NH+C bars visitors from facilities, to close two clinics

Northfield News - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 3:00pm
Northfield Hospital and Clinics announced Friday no visitors are allowed at the health system's facilities and it is closing some of its facilities Monday to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Categories: Local News

Governor Tim Walz Announces Partnership with YMCA to Care for School-Age Children of Emergency Workers

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 1:55pm

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today announced that Minnesota will partner with the YMCA to care for the school-age children of emergency workers in Minnesota. The YMCA will open 38 locations across Minnesota to provide access to distance learning and care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade, coordinating with school districts. The

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Houses of worship cancel in-person services, go to online broadcasting

Northfield News - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 1:15pm
Most worship centers in the region have postponed in-person public services and activities through at least early April, but many are getting creative, finding ways to broadcast and stream services online or taking measures to make church visits safer.
Categories: Local News

Invasive insect discovered in Rice County

Northfield News - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 12:20pm
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed Friday that emerald ash borer has been found in Rice County. It’s the 22nd county in the state with the invasive insect.
Categories: Local News

AFCL appeals PUC denial of EAW Petition

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 12:19pm

On Wednesday, Association of Freeborn County Landowners filed an appeal of the Public Utilities Commission’s denial of AFCL’s Petition for and Environmental Assessment Worksheet. It was mailed Certified Mail yesterday, as required by statute, and today, filed on the PUC’s eDockets:

AFCL Appeal – PUC 3-20-2020_CorrespondenceDownload

The PUC really screwed this up, in so many ways. Granted there are few Petitions for EAW to the Commission, and Commission staff may not be familiar with EQB rules and process. However, in the only other Petition for Environmental Assessment Worksheet/EIS, they denied a Motion and then a Petition for EAW forwarded by the EQB, and it was sent back to the Commission by the Appellate Court:

In the Matter of Minnesota Power’s Petition for Approval of the EnergyForward Resource Package

Lesson not learned. We’ve been trying to get environmental review of wind projects for how long now, particularly given the demonstrable impacts, actual and constructive notice, beyond the “potential” for environmental impacts. Bent Tree noise excedences and landowner settlements? What more is needed?

Bent Tree Order filed by PUC

In the Staff Briefing Papers, which is staff’s recommendation to the Commission, over and over it was said that the Petition was insufficient because there were not 100 signatures, but there were 380+ signatures! In the Staff Briefing Papers, over and over it was said that the Commission could declare the Petition insufficient, when it is NOT the Commission’s job to address sufficiency, that was already determined by the Environmental Quality Board, which validated the Petition and forwarded it to the Commission for action! Read the Briefing Papers… really, it’s that absurd:

Attachment E_PUC Staff Briefing PapersDownload

I fired off a letter requesting correction, which never happened:

Attachment F_AFCL to PUC-False StatementsDownload

And even after denying AFCL’s Petition, they went further, and provided “notice” in an email to the EQB that the Board had made its decision:

Attachment B_PUC Notice to EQB 2-13-2020Download

And that “notice” was published in the EQB Monitor on February 18, 2020:

Attachment A_EQB Monitor-2-18-2020Download

And yet to this date, they’ve not filed an Order or the Record of Decision on this decision! WHAT?!?! Yes, really!!

I’d sent a letter to the EQB about the Commission’s failure to file the Order and Record of Decision nearly a month ago:

Attachment C_AFCL Letter to EQB 2-28-2020Download

STILL NO ORDER OR RECORD OF DECISION. There are no Findings of Facts to explain, to support, the Commission’s decision. I guess it’s harder to make them up than staff thought?!?!

Meanwhile, the appeal deadline of a decision on an EAW Petition is 30 days after the notice is published in the EQB Monitor. Minn. Stat. 116D.04, Subd. 10. It’s kind of hard to Appeal a decision without the necessary documents, so I can guess that’s one more reason the Commission has chosen not to file! Oh well… ONWARD!

Prior posts on AFCL’s Petition for Environmental Assessment Worksheet:

Freeborn EAW – more time! EQB forwards EAW Petition to PUC Petition for EAW – Freeborn Wind
Categories: Citizens

Nfld Chief updates community; Lippert shares legislation related to pandemic; Chamber to feature Virtual H&G show; Woman injured by horse; Spring flooding lowered

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director  Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson updated KYMN listeners on the City’s emergency management of the covid crisis. He said they’ve seen some fantastic examples of community support and ideas, businesses that have stepped up to help in ways unseen to the public. As he said at the Tuesday council meeting,

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ArtZany: Heidi Nelson, Paradise Center for the Arts

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 11:02am

Today in the ArtZany Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes Heidi Nelson, Paradise Center for the Arts Interim Director. Paradise Center for the Arts 321 Central Avenue North Faribault, MN

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Rep. Todd Lippert

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 10:41am

District 20b Representative Todd Lippert discusses legislative issues regarding Covid-19 and more.

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Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson

KYMN Radio - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 10:10am

Chief Nelson updates the community, shares their Emergency management of the pandemic and more.

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Local nonprofits express concern for low-income people as coronavirus spreads

Northfield News - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 8:40am
Local nonprofit agencies on Thursday said already razor-thin profit margins and a shark spike in demand have them worried that a prolonged coronavirus pandemic could be perilous for their future.
Categories: Local News

The Weekly List – The Comeback Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 7:00pm

This week, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s return to the NBA, Rich brings us a list of songs by comeback artists.

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From rural Minnesota to Nashville, Luke Simonson finds his path in music

Northfield News - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 6:00pm
At 26, southern Minnesota native Luke Simonson already holds an impressive resume as a professional musician now living in Nashville.
Categories: Local News

For how long? Newly-released data shows low unemployment in January, as thousands now seek benefits

Northfield News - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 5:31pm
County-specific unemployment figures for the month of January were published as scheduled by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development on Tuesday, with February’s numbers set to follow close behind at the end of this month.
Categories: Local News

A Tale of Two Rooms

Pegasus Librarian - Iris Jastram - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 5:10pm

Like many, I found myself setting up what I think of as a “pop-up home office” this week as we all scramble to slow the spread of the coronavirus (#WFH #CatsWorkingFromHome).

I was homeschooled until college, so I’m very used to the personal routines and dispositions that make working from home work for me. Plus I have good technology infrastructure available both at home and from work, and I don’t have kids, so all in all I’m one of the very very lucky ones.

So here’s where I am with this new life (for now, at least).

In the morning before work, I do all my normal calm, quiet, relaxing morning stuff in my living room as usual, snuggled on the couch with the cat. I knit while watching last night’s Colbert Show and Daily Show on YouTube, I read, I sip tea… When it’s time to get ready for work I get dressed, make my bed, eat breakfast, and brush my teeth.

My living room this morning, complete with knitting chart on the coffee table, and my home laptop.

Then I go to work … which is now at my kitchen table, complete with my actual office plant (and a co-worker’s office plant). I don’t have a good office chair at home, but I’ve found that a towel folded on my kitchen chair seat works very nicely. As a bonus, my workspace has windows for the first time in 15 years! And nobody thinks it’s weird that I like working with a blanket over my legs.

My kitchen table office, complete with work plants on the table, tea under a tea cozy, and windows.

After work, I close my work laptop and turn off my work stuff, and then I move back into my living room…. where I open my home laptop and turn on my home stuff. My cat looks on in quiet bafflement, but it’s a pattern that works for me.

And this is how things will be for the next while, I think.

Categories: Citizens

Health care providers conserving supplies for those who need it most

Northfield News - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 5:00pm
Personal protective equipment has become especially valuable to Minnesota and national health care facilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Categories: Local News

Postponements, smaller gatherings: Coronavirus changing the funeral industry

Northfield News - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 4:00pm
Local funeral homes are already seeing changes to their industry as government officials urge Americans to alter their habits to help slow the deadly spread of coronavirus.
Categories: Local News

Nfld Chamber President Lisa Peterson

KYMN Radio - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 3:47pm

Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce President, Lisa Peterson, discussed the implications to local small businesses due to the closure of bars, restaurants and other such businesses, how they’re brainstorming to help our local economy and more.

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These Uncertain Times

White crocus

With concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, we want to reach out to our customers to ensure you that we are taking every necessary precaution to keep our facilities clean and surfaces sanitized for the health and safety of our customers and employees.  As the situation continues to evolve, we are taking the necessary precautions as recommended by the CDC and other health agencies.

Gardening and working in the yard are great ways to spend time outdoors during this unprecedented time in our history and maintain social distancing.  Now is the time to teach our children about gardening and have them help in the yard!  Gardening is not cancelled.

Spring looks like it will be a little earlier this year than the last couple of years and we have already started to uncover our trees, shrubs & perennials. We anticipate being officially open the first week or so of April, but we do have some plants and bulk products available now.  The planting of trees and shrubs can be done safely as soon as your soil has thawed and time spent out in your gardens is a great way to lift your spirits in these uncertain times. 

Our shrub deck in the summer

Our plants are spread out over a wide area which will facilitate social distancing.  Inside the greenhouses, we will be diligent regarding the number of people inside to make sure we are providing the space needed for social distancing.

We encourage customers to call us or email us for more information and questions regarding our plants and we can discuss this over the phone or online.   We’d be more than happy to talk with you and look forward to your phone calls!

We can take your orders for plants and other materials over the phone – call us at 507-645-5015!  We’ll take your credit card information and process the payment.  We will be able to have plants pulled and ready to load into your vehicle, we always have people available to load bulk products into your truck or trailer or we can also deliver products to your home and leave plants along your driveway.  Give us a call and we can explain all of our delivery options!

Please be certain to “Follow & Like” our Facebook page and sign up for our newsletter on our website for updates and product posts.  Feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.  We are committed to providing you with the absolute best customer service possible and want to make your shopping and gardening experience safe, easy and enjoyable.

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Categories: Businesses

Virus causes overwhelming demand for some retailers, steep sales decline for others

Northfield News - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 2:45pm
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to strengthen its grip on nearly every area of United States life, some local retailers are struggling to keep up with demand while others are contemplating their future because of steep sales declines.
Categories: Local News

Discovering a passion for conservation in St. Olaf’s backyard

St. Olaf College - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 2:38pm
Nisha Albert ‘19 fell in love with conservation work through experiential learning opportunities like the St. Olaf faculty-led Environmental Science in Australia and New Zealand program and her field work in St. Olaf’s Natural Lands.
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