Expand the Problem

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 07/17/2020 - 9:01am
I have been drawn of late to the remarks and writings of certain politically conservative intellectuals — contemporary critics guided by principles rather than power or policy agendas. People who do or did identify as Republicans all of their lives but who at this critical time are willing to speak truth even if it means […]
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Crackerjack Book Giveaway!!!

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 6:08pm
One year ago today, I hosted a launch party for my book and was blown away by the response. I'm feeling especially grateful tonight for all the people who packed the Grand Event Center in Northfield that evening to show their interest and support. Such an event would not be possible under current COVID-19 restrictions.

As a thank you to those of you who attended my launch party or who've read my book during the past year, I'm having a book giveaway! Tell me in the comments in this blog post, on Facebook, or in an email (, something you particularly enjoyed in Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters: The Story of a Minnesota Music Man – it could be a favorite chapter, a scene, or a line – OR tell me something you learned that surprised you.

Everyone* who leaves a comment by 6 p.m. central time on Saturday, July 18 will be entered into the drawing for a free, autographed copy of the book. I will do the drawing live on Facebook at 6 p.m. this Sunday evening, July 19, and choose one winner.

(*Sorry, but if you're married to me or are one of my three children, you're not able to enter)

Why would you want a copy of the book if you've already read it, you ask? Well, if you win and you don't want to keep the book for yourself, you could give it to a friend or family member you think would enjoy it, or you could donate it to your local library. Lots of options!

If you haven't read the book and are feeling left out, I have a different contest for you! Write an excuse for why you haven't read the book yet (post it in the blog comments, in the Facebook comments, or email me). The people with the top best 5 excuses – they can be funny, sincere, or outlandish (anything goes as long as they're not offensive) will receive a mini G. Oliver sticker in the mail. I will be the judge of the excuses. Yes, you read that right – I am judging you.

Thanks, and good luck!
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The Weekly List – The Live Aid Show

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 6:00pm
This week, Rich welcomes back his friend and music historian Dan Moir to discuss the 35th anniversary of Live Aid.

Plymouth’s Millennium Garden Tour

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 4:35pm

As part of my summer pledge to visit more public gardens around the Twin Cities and beyond, I drove over to the western suburb of Plymouth last weekend to visit Millennium Garden. This beautiful public space was built to mark the turn of the 21st century. Funded by city and private money, it opened in ... Read More about Plymouth’s Millennium Garden Tour

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Bridgewater board picks younger Ebling to succeed father as supervisor

Northfield News - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 4:07pm
At a special meeting on July 14, Bridgewater Township’s Board of Supervisors tapped Andy Ebling to fill the spot left by the untimely death of his father, Gary.
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School Board approves iPads for all K-2 students

Northfield News - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 12:44pm
All Northfield Public Schools K-2 students will have access to iPads this fall.
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City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 12:02pm
Event date: July 21, 2020
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Members of the public may watch the meeting via electronic:

Conference #: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code #: 689-944-997

Hazards ID’d, roles defined – new EOP could take over a year to complete; Rice Co. receives $8 mil in covid relief; City of Dundas update

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director The Northfield City council discussed their Emergency Operations Plan. Police Chief Monte Nelson explained that the last time the manual was updated was 2010. While the plan is directed by FEMA and the MN Dept. of Homeland Security and driven by the State and the counties. Nelson added, “but as

Musician Talk – Todd Thompson

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 10:44am
Host Pauline Jennings talks with veteran Northfield singer/songwriter/musician Todd Thompson about a new song he wrote and recorded called “George”, written and dedicated to George Floyd.

Bill McGrath discusses the Veterans for Peace event this weekend

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 10:11am
Bill McGrath discusses this weekend’s event put on by Veterans for Peace. Peacestock normally takes place near Red Wing. With the pandemic, this year will be virtual via Zoom beginning at 1pm. There will be two speakers with the theme of “Where’s the Truth”? Go to peacestockvfp for more details and to sign up. It’s a

Todd Thompson on his new song about George Floyd

KYMN Radio - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 10:01am
Todd Thompson wrote a song about the killing of George Floyd. He shares why he did and how so many other local musicians got involved. He was also the subject of “Musician Talk with Pauline Jennings” on July 15th!

Is Grant Co. Solar LLC for real?

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 7:39am

Attorneys for Grant County Solar/Next Era sent this letter to Judge Newmark at Wisconsin PSC:

Grant Co. Solar to Newmark Letter_7-14-2020Download

Really? REALLY?!?!?!

2020.07.14 Letter to ALJ Newmark – Grant County IntervenorsDownload
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Baseline Road project delayed to 2021

Northfield News - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 4:14pm
Half of Rice County’s marquee highway project has been officially postponed to 2021. Blame it on the pandemic.
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St. Olaf student wins archaeological award

St. Olaf College - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 3:01pm
Grace Hermes '21 has won an archaeological award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS). 
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Despite challenges, Community Education continues summer services

Northfield News - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 1:25pm
Northfield Community Education continues to offer summer programming despite significant logistical challenges posed by COVID-19.
Categories: Local News

Rural broadband – essential service

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 12:06pm

Do you know Minnesota has an “Office of Broadband Development?” Check the link! Broadband is one of my big issues — we are fortunate in Red Wing to have had our city wired a few years ago, HBC gives us great access, reliable, and reasonable priced!

Frontier, on the other hand…

Frontier Communications settles with Minnesota, agrees to $10M upgrade to broadband network

There’s a piece from Matt Bruns (for Minnesota House 21A) in a recent bEagle, it’s pasted below… their wall is a bit much these days.

It took me too long to figure out that the symbol above, on a state park campground map, meant “amphitheater” and not internet access! Internet access is a necessity when working from campsite. On a more serious note, many of my clients, on the range, the north shore, and in southern Minnesota have very spotty internet connection. My Freeborn Wind clients often have to drive into Albert Lea to get a reliable connection.

What does spotty internet mean in these Daze of COVID, homeschooling, and work-from-home? It often means it just doesn’t work. How many parents were taking their kids to McDonalds and hotel parking lots to connect? Uploading and downloading assignments, or viewing lessons, your average car is not set up for studying, and it’s a prelude to a big FAIL, for students, parents, and educators, a systemic FAIL that is a given without internet access. No discussions of “reopening the schools” should happen without addressing internet access, including financial assistance for access, training for parents and children, and making infrastructure happen NOW (that’s my message to Gov. Walz today).

Here’s the Matt Bruns (for 21A) op-ed on broadband:

Time to Act on Rural Broadband

This letter is paid content. Matt Bruns – Candidate for MN House District 21A

Reactionary policy will always come too late. We need to begin to take a long view, making the best decisions by using the best available data to be proactive.

This fundamental change needs to be applied in how we view access to high-speed, affordable internet. It is no longer the luxury enjoyed by some in the 1990s and early 2000s. Broadband is a utility that allows us to access the world – whether that be education, marketplaces, jobs, healthcare, or benefit programs.

This access is also tied to real economic benefits in Goodhue County, including: combined household economic benefit of $32,774,600/year, household cost savings of $198,775,804/year, and increased residential real estate value of $104,825,572.

Currently, we rank in the bottom third of Minnesota counties in access to broadband. The pandemic has exposed the inadequacy of service and extreme differences in costs across our community. The time to act on rural broadband is now.

At the moment, communities in Minnesota have three options at their disposal in improving connectivity. They can continue to apply for grants through the state’s Border-to-Border program. Through which, Goodhue County has received $115,934 and $332,328 in 2015 and 2016, respectively. We also received $94,000 from the Blandin Foundation. These are great investments, but continue to place our future in the charity of private companies, non-profits, and availability of grant funds.

Option two, consider moving toward a Community Broadband network. On this path we deem it a public utility and put it in the hands of local municipalities.  This ensures not only connectivity, but accountability of local governments to the people in the areas of speed and cost through local elections and public meetings.

However, it is likely that a true fix comes through work at the State and Federal level, in the same manner rural areas were electrified in the 1930s. This is a challenge I am prepared to take on for the future of Goodhue County.

Failure to act on this issue will result in our communities missing out on opportunities afforded to those with quality infrastructure. Affordable high-speed broadband access signals to new industries and small businesses that they can count on having the tools necessary to succeed in the 21st century. It also draws the in the workforce. They know that their families will not sacrifice participation in the modern world when they move to our beautiful part of the state.

I encourage you to join me in bringing equity to our community. You can learn more about my campaign at I can be reached anytime at: PO Box 101, Red Wing, MN 55066.

*Prepared and paid for by Matt Bruns for MN House Committee. PO Box 101, Red Wing, MN 55066.

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3 teams wrestle 3 scenarios for Fall learning in School District; Murder suspect apprehended; Dairy farmer webinar on Covid financial programs

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director “To start off, every Educator in the Country would clearly prefer to be back in person with kids as normal”, Northfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann. The Dept. of Education will tell schools sometime during the week of July 27th their recommendation on how, or even if, students go back to

District using multiple approaches to combat dyslexia

Northfield News - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:03am
Northfield Public Schools officials believe there’s no one way to help students with dyslexia.
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Rice Co. Commissioner Galen Malecha discusses funding from the CARES Act

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 9:31am
Rice County Commissioner Galen Malecha discusses funding received by the county from the CARES Act, road construction projects in Rice County and more.

Ben Martig on July 14 Northfield City Council Work Session

KYMN Radio - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 9:26am
Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig discusses the July 14 City Council work session during which they discussed the City’s emergency operation plans, budget planning, and CARES Act funding.  
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