Wisconsin seeking extradition of potential homicide suspect

Northfield News - Wed, 07/07/2021 - 1:00pm
The state of Wisconsin is seeking the extradition of a Red Wing woman who reportedly led law enforcement on a high speed chase using a vehicle stolen from a suspected homicide victim last week.
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One suspect charged in LaFontaine death investigation; Draheim discusses senate hearings; Council approves MetroNet

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/07/2021 - 12:02pm
by Rich Larson Yesterday, Rice County officials charged one of four suspects in the apparent murder of Chris LaFontaine in Greenvale Township last week. Stephanie Peabody, age 25 of Red Wing, has been charged with fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and fleeing an officer by other means.  Authorities said Peabody led Northfield police on a high-speed chase

Arts and Culture Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 07/07/2021 - 10:48am
Event date: July 12, 2021
Event Time: 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

Library Board Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Wed, 07/07/2021 - 10:47am
Event date: July 14, 2021
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
201 Washington St
Northfield, MN 55057

Development of Paulson property with Brett Reese and Steve Schmidt

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/07/2021 - 9:17am
Brett Reese of Rebound Partners and Steve Schmidt of Schmidt Homes discuss the plans to develop the Paulson Tree Farm Property.

Mayor Rhonda Pownell and artist Adam Turman

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/07/2021 - 9:10am
Mayor Rhonda pownell and artist Adam Turman discuss the murals currently being installed in the tunnels underneath the new Jefferson Parkway roundabout.

Northfield Legion down 3-2 in rain-delayed game

Northfield News - Wed, 07/07/2021 - 6:38am
Some baseball is better than no baseball.
Categories: Local News

AG’s Office tells gas utilities where to go!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 07/06/2021 - 11:07pm

The Office of Attorney General’s Residential Utility Division (OAG-RUD) has told the gas utilities in search of recovery for its EXTREME supply expenses during the natural gas price spike in February where to go… or more correctly, where NOT to go — that this should NOT come out of ratepayer pockets — that it’s the on the shareholders. YES! Love it when this happens.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has an “investigation” into the massive gas price spike in February, and how the huge price spike and increased costs should be handled (Many other states’ Commissions have opened an investigation too). Thus far, it’s appeared that the Commission’s intent is to pass it on to the ratepayers and spread it out so it’s not so painful. But not so fast folks! It’s so heartwarming to read a pleading, particularly one filed by Office of Attorney General – Residential Utilities Division, where they say “NO!”

Read it HERE:


There are three ongoing dockets at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission looking at the “gas crisis” from February.

Now pay attention, because this HUGE gas spike was only 2-3 days:

Some background Legalectric posts:

Texas — it’s a gas — natural gas… DOH! February 17th, 2021 It’s still a GAS! February 28th, 2021

The PUC is looking at a few questions, but what troubling is that the Commission seems to presume that the utilities will recoup from ratepayers! This presumption was evident in previous Commission meetings, and was disturbing, to put it mildly!

There are three dockets trudging along on the same path, and to look at all the filings go to eDockets and look up the dockets:

  • 21-135
  • 21-138
  • 21-235

In May, the Commission issued another Notice of Comment Period and noted these issues, followed by a laundry list of topics for comments:

The AG’s Office minced no words and told them “NO!” For example:

Once more with feeling — ENJOY!


I’m particularly interested in storage, because a client lives above Minnesota’s only gas storage dome, an at least 10 square mile just north of Waseca, with 7 billion c.f. of natural gas stored below. A gas intermediate (not peaking) plant was proposed there, first a very small one, then one 10 times that in MW, and thankfully neither was built.

Knowing about that storage (and too many Minnesotans do not), storage was the focus of my comment in this docket last February:


OAG-RUD did address the failure of the gas utilities to utilize storage:

Bottom line to the OAG-RUD?

Categories: Citizens

Woman placed on probation for 4 years in 2020 chase

Northfield News - Tue, 07/06/2021 - 2:54pm
A Woodbury woman who led officers on a January 2020 chase was placed on probation for four years Tuesday in Rice County District Court.
Categories: Local News

Prosecutor: Woman led officers on chase using vehicle stolen from homicide victim

Northfield News - Tue, 07/06/2021 - 1:56pm
A Red Wing woman who allegedly led law enforcement on a high speed chase using a vehicle stolen from a homicide victim has been charged in Rice County District Court.
Categories: Local News

Draheim’s budget impressions; Dunn happy with reforms; NEA, District negotiating

KYMN Radio - Tue, 07/06/2021 - 12:02pm
by Rich Larson Senator Rich Draheim said yesterday that he is proud that legislators were able to put partisan politics aside last week in order to work out a budget agreement and get their work done.  But Draheim said there were certainly frustrations. Many good ideas from both sides of the aisle were abandoned. In a divided legislature compromise

Northfielder's new poetry collection about closely observed life

Northfield News - Tue, 07/06/2021 - 10:23am
Diane LeBlanc has always loved writing, beginning when she took a formal poetry class while attending a small elementary school in Vermont. LeBlanc is now a published writer, teacher and book artist.
Categories: Local News

Sam Temple on Northfield Public Broadcasting videos

KYMN Radio - Tue, 07/06/2021 - 9:01am
Sam Temple, Northfield Public Broadcasting Station Manager, talks about video highlights of Northfield events and activities that can be accessed on the Northfield Public Broadcasting webpage.  Examples are a montage video of the Pride in the Park event, Metronet coming to town, and more.

Southern Minnesota fairs remain embedded in local economy and traditions

Northfield News - Mon, 07/05/2021 - 12:07pm
As events return in 2021, so does a beloved summer tradition: town fairs and festivals.
Categories: Local News

Greenvale Township death investigation continues; Lippert generally pleased with final budget; Dundas revitalives Economic Development Authority

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/05/2021 - 12:02pm
By Rich Larson Two suspects are in custody and authorities are still pursuing another in connection with a murder in Greenvale Township on Friday. On Friday afternoon a family member went to check on Chris LaFontaine at his home on the 31500 block of Foliage Avenue in Greenvale Township. That person saw three people leave

Noontime Organ Recitals continue to highlight unique music selections

Northfield News - Mon, 07/05/2021 - 9:33am
Although it is one of the most complex of all musical instruments, Britannica Encyclopedia lists the organ has the longest and most involved history, and with the largest and oldest existing repertoire of any instrument in western music.
Categories: Local News


Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 07/05/2021 - 9:02am

What advice do you wish you could pass on to your younger self? “Why did you ever get into this?” [Laughs.] To be serious about it, I’d probably say always look for the truth, even though truths can be elusive. I’m always inspired by the words of T.S. Eliot: “For us, there is only the […]

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Categories: Citizens

Senator Rich Draheim on Senate activities

KYMN Radio - Mon, 07/05/2021 - 8:38am
State Senator Rich Draheim talks about business being conducted by the Senate which is still in session.

Independence on the Cannon

KYMN Radio - Sat, 07/03/2021 - 6:30pm
Your favorite Christmas music show team brings you a special one off presentation to mark the United States of America’s 245th birthday. Hosts Rich Larson and Corey Butler discuss ideas on patriotism and American philosophy while playing you a well curated group of songs about America.
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