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Raider Wrap with Jimmy LeRue and AJ Reisetter 1-15-22

KYMN Radio - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 11:25am
We go skiing on todays program with Alpine Head Coach Tracy Clossen. AJ kicks off the program with the Raider Score board with all the scores and highlights from the past week. Activities Director Joel Olson enlightens us as to all activities and COVID Protocols due to the newest outbreaks. This week in meet the

City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 3:00pm
Event date: January 18, 2022
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 2:59pm
Event date: January 18, 2022
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Additional charges filed in 2-county identity theft case

Northfield News - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 2:29pm
A Florida woman is facing new charges in connection to an alleged case of identity theft that took place in Owatonna, Faribault and Northfield.
Categories: Local News

Limited hours, limited choices: It’s time to reconsider certain COVID restrictions

Manitou Messenger - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 1:30pm

Hannah Goldner Niederman
Contributing Writer 

Existing on a college campus can be a difficult experience for so many reasons, and Covid has only made it more difficult. Being on Olaf’s campus during this time is absolutely a rare and great opportunity in comparison to other colleges that are completely online, but that does not mean that the choices being made about student life are right. The recent decision to change meals to be scheduled compounds a huge issue facing interim students on campus — access to food. 

 

What was already reduced hours for both the Caf and the Cage has now become a minefield of scheduling conflicts and an increase of the question on many students’ minds, “Do I have time to eat today?” As someone who has been dealing with an eating disorder for many years, I already struggle with convincing myself to nourish my body with care and intention. I have spent many months working on teaching myself how to eat properly again, and now I find that progress has moved back to square one. Having only 45 minutes to eat at a set time with no alternatives is a slippery slope for all students, and extra difficult for those, like me, who already struggle with not nourishing themselves. This decision to limit open meals is supposed to be in response to Covid risk, but making this the only readily available food option can also create the opposite impact. Having little access to food on campus is only encouraging students to go off campus for food or to order delivery, which brings outside people into our “closed” community. 

 

If you do find yourself going to the caf despite the new regulations, then there is the problem of the cafeteria’s limited options as well. Many would argue that St. Olaf has always had limited vegetarian, kosher, vegan, halal, gluten free, and allergy safe options. With the supply chain and understaffing issues faced during Covid, options have become even more limited. I see my friends struggling to convince themselves to go to the cafeteria but knowing that if they don’t, they might end up hungry or spending money they don’t have on delivery or vending machines. 

 

It is difficult for me to understand how this was the decision that seemed the smartest, especially when Covid spreads in so many ways. Not every student eats in the caf., not every student goes to every meal, and not many are using the mealtime as a free-for-all maskless social gathering. Making a rule about this may seem like a straightforward way to limit exposure in the eyes of an administrator who does not live the life of a residential student, but it is simply not. It pains me to see this restriction alongside weekly experiences of walking past touring groups, visitors on campus, basketball games filled with maskless attendees, and non-college student visitors. It feels like hypocrisy right in front of my eyes, just begging me to say, “Why do the rules apply to some and not others?” 

 

It has begun to feel like the school is saying that they value some students over the overall health and wellness of the rest of the campus. Policies should be made with care for the risk of everyone, with special consideration for those suffering disproportionate harm. Every decision made can have unintended consequences, but when the consequences impact the health of the student body, it is time for a deep reconsideration of that decision. 

 

Hannah Goldner Niederman ’23 is from Skokie, Ill. Their majors are gender and sexuality studies, political science, and race and ethnic studies.

 

Categories: Colleges

John J. Sletten: Northfield's artist and cobbler

Northfield News - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 1:29pm
Before mounting an art exhibit featuring 10 of Northfield resident John Johannes Sletten’s works, Cathy Osterman hesitated a few days before going forward.
Categories: Local News

Planning Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 12:56pm
Event date: January 20, 2022
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Archer House demolition begins; Council addresses Board & Commission concerns; Hillmann praises Arcadia, Prairie Creek

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 12:02pm
After more than a year of emotion filled conversation and debate, as well as some significant community wide mourning, demolition crews have begun the process to take down what is left of the Archer House River Inn.  The hotel, which was constructed and opened in 1877, was heavily damaged by a fire in November of

COVID-19 testing options — not the Emergency Department

Northfield News - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 10:01am
COVID-19 testing is key to managing the spread of Omicron. A test can tell if you’re infectious even if you don’t have symptoms – so you can take precautions right away and protect others. Omicron is spreading so fast that…
Categories: Local News

Carrie Carroll of Northfield Shares encourages service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

KYMN Radio - Fri, 01/14/2022 - 8:56am
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 17, and Carrie Carroll of Northfield Shares encourages people to make it a day “on”, not a day “off”.  There are many volunteer opportunities to be found on the volunteer hub at the Northfield Shares website.

Mineral leasing in Superior Nat’l Forest – more hearings Saturday & Tuesday

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 01/13/2022 - 12:49pm

A few weeks ago I’d published notice of the “hearings” for comment on the request to withdraw leasing and a 20 year moratorium — there was a moratorium, but in 2017, the previous administration withdrew that moratorium, that previous administration also renewed the Twin Metals leases. WTAF?!?! So this moratorium request is to go back to where they were, to reinstitute the moratorium, to address the environmental issues they’d started on, and to take a 20 year pause on leasing for extractive exploration. This does not affect existing leases, only new ones.

BLM & USFS Comment Period on Withdrawal of Leasing for Mineral Exploration December 21st, 2021 Comments are due January 19, 2022:

And press release from BLM:

Biden Administration Takes Action to Complete Study of Boundary Waters Area Watershed

They’re hosting zoomies over three days. Yesterday was the first. You supposedly have to register to get the link, though I sent Alan my link and it worked for him. I was #67 for commenting, #67 of 173 who’d requested time to comment, and I did get to comment after nearly THREE HOURS of waiting, and I was one of the last! They shut down the meeting at 4 p.m., leaving about 100 people without an opportunity to comment.

Here are the next two meeting dates, Saturday and Tuesday, and a link to “register” and ask for time to comment — maybe you’ll “win” the lottery as I did? I think odds are better at Treasure Island.

Register for the Meeting on Saturday, January 15, 2022, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., CST at https://blm.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_q9OWw5P3TSuvACoQ2o6gnQ

Register for the Meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., CST at https://blm.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_rs2ueUYaQ-CoRO25s2bLqA

When you register, you’ll get a link to zoom right away, and then you’re notified whether you’ve been selected to make a comment 3 days before the meeting.

Send comments by January 19, 2022 to F. David Radford, Deputy State Director of Geospatial Services, BLM Eastern States Office, RE: Superior National Forest Withdrawal Application, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041, OR via email to BLM_ES_Lands@blm.gov (in subject line, “Superior Nat’l Forest Withdrawal Application). Comments need to be made in the record, blathering on anti-social media does NOT count.

Documents thus far that I could find:

Scoping
Categories: Citizens

County Board combines, expands Social Work and Corrections departments; Northfield schools geared up for virus spike; How to observe MLK Day

KYMN Radio - Thu, 01/13/2022 - 12:32pm
The Rice County Board of Commissioners approved the merger of the County Social Services Department with the County Corrections Department on Tuesday, creating a new County Department of Community Services. While the move to streamline services in an effort to provide more holistic care to the citizens of Rice County was not a surprise, the manner in which the

Off-shore wind noise

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 01/13/2022 - 12:08pm

This came up again today, and studies popped up — if there are important ones not here, please let me know in the comments (with a link!!):

Ocean-Noise-and-Marine-Mammals_10564Download Underwater-noise-emissions-from-wind-turbines_Betke-2004Download Ocean_bio-acoustics_and_Noise_Pollution_OCR_2002Download How loud is the underwater noise from operating offshore wind turbines_Pine_2012_0051790 (with several articles linked too)Download

Note how this one sets it up: “Wind farms’ operating companies have increased their interest in noise impact due to resistance from people settling in the proximity of new projects.: See study:

Simplified-Assessment-on-theWind-Farm-Noise_energies-13-05788Download

This one is interesting because it specifies use of ISO 18406 (2017) (percussive pile driving), and not ISO 9613-2. Keep a lookout in these studies for ISO methodology, because as we saw with Freeborn Wind, GI/GO — gotta use the right measurement methods and criteria. So check out this article from Acoustics Today:

The-Underwater-Sound-from-Offshore-Wind-Farms-Jennifer-AmaralDownload Acoustic-impacts-of-Offshore-Wind-Energy-on-Fishery-Resources_33-4_mooneyDownload
Categories: Citizens

Heritage Preservation Commission Meeting - CANCELED

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 01/13/2022 - 10:34am
Event date: January 13, 2022
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

The Other South Poles

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 5:31pm

In addition to the geographical South Pole, with its actual south pole, Antarctica has three other salient southerly “poles.”

I’ll be honest and say that I don’t understand enough about science to really understand either the magnetic south pole or the geomagnetic south pole, but suffice to say that the former is the spot where the lines of the earth’s magnetic field point straight up from the surface of the earth, and the latter is… a theoretical spot where a theoretically regular magnetic field would emerge? Sort of? Maybe someone on my trip can explain it! Wikipedia says this, unhelpfully:

The south magnetic pole is the point on Earth‘s Southern Hemisphere where the geomagnetic field lines are directed vertically upwards. The Geomagnetic South Pole, a related point, is the south pole of an ideal dipole model of the Earth’s magnetic field that most closely fits the Earth’s actual magnetic field.

Anyhow, neither one is anywhere near the South Pole. The magnetic South Pole moves about three miles a year. It’s now located in the Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean off the north (ha!) coast of Antarctica, just outside the Antarctic Circle and on its way to New Zealand.

The Magnetic South Pole,” Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

And but so, the other other south pole is quite a bit easier to explain, and both quite a bit cooler and colder: the Pole of Inaccessibility! Quite straightforwardedly, this is the spot on the Antarctica continent that’s furthest from the Southern Ocean in each direction (that is, north, north, north, and south).

Loneliest place on Earth,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation

It’s about 500 miles from the South Pole, about 12,000 feet high (just a shade under the altitude of the highest spot in the contiguous U.S.), and pretty much impossible to reach except by air or unless you were the Soviets in 1958, who established a base there during the International Geophysical Year. Those crazy commies abandoned it a few years later. All that’s there now is a weather station (the forecast is always for cold and wind) and apparently a bust of Lenin.

Yeah, I’d visit.

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Categories: Citizens

National Security This Week with Dr. Raymond Kuo (China, Taiwan and The South China Sea)

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 4:05pm
  This week host Jon Olson discusses the Chinese interests in the South China Sea with Dr. Raymond Kuo of the RAND Corporation.

Gonzalez-George elected School Board Chair; Northfield to seek federal funding for water treatment plant, other projects; Dundas seeks new hires

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 12:02pm
The Northfield School Board met on Monday night for their annual organizational meeting, and among other developments, Claudia Gonzalez-George was elected as the new Board Chair.  Julie Pritchard, who has led the board for the past seven years, announced at the beginning of the meeting that she would be stepping aside as board chair. Gonzalez-George

Ben Martig discusses Northfield City Council Work Session

KYMN Radio - Wed, 01/12/2022 - 8:20am
Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig discusses the January 11 City Council work session.
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