreements? The 1994 (Chapter 641) and 2003 (Chapter 11) Prairie Island bills, the
Merger Stipulation Dec 15 1999, the 2005 Transmission Omnibus Bill from Hell (Chapter 97), the e21 Xcel Business Plan pieces dribbling into Omnibus bills 2015 (Chapter 1) and since. Now this:

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The two page agreement made public is in that filing. Note the requirements related to this docket and the IRP, to support, to facilitate, to not object to Xcel’s plan. They agree to “supporting the Company’s request to recover the undepreciated balance of the King plant as a regulatory asset through 2037… of the Sherco 3 plant through 2035” [which was just rehabbed and we’re paying for that now]. They agree to Sherco 2 use “on a seasonal basis until its retirement in 2023;” 706.4 GWh of energy efficiency savings annually (not cumulative, methinks?); support of decoupling, support of acquisition of at least 3,00 MW of solar before end of 3020; and support acquisition by bidding process and proposals of build and own.

They’re using this to gain approval of Xcel’s acquisition of the Mankato Energy Center doing an end run around the Integrated Resource Plan, due to be filed any second now.

This first came to my attention when I saw Sierra Club request withdrawal of its comments in the 18-702 docket, regarding Xcel acquisition of the Mankato Energy Center (MEC) gas plant.

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What? Withdraw Comments? That’s not possible. Once something is filed, it cannot be deleted. Hmmmmmm, what on earth is it that they want to withdraw? Here ya go, note these are the “public” comments, so some redactions:

20193-150876-02_Sierra Initial Comments_PublicDownload

Very well done Comments, eh? And note, they’re right in line with the Comments of the Office of the Attorney General – RUD, which concludes:

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And in a shorter version, ILSR hits the highlights:

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Looking at all of this, I had to weigh in. I’m so tired of these deals that are against the public interest, deals that inflict infrastructure and other harms on unsuspecting people. Unintended consequences? Intended consequences? Reckless actions not caring? It’s not that hard to envision the resulting problems.

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Really, I am so tired of these deals that are not in the public interest, and are all about rolling over for Xcel, giving them what they want, and getting a significant kicker for all that “support.” That’s how it’s happened in the past (remember all that funding for pushing transmission and coal gasification?), and odds are it’s no different today.

Remember the signs in so many windows, on so many lawns? How things change…

Categories: Citizens

Lois Riess indicted for the slaying of her husband in rural Blooming Prairie

Northfield News - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 2:11pm
More than 14 months after the body of David Riess was found shot to death in his rural Blooming Prairie home, his wife, Lois Riess, 57, has been indicted on first-degree murder charges by a Dodge County grand jury.
Categories: Local News
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