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Longtime News publisher remembered for work in news, business

Northfield News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 3:59pm
Former Northfield News publisher Bob Bradford II is being remembered as a man who loved education and sought to create a strong editorial page for the paper.
Categories: Local News

Rice County leadership working to increase trade with Japan

Northfield News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 2:00pm
With two visits abroad under their belts and another on the way, local officials are hoping the connections they've developed with Japanese leaders expand trade and investment in Rice County.
Categories: Local News

Early talks have council discussing 7.5 percent levy increase

Northfield News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 1:02pm
The city of Northfield is discussing a 7.5 percent preliminary tax levy increase for 2020.
Categories: Local News

Lonsdale man jailed for felony violations; DOC gives a “verbal yes” to Sheriff Dunn for extension on county jail; River sampling upstream of Ames Mill Dam; Northfield Shares reaches out to Hispanic community for a seat at the table

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director A Lonsdale man with repeated convictions for domestic assault and violations of Orders of Protection is back in jail for the same things. Last Thursday evening Lonsdale Police responded to a call from a woman who said 29-year-old Michael Thomas Ziegelman had been contacting her through scrambled and blocked phone

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Curtis Ingvoldstad

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:15am

Local woodcarver Curtis Ingvoldstad is Wayne’s guest.  Check out his website here!  

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Environmental Quality Commission Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:10am
Event date: September 5, 2019
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Jobless rate dips slightly over most of region in July, DEED reports

Northfield News - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:39am
Unemployment was down slightly across the region from June to July, according to figures released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, with most counties showing a dip of about 0.1%.
Categories: Local News

Preston Eidenschink

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 9:39am

Wayne’s guest is Preston Eidenschink who is a funeral director at Benson & Langehough and Bierman Funeral Homes.

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Boat performing sediment sampling on Cannon River

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 9:13am

From Public Works Director Dave Bennett: Northfield, MN (August 20, 2019)  Post Consumer Brands is having Barr Engineering Co. perform routine river sediment sampling from a boat within the Cannon River just upstream of the Ames Mill Dam in Northfield on August 21 and 22. The public can expect to see a small boat

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More than 1,000 expected at ‘Northfield Shares A Dinner’ event

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 7:01am

NORTHFIELD (August 19, 2019) — Hundreds of people are expected to come together at one long table in downtown Northfield later this month to share a meal and make new friends. Northfield Shares, a Northfield-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance philanthropy, inspire volunteerism and promote collaborative leadership, is hosting the event on August 25.

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NOW HIRING: KYMN Account Executive

KYMN Radio - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 4:55am

KYMN Radio is seeking to fill the position of Account Executive. This position requires dealing directly with clients to establish a tailored marketing campaign and requires advanced inter-personal, organizational, and writing skills. The successful candidate must be self motivated with the ability to work independently.  An established account list will be provided, though establishing new

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More transmission? They’re nuts!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 7:02pm

I saw this today and it’s nauseating.

First there was CapX 2020 transmission (following Arrowhead transmission, which was supposed to be the be-all and end-all of transmission)(and the SW MN 345kV line, precursor to CapX 2020. CapX transmission was based on a forecasted 2.49% increase in demand, which as we know, didn’t happen.

And there was the MISO 17 project MVP Portfolio:

Tomorrow, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission is making its decision regarding the Cardinal-Hickory Creek project, the southern part of #5 above, and the LAST of the MVP projects to go through state administrative approval.

So today, this is in the STrib:

Minnesota utilities will study if the $2B CapX2020 grid improvements were enough

The study beginning in January will look at whether renewable energy goals and other factors will bolster need to build out more improvements on transmission grid. 

By Mike Hughlett Star Tribune AUGUST 19, 2019 — 3:05PM

Photo: DAVID JOLESA utility worker assesses electrical power lines in south Minneapolis.

Minnesota’s largest power companies and several other Upper Midwest utilities will study how their transmission network must be bolstered to meet increasingly aggressive renewable energy goals.

The study is being launched at a time when space on the region’s Midwest’s grid is already tight — even after a $2 billion transmission expansion that was completed just a couple of years ago.

That project, called CapX2020, was the work of Xcel Energy, Great River Energy, Minnesota Power, Otter Tail Power and seven other electricity providers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas. CapX2020 took over seven years to complete and included 800 miles of new high-voltage lines.

Ten of the 11 utilities involved in the earlier project Monday announced the “CapX2050” study, which they are aiming to complete in January. The study “will look at maintaining a safe, reliable and cost-effective electric grid as the system adds more carbon-free energy,” the utilities said in a statement.

CapX2020 was the largest transmission project in the Upper Midwest since the 1970s, and it was aimed partly at freeing up power line capacity for burgeoning renewable energy production.

The U.S. electrical grid was built to serve large centralized power plants, but wind and solar farms are more dispersed, often requiring transmission build outs. Xcel has stated plans to produce 100% carbon-free power by 2050, while other utilities also are planning for significantly more renewables.

Also, Minnesota’s DFL Party has strongly backed raising Minnesota’s overall carbon-free energy goal to 100% by 2050.

The CapX2020 project isn’t enough to meet those long-term needs and the grid is essentially “at capacity,” an energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists told the Star Tribune last year.

Xcel’s latest long-term resource plan, filed this spring, came to a similar conclusion. “Many of these (CapX2020) lines planned in the early 2000s and completed over the recent past are already fully-or-nearly-fully subscribed,” the plan said.

So that said, here’s Xcel Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan’s Appendix on transmission:Xcel IRP – Appendix I – Transmission & Distribution – from 20197-154051-03Download

The schedule for IRP hearings was just released, it’s in October, so there’s time to make time for it:

We know Xcel Energy gets a “handsome” rate of return for transmission capital expenditures (hence “CapX transmission), so of course they want to build more. The IRP is our time to tell them how they should get the electricity they need, whether their plans are making any sense.

How about shutting down some of those coal plants, and freeing up some capacity? How about siting solar on every rooftop, over every parking lot, putting the generation at load so we don’t need transmission? Oh, but wait, that makes too much sense, especially where a utility wants to keep control of the generation, and the expenditures, and rake in the dough.

Time to pay attention to the IRP. URP!

Categories: Citizens

Dog Swim

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 5:50pm
Event date: August 28, 2019
Event Time: 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Location:
801 Seventh Street East
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Bring your dog to the Old Memorial Pool for a refreshing swim

Dog Swim

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 5:50pm
Event date: August 29, 2019
Event Time: 05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Location:
801 Seventh Street East
Northfield, MN 55057
Description:
Bring your dog to the Old Memorial Pool for a refreshing swim

Volunteers needed for ‘Fishing the Cannon’ event on August 25

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 3:35pm

The registration response received for the “Fishing the Cannon River” event has been outstanding! The Cannon River Watershed Partnership is expecting 50 youth and another 70 parents and siblings to attend part of all of this event, taking place August 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ames Mill Park. While the CRWP is excited to

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U.S. Representative Angie Craig to hold Town Hall meeting in Lakeville focused on education Issues

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 1:28pm

U.S. Representative Angie Craig to hold Town Hall meeting focused on education issues BURNSVILLE, MINN [08/19/19] – On Wednesday, August 28th, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig will hold a Town Hall meeting in Lakeville with a focus on education issues. Rep. Craig knows that high quality education is essential to building strong communities in Minnesota, but

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Sentence stayed in drug case; Northfield Council talks budget, reminds public of open house for 246 and Jefferson Parkway; Comments open for council meeting; Chip sealing starts today

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director A Faribault man was sentenced Friday for 1st degree drug sale of a hallucinogen. In June of last year, Cannon River Drug Task Force agents investigated 23-year-old Mark Joseph Johnson and his supplier, a juvenile. Agents conducted two controlled buys of psilocybin mushrooms totaling nearly 55 grams. Johnson was previously

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Dream Journal – Uncover the power of your dreams and the science of sleep

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:16am

Have you ever wondered where your dreams come from? Or why they’re so hard to remember? Or how to make that monster in your nightmares a little bit more … friendly? Dr. Allan Peterkin is Teri Knight’s guest today on 15 with the Author and he has the answers in his National Geographic Kids book

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Northfield Arts Guild pioneer honored with city recognition

Northfield News - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 10:14am
Over a decades-long career as a Northfield Musical Theater director and co-founder, Myrna Johnson solidified her status as a pioneer in the local arts scene.
Categories: Local News

Consumer alert: Minnesota Commerce Department warns against nationwide robocall scheme

KYMN Radio - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 9:06am

Consumer Alert Last year, the Star Tribune reported that Minnesotans receive an average of eight “machine-made” calls per month – that is about 44.888 million unwanted calls across the state. Aided by advances in technology that target smartphones, scammers are utilizing auto-dialers to reach thousands of phones every minute for an incredibly low cost, causing

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