St. Olaf celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events

St. Olaf College - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 12:26pm
St. Olaf will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events on January 17 and 18 that honor the civil rights leader's legacy and lessons.
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Smith ‘proud’ of No Surprises Act; Traffic fatalities up in state, down in Rice County; City Council preview

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 12:02pm
Senator Tina Smith has co-sponsored a new law that will keep patients from having to pay unexpected bills from emergency situations that they were not expecting.  Under the No Surprises Act, excessive out-of-pocket costs will be restricted, and emergency services must continue to be covered without any prior authorization, and regardless of whether a provider

School district's drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic adds another health aide

Northfield News - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 11:53am
From the wide window on the north side of the Northfield public schools district office, health aide Deb Gottfried watches the four to five cars parked outside at the curb, while inside she monitors the 10 test readers.
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Omicron surge response dominates first school board meeting for 2022

Northfield News - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 9:32am
With new School Board Chair Claudia Gonzalez-George at the helm, much of the discussion and reports at the Jan. 10 Northfield School Board meeting took a backseat to the looming topic of managing COVID-19 with the omicron variant surging in…
Categories: Local News

Dr. Matt Hillmann on School Board meeting, Covid update

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/11/2022 - 8:28am
Northfield School Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann discusses the January 10 School Board meeting, announces that Claudia Gonzalez-George has been elected as the new Board Chair, and provides a Covid update.

New charges filed after man fails to report back to jail

Northfield News - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 4:17pm
A Northfield man is facing new criminal charges after he allegedly failed to report back to the Rice County Jail following a furlough granted in November.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 3:22pm
Event date: January 17, 2022
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Biennial Xmsn Report Comments Filed

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 2:13pm
Balloons v. transmission near Stillwater
(yes, that’s as bad as it looks!)

Every other year, there’s a “Biennial Transmission Projects Report” filed with the state (funny how that works), and here’s the most recent one:

2021 Biennial Transmission Projects Report

And then Comments are due on it… voila!

Overland_Comment_1-10-2022Download Attachment-A_NERC_LTRA_2021Download Attachment-B_MTEP21-Full-Report-including-Executive-Summary611674Download Attachment-C_202110-179119-04_Vol-2B_Testimony_Benson_XmsnDownload

And the Dept. of Commerce Comments are delightful:


Particularly this part:

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Mosaic Apartments building evacuated Saturday after extensive water damage

Northfield News - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 1:51pm
Frozen-then-broken pipes and fire sprinklers caused enough flooding to force an all-building evacuation Saturday for residents of the 45-unit Mosaic Apartments building.
Categories: Local News

Area county attorney’s offices deal with backlog

Northfield News - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 12:33pm
As the COVID-19 pandemic nears its two-year anniversary, one local county attorney’s office is taking drastic steps to catch up on a significant case backlog, while others have had to adapt, in order to keep pace with cases, while keeping…
Categories: Local News

Franek makes his retirement official; Lippert will find ways to connect rural citizens and the DFL; Library to help kids do their homework

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 12:02pm
After months of speculation and some unofficial pronouncements, Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service Chief Gerry Franek has finalized his plans for retirement.  Last week, Franek sent a letter to the NAFRS Board, stating that his final day as Chief will be next Tuesday,  January 18th.  “While it has been an honor to serve our Northfield community

City Council Work Session Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 11:12am
Event date: January 11, 2022
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Officer Potter’s conviction has ripple effect for local communities

Northfield News - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 11:02am
Last month, former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter’s conviction on manslaughter charges in the April 2021 shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, made Minnesota once again an epicenter for the discussion around police reform and racial justice.
Categories: Local News

City Council Work Session Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 10:57am
Event date: January 11, 2022
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Economic Development Authority Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 01/10/2022 - 10:11am
Event date: January 27, 2022
Event Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

The Pole at the South Pole

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sun, 01/09/2022 - 5:23pm

The South Pole that everyone thinks of is technically the geographical South Pole, the southern end of the earth’s axis of rotation, a fairly straightforward concept. As much as I’d like to go there someday, the trip I’m taking at the end of January doesn’t go anywhere near the South Pole. At our closest point, we’ll be about as far from the geographical South Pole as Chicago is from Los Angeles. Antarctica is big.

One reason I’d love to visit the South Pole is to see the literal South Pole:

The Guardian

The location of the literal south pole changes constantly as the ice at the South Pole flows, at a rate of about 6 feet a year. At least once a year, scientists at Amundsen-Scott station relocate the pole, topping it with a new marker. Here’s the 2021 marker:

Via the South Pole Station

And here’s the 2022 marker, which features the amazing “True South” design that’s an emblem of the snow and water of Antarctica.


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KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/09/2022 - 10:09am
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The Bonneville Report on Xmsn and MORE!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 2:31pm

I’m cleaning the office, trying to move into 2021 with less reliance on paper and more on electronics. That could be asking for trouble, but the piles and piles I’ve got here, decades of utility work, it’s going to topple the house. So I’m continuing my practice of scanning or finding on-line many of these reports and posting them here so I can find them, and others can too.

Years ago, circa 1999, maybe 2000, during the Arrowhead transmission contested case in either Minnesota, working out of a garage and staying in a tent, or Wisconsin, a two month long hearing from hell, rooming with Cassidy, one of two German Shepherds where we were staying…

… I received a “brown paper envelope” copy of “The Bonneville Report,” a report that was issued by Bonneville Power Administration and very shortly thereafter, it was disappeared, and it later returned. The copy I received was a later version, circa 1996. I present to you World Organization of Landowner Freedom’s Exhibit A:


And here’s a 1989 version:


And here’s another great one that shouldn’t be forgotten, particularly as Xcel’s Benson, in rate case testimony about transmission, notes rehab of the King-Eau Claire-Arpin transmission line:

Northern MAPP/Northwestern Ontario Disturbance June 25, 1998


Buffalo Ridge Transmission PlanDownload

And an interesting report, wherein Xcel forecasts peak demand:


And as they start the shift to “economic” need:


And for those ready to shut down Prairie Island Nuclear Generation Plant:


And anyone remember when “Wind on the Wires” was a program of the Izaak Walton League? This was in 2001, the beginning of the machinations and set up for the big transmission build-out, the SW Minn 345kV line was the first out the gate, and gave Xcel/NSP the start it needed. And below, read the minutes, this transmission that we’re all paying big bucks for is the impact of the enviro sell-out.

National Wind Coordinating Committe – Minutes 5-01Download

Note the part about the “settlement agreement,” for that SW Minn 345kV line!

And here, introducing “Wind on the Wires,” an Izaaak Walton grant program, “identifying the highest priority transmission upgrades and working with utilities, state and federal regulators, and local communities for their completion.” Thanks a lot:

And a LOT of old Arrowhead info, contracts, costs, even application!


And from the “Wisconsin Western Interface Alternatives” (still looking for online), this precursor of CapX 2020 and MISO’s MVP Portfolio below – which ones HAVEN’T they built?

Saving and posting for posterity…

Categories: Citizens

Nights at the museum planned for January, February

Northfield News - Sat, 01/08/2022 - 12:00pm
No need to bring a sleeping bag for these nocturnal adventures; just a curiosity about local history.
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