Blogosphere

“Improper installation” cause of structure fire; Body cams approved for Dak. Co. Sheriff’s Deputies; Dundas Public hearing held open; Nfld School District wins Government Innovation Award

KYMN Radio - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director Late Monday night, the Faribault Fire Department, Police and North Memorial Ambulance responded to a structure fire at 728 Lyndale Ave.  Smoke was coming out of the roof of the building on their arrival. Chief Dustin Dienst reports that crews made entry and found smoke coming from the wall near

The post “Improper installation” cause of structure fire; Body cams approved for Dak. Co. Sheriff’s Deputies; Dundas Public hearing held open; Nfld School District wins Government Innovation Award appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Lisa Monet

KYMN Radio - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 11:16am

Lisa Monet, co-owner of Alibi@Froggy Bottoms and Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville is Wayne’s guest.  

The post Lisa Monet appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Incidental “take” permits are history – 2 year anniversary

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 12/25/2019 - 11:21am

That’s an eagle who’d been feasting on the carcass in the foreground as I drove across 110th in Freeborn County. There’s a nest off to the right (west) a bit that the Freeborn Wind developers and Dept. of Commerce don’t want to acknowledge. Wind projects are supposed to be a ways from eagle nests and foraging grounds.

A CNN article today raised this issue today, near the 2nd anniversary of a tRump administration “clarification” that stated that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act does not prohibit incidental takes.

From that CNN post:

According to emails obtained by the Times, when the Michigan Department of Natural resources emailed the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service seeking clarification if it could cut down trees, they were told “The recent M -Opinion also removes the prohibition to removing trees with active nests as long as the intent of the action is the cutting of the trees (in this case for timber harvest).” The agency did lay out potential ways to limit the damage done to the birds and nests, but noted those actions were “strictly voluntary.”

So it looks like taking down trees with nests in them would be OK for right-of-way clearing, or removing “hazard trees” by wind project?

Wind and transmission projects in this area often, if not always, have required eagle take permits (how many Decorah eagles died due to transmission lines? Four, I think!). But with the tRump administration “deconstructing the administrative state” at every turn, well, guess what was issued? Open season on migratory birds. It’s the 2 year anniversary of removal of protections:

Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does Not Prohibit Incidental Take_12-22-2019_m-37050Download

From this memo

For the reasons explained below, this Memorandum finds that, consistent with the text, history, and purpose of the MBTA, the
statute’s prohibitions on pursuing, hunting, taking, capturing, killing, or attempting to do the same apply only to affirmative actions that have as their purpose the taking or killing of migratory birds, their nests, or their eggs.

Yes, you heard that right, as of December 22, 2017, federal policy, interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, requires an take permit only for those activities that have the PURPOSE of “taking” a bird covered under the Act. So we won’t be seeing take permits required for wind and transmission projects.

And yet despite that policy turn around, he says things like this last week at “Turning Point.” He probably doesn’t even know that incidental takes are not an issue for wind projects:

So they make these things and then they put them up.  And if you own a house within vision of some of these monsters, your house is worth 50 percent of the price.  They’re noisy.  They kill the birds.  You want to see a bird graveyard?  You just go.  Take a look.  A bird graveyard.  Go under a windmill someday.  You’ll see more birds than you’ve ever seen ever in your life.  (Laughter.)

You know, in California, they were killing the bald eagle.  If you shoot a bald eagle, they want to put you in jail for 10 years.  A windmill will kill many bald eagles.  It’s true.

And you know what?  After a certain number, they make you turn the windmill off.  That’s true, by the way.  This is — they make you turn it off after you — and yet, if you killed one they put you in jail.  That’s okay.  But why is it okay for these windmills to destroy the bird population?  And that’s what they’re doing.

But FYI, bird takes have dropped dramatically in technology changes since the days of the Altamont Pass small turbine bird blenderizers. With larger, slower blades, spaced further apart fewer birds die. But some do! Particularly an issue if turbines are installed in migratory pathways, or foraging areas. Hence the need for a take permit, for siting away from bird areas, an attempt to put a limit on kills. That bird kills have been lowered doesn’t mean there’s reason to eliminate the take permits, no reason to eliminate prohibitions. WHY?

Categories: Citizens

Year in Review: The biggest Northfield stories in 2019

Northfield News - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 4:14pm
2019 was a year of action in Northfield.
Categories: Local News

Have Yourself A Classic Christmas from Christmas Eve

KYMN Radio - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 4:00pm

Nat King Cole, Pentatonix, and the Muppet (a lot of Muppets) and more on the Christmas Eve edition of Have Yourself A Classic Christmas. You can find all of Logan’s show on kymnradio.net by searching Classic Christmas. Thank you to everyone who listened to my show, if it was for 10 hours or 5 minutes

The post Have Yourself A Classic Christmas from Christmas Eve appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Structure Fire Damages Building  

KYMN Radio - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 8:18am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               CONTACTS: Chief Dustin Dienst Structure Fire Damages Building    At 11:24 pm on December 23 2019, the Faribault Fire Department, Faribault Police Department and North Memorial Ambulance responded to a structure fire at 728 Lyndale Ave.  Smoke was coming out of the roof of the building

The post Structure Fire Damages Building   appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Tight labor market has Census Bureau hiking wages

Northfield News - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 6:00pm
After failing to hit preliminary hiring targets, the U.S. Census Bureau has hiked wages for the thousands of part-time workers it hopes to hire across the state in the coming months.
Categories: Local News

City's muni posts slight drop in revenue but expects growth in coming years

Northfield News - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 3:28pm
Northfield Municipal Liquor saw a slight drop in revenue last year but expects growth in the coming years as local competitors become more entrenched. Revenue could increase further if plans for a new liquor store materialize.
Categories: Local News

Why do Oles make the best teachers?

St. Olaf College - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 2:59pm
Andrew Atwood '18 doesn't just teach elementary school students about music — he inspires them to love it. It's a style of education that he experienced at St. Olaf, and is committed to carrying forward.
Categories: Colleges

DJJD Committee presented $7k in donations to NH&C as part of their Give Cancer the Boot campaign

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:45pm

This morning the Defeat of Jesse James Days committee presented two checks totaling $7,000 to local area cancer treatment centers housed within the Northfield Hospital as part of their Give Cancer the Boot campaign. Rebecca Peterson who has been the Chairperson of the event since its inception in 2014 was on hand for the presentations.

The post DJJD Committee presented $7k in donations to NH&C as part of their Give Cancer the Boot campaign appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

The Weekly List – Christmas Songs That Aren’t Really Christmas Songs

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:36pm

This week, as we wind down from the Big Day, guest host Sara Larson, provides us with a list of Christmas songs that aren’t really Christmas songs.

The post The Weekly List – Christmas Songs That Aren’t Really Christmas Songs appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Xcel 2019 Host Capacity Report

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:33pm

Red Wing has had a lot of outages in recent years, distribution for sure, not transmission. We’ve had intense storms, trees down, lines down, even one on our block that affected the rest of the block but not us up along West.

Utilities regularly cut maintenance and upgrades of distribution and transmission lines in a short-term short-sighted effort to save money. That’s a byproduct of deregulation — what caused the 2003 blackout across the eastern interconnect was utility failure to maintain transmission easements.

Distribution lines are the primary source of power outages, caused by something as simple as a car careening into a pole, or a tree falling on a line, and frequently squirrels in the substation (fried squirrels rate a category in outage reports). Distribution outages can also be caused by too much load on a distribution circuit, or lines aging beyond useful life, both of which can be addressed by reconductoring, putting in a new line and at the same time using a larger conductor for increased capacity. Substation modifications would also be necessary.

Utilities, well, Xcel Energy, has a habit of proposing transmission “solutions” for distribution issues, evident in the Hiawatha (CN-10-694 and TL-09-38) and Hollydale (CN-12-113 and TL-11-152) transmission line dockets. To look at dockets, go HERE and search using year number and docket number.

Xcel Energy filed its Biennial Transmission Projects Report.  BUT it filed the Integrated Distribution Plan separately. It also filed the Hosting Capacity Report separately:

201911-157103-01_2019 Hosting Capacity Report & CoverDownload

Initial Comments area due December 30, 2019, Reply Comments due January 17, 2020.

NOTICE – Extension of Comment Period 201912-158277-01Download

For comparison, 2017:

201711-137070-01_2017 Hosting Capacity ReportDownload

This is really important, because by looking at the substation and distribution capacity, it’s easy to tell if their “transmission” project proposals are indeed for transmission needs or distribution, something that should be used in siting, but which isn’t. It’s also easy to tell where the utilities are neglecting their duty on the distribution side. We’ve had a lot of distribution outages in Red Wing, particularly on the west side of town… once more with feeling, here’s the map:

Why all the red and orange?

From the 2019 Report (note the grey “TRADE SECRET” redactions – peak load is taken out:

Here are the details from the 2017 Hosting Capacity Report, nothing “redacted,” but the Peak for substation and that distribution circuit are not included:

Let’s take a close look at the Hiawatha and Hollydale transmission areas, Hiawatha (PUC Dockets CN-10-694 and TL-09-38) and Hollydale (PUC Dockets CN-12-113 and TL-11-152). Hiawatha transmission WAS BUILT, ostensibly to address reliability issues around Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Need wasn’t adequately challenged. Hiawatha transmission was built, underground, and look — but did it “solve” the distribution problems? Here’s a lot of yellow, orange and red nearby in areas ostensibly served by these substations!

And from a prior Legalectric post ((Hiawatha Project Comments due tomorrow October 25th, 2011):

And let’s look at Hollydale transmission area, which was ostensibly needed for the huge load along Hwy 55 and 694. Need was challenged and Hollydale was NOT built. The plan is to upgrade the distribution system, with larger transformers and higher capacity conductors. This shows that the 694 & 55 corridors are just fine, and that upgrade of the distribution system in Plymouth is exactly what is needed, and only what is needed:

And another old Legalectric post (Hollydale Xmsn Report at long last! June 7th, 2016) had these predictions, first state of distribution in 2016:

Prediction of system for 2036:

Note that you can see the 694 and Hwy 55 corridors, they’re yellow and orange for 2016 map, and yellow, orange, and red for 2036. Once more with feeling, in the 2019 Hosting Capacity map:

2019, the 694 and Hwy 55 corridors are GREEN, GREEN, GREEN, lots of space. Go figure.

Another issue, in the 2019 Hosting Capacity Report, as noted above, is that the details are deemed “TRADE SECRET.” WHAT?!?! WHY?!?!

Not OK. They’re withholding that information, and we’re only able to look and guess, and that’s pretty hard for people to do, even those of us mired in transmission.

It’s time to challenge that “TRADE SECRET” designation of the peak loads.

Categories: Citizens

Morristown man on probation for selling drugs, back in jail; Two major road projects set for 2020 in Rice County; Mac Gisme named 2020 Living Treasure

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director A Morristown man is in jail after Faribault police are called to the American Legion on a pair of intoxicated men in a vehicle in the parking lot. The driver, 21 year old Austin James Valenzuela was arrested after a search of the vehicle revealed ¾ of a pound of

The post Morristown man on probation for selling drugs, back in jail; Two major road projects set for 2020 in Rice County; Mac Gisme named 2020 Living Treasure appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

That Was Awkward – the Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 11:20am

Teri Knight’s guest today is Emily Flake. A keen observer of human behavior and life’s less-than-triumphant moments, her book, “That Was Awkward – The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug”, is a wildly funny book of illustrations, observations, and advice to get you through your next clumsy physical encounter with another human. Emily shares

The post That Was Awkward – the Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

A PERFECT FIT: Northfield assistant principal retires after more than 35 years

Northfield News - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 9:56am
In 1983, Northfield Assistant Principal Jeff Eckhoff moved to the community with his wife, Ellen Connolly-Eckhoff, to become a Northfield High School physics and environmental studies teacher.
Categories: Local News

Nfld ACC announces 2020 Living Treasure Award Winner

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 5:05am

Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission in partnership with FiftyNorth announces the 2020 Living Treasure Award winner Mac Gimse The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield, in partnership with FiftyNorth, is pleased to announce the selection of Mac Gimse as the 2020 recipient of the City of Northfield’s Living Treasure Award. The Living

The post Nfld ACC announces 2020 Living Treasure Award Winner appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

10% OFF Knecht’s Gift Certificates

Wrap up your holiday shopping with 10% OFF Knecht’s Gift Certificates!  This week only – December 16-20, 2019.  Call to order over the phone or stop in during our office hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 2:00.

Knecht’s Gift Certificates can be purchased in any amount and they never expire or decrease in value.  If you’re unable to stop in at the office this week to pick yours up, just give us a call!  We are happy to mail them to you or directly to your recipient.

Knecht’s Nurseries & Landscaping Office:  507-645-5015

The post 10% OFF Knecht’s Gift Certificates appeared first on Knecht's Nurseries & Landscaping.

Categories: Businesses

Unusual Gifts for Gardeners in the North

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 11:01am

It’s the time of year when lists of gifts for gardeners are everywhere, and while any gardener would love an amaryllis bulb, a pruning snip or a new set of garden gloves, sometimes you want something a bit more unusual. Here are a few gifts for gardeners that aren’t expected. An Olla. I bought this ... Read More about Unusual Gifts for Gardeners in the North

The post Unusual Gifts for Gardeners in the North appeared first on My Northern Garden.

Related posts:
  1. Three Gifts Especially for Northern Gardeners Tis the season for lists of gifts for gardeners. There...
  2. Three Books for Beginning Veg Gardeners in the North A few years ago (gosh, it was 10!), I did...
  3. How to Grow Lemons in the North (Plus a Recipe) I’ve been watching this sweet little Meyer lemon tree for...
Categories: Citizens
Syndicate content