Blogosphere

Year in Review: The biggest Northfield stories in 2019

Northfield News - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 4:14pm
2019 was a year of action in Northfield.
Categories: Local News

Have Yourself A Classic Christmas from Christmas Eve

KYMN Radio - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 4:00pm

Nat King Cole, Pentatonix, and the Muppet (a lot of Muppets) and more on the Christmas Eve edition of Have Yourself A Classic Christmas. You can find all of Logan’s show on kymnradio.net by searching Classic Christmas. Thank you to everyone who listened to my show, if it was for 10 hours or 5 minutes

The post Have Yourself A Classic Christmas from Christmas Eve appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Structure Fire Damages Building  

KYMN Radio - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 8:18am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               CONTACTS: Chief Dustin Dienst Structure Fire Damages Building    At 11:24 pm on December 23 2019, the Faribault Fire Department, Faribault Police Department and North Memorial Ambulance responded to a structure fire at 728 Lyndale Ave.  Smoke was coming out of the roof of the building

The post Structure Fire Damages Building   appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Tight labor market has Census Bureau hiking wages

Northfield News - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 6:00pm
After failing to hit preliminary hiring targets, the U.S. Census Bureau has hiked wages for the thousands of part-time workers it hopes to hire across the state in the coming months.
Categories: Local News

City's muni posts slight drop in revenue but expects growth in coming years

Northfield News - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 3:28pm
Northfield Municipal Liquor saw a slight drop in revenue last year but expects growth in the coming years as local competitors become more entrenched. Revenue could increase further if plans for a new liquor store materialize.
Categories: Local News

Why do Oles make the best teachers?

St. Olaf College - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 2:59pm
Andrew Atwood '18 doesn't just teach elementary school students about music — he inspires them to love it. It's a style of education that he experienced at St. Olaf, and is committed to carrying forward.
Categories: Colleges

DJJD Committee presented $7k in donations to NH&C as part of their Give Cancer the Boot campaign

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:45pm

This morning the Defeat of Jesse James Days committee presented two checks totaling $7,000 to local area cancer treatment centers housed within the Northfield Hospital as part of their Give Cancer the Boot campaign. Rebecca Peterson who has been the Chairperson of the event since its inception in 2014 was on hand for the presentations.

The post DJJD Committee presented $7k in donations to NH&C as part of their Give Cancer the Boot campaign appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

The Weekly List – Christmas Songs That Aren’t Really Christmas Songs

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:36pm

This week, as we wind down from the Big Day, guest host Sara Larson, provides us with a list of Christmas songs that aren’t really Christmas songs.

The post The Weekly List – Christmas Songs That Aren’t Really Christmas Songs appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Xcel 2019 Host Capacity Report

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 1:33pm

Red Wing has had a lot of outages in recent years, distribution for sure, not transmission. We’ve had intense storms, trees down, lines down, even one on our block that affected the rest of the block but not us up along West.

Utilities regularly cut maintenance and upgrades of distribution and transmission lines in a short-term short-sighted effort to save money. That’s a byproduct of deregulation — what caused the 2003 blackout across the eastern interconnect was utility failure to maintain transmission easements.

Distribution lines are the primary source of power outages, caused by something as simple as a car careening into a pole, or a tree falling on a line, and frequently squirrels in the substation (fried squirrels rate a category in outage reports). Distribution outages can also be caused by too much load on a distribution circuit, or lines aging beyond useful life, both of which can be addressed by reconductoring, putting in a new line and at the same time using a larger conductor for increased capacity. Substation modifications would also be necessary.

Utilities, well, Xcel Energy, has a habit of proposing transmission “solutions” for distribution issues, evident in the Hiawatha (CN-10-694 and TL-09-38) and Hollydale (CN-12-113 and TL-11-152) transmission line dockets. To look at dockets, go HERE and search using year number and docket number.

Xcel Energy filed its Biennial Transmission Projects Report.  BUT it filed the Integrated Distribution Plan separately. It also filed the Hosting Capacity Report separately:

201911-157103-01_2019 Hosting Capacity Report & CoverDownload

Initial Comments area due December 30, 2019, Reply Comments due January 17, 2020.

NOTICE – Extension of Comment Period 201912-158277-01Download

For comparison, 2017:

201711-137070-01_2017 Hosting Capacity ReportDownload

This is really important, because by looking at the substation and distribution capacity, it’s easy to tell if their “transmission” project proposals are indeed for transmission needs or distribution, something that should be used in siting, but which isn’t. It’s also easy to tell where the utilities are neglecting their duty on the distribution side. We’ve had a lot of distribution outages in Red Wing, particularly on the west side of town… once more with feeling, here’s the map:

Why all the red and orange?

From the 2019 Report (note the grey “TRADE SECRET” redactions – peak load is taken out:

Here are the details from the 2017 Hosting Capacity Report, nothing “redacted,” but the Peak for substation and that distribution circuit are not included:

Let’s take a close look at the Hiawatha and Hollydale transmission areas, Hiawatha (PUC Dockets CN-10-694 and TL-09-38) and Hollydale (PUC Dockets CN-12-113 and TL-11-152). Hiawatha transmission WAS BUILT, ostensibly to address reliability issues around Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Need wasn’t adequately challenged. Hiawatha transmission was built, underground, and look — but did it “solve” the distribution problems? Here’s a lot of yellow, orange and red nearby in areas ostensibly served by these substations!

And from a prior Legalectric post ((Hiawatha Project Comments due tomorrow October 25th, 2011):

And let’s look at Hollydale transmission area, which was ostensibly needed for the huge load along Hwy 55 and 694. Need was challenged and Hollydale was NOT built. The plan is to upgrade the distribution system, with larger transformers and higher capacity conductors. This shows that the 694 & 55 corridors are just fine, and that upgrade of the distribution system in Plymouth is exactly what is needed, and only what is needed:

And another old Legalectric post (Hollydale Xmsn Report at long last! June 7th, 2016) had these predictions, first state of distribution in 2016:

Prediction of system for 2036:

Note that you can see the 694 and Hwy 55 corridors, they’re yellow and orange for 2016 map, and yellow, orange, and red for 2036. Once more with feeling, in the 2019 Hosting Capacity map:

2019, the 694 and Hwy 55 corridors are GREEN, GREEN, GREEN, lots of space. Go figure.

Another issue, in the 2019 Hosting Capacity Report, as noted above, is that the details are deemed “TRADE SECRET.” WHAT?!?! WHY?!?!

Not OK. They’re withholding that information, and we’re only able to look and guess, and that’s pretty hard for people to do, even those of us mired in transmission.

It’s time to challenge that “TRADE SECRET” designation of the peak loads.

Categories: Citizens

Morristown man on probation for selling drugs, back in jail; Two major road projects set for 2020 in Rice County; Mac Gisme named 2020 Living Treasure

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 12:02pm

By Teri Knight, News Director A Morristown man is in jail after Faribault police are called to the American Legion on a pair of intoxicated men in a vehicle in the parking lot. The driver, 21 year old Austin James Valenzuela was arrested after a search of the vehicle revealed ¾ of a pound of

The post Morristown man on probation for selling drugs, back in jail; Two major road projects set for 2020 in Rice County; Mac Gisme named 2020 Living Treasure appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

That Was Awkward – the Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 11:20am

Teri Knight’s guest today is Emily Flake. A keen observer of human behavior and life’s less-than-triumphant moments, her book, “That Was Awkward – The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug”, is a wildly funny book of illustrations, observations, and advice to get you through your next clumsy physical encounter with another human. Emily shares

The post That Was Awkward – the Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

A PERFECT FIT: Northfield assistant principal retires after more than 35 years

Northfield News - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 9:56am
In 1983, Northfield Assistant Principal Jeff Eckhoff moved to the community with his wife, Ellen Connolly-Eckhoff, to become a Northfield High School physics and environmental studies teacher.
Categories: Local News

Nfld ACC announces 2020 Living Treasure Award Winner

KYMN Radio - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 5:05am

Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission in partnership with FiftyNorth announces the 2020 Living Treasure Award winner Mac Gimse The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield, in partnership with FiftyNorth, is pleased to announce the selection of Mac Gimse as the 2020 recipient of the City of Northfield’s Living Treasure Award. The Living

The post Nfld ACC announces 2020 Living Treasure Award Winner appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Fine Tune #448 blue Christmas 22 Dec 2019

KYMN Radio - Sun, 12/22/2019 - 7:15pm

It’s a break from sweetness and light on this week’s pre-holiday Fine Tune: Fine Tune 12-22-19 #448 Train from Aberdeen / Eric Bibb Blues on a Holiday / Susan Tedeschi Even Santa Claus Gets the Blues / Marty Stuart When Santa Gets the Blues / Alison Scott Christmas Holidays / Texas Pet Mayes & His

The post Fine Tune #448 blue Christmas 22 Dec 2019 appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Have Yourself A Classic Christmas from Dec. 22

KYMN Radio - Sun, 12/22/2019 - 1:01pm

Mannhiem Steamroller, the Royal Guardsmen, Darlene Love, and more on the 4th edition of Have Yourself A Classic Christmas. You can hear Logan Wells with the best of Christmas classic hits every Sunday 11am-1pm and on Christmas Eve from 4pm-6pm.   Below are both hours of the show.      

The post Have Yourself A Classic Christmas from Dec. 22 appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Christmas on the Cannon – What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

KYMN Radio - Sun, 12/22/2019 - 1:00pm

Corey and Rich wrap up their four week holiday run with thoughts on Jazz music, the Twighlight Zone and the one true King of Christmas.

The post Christmas on the Cannon – What are you doing New Year’s Eve? appeared first on KYMN Radio · Northfield, MN · AM 1080 & FM 95.1.

Bridging the divide: Senate proposes new Coffee Hour

Manitou Messenger - Sat, 12/21/2019 - 10:44am

Larson Hall Senator Sasha Kazharskaya ’22 presented plans for a new “Senator Coffee Hour” to increase engagement between senators and students during the Student Government Association’s (SGA) Nov. 5 meeting. 

The proposed Coffee Hour would be an event where multiple senators would be available to sit with students and answer any questions, address concerns or simply chat over a cup of coffee or tea. Although details as to where the event might occur are still up in the air, Senator Kazharskaya indicated that a central location such as Fireside, which is located across from the post office, are in consideration.    

“Our idea is to make students feel like they can approach senate when they want to,” Kazharskaya said. “We want to hear feedback from students and then discuss it with other senators.” 

The justification for having a Senate Coffee Hour stems from the study conducted by SGA which confirmed that students are unaware of the student government’s purpose. This resulted in their lack of involvement. Since student senators serve to represent the voices of students on campus, Kazharskaya urged the Senate to pass said proposal in order to increase student involvement and hence representation. 

On Nov. 11, Board of Regents Student Committee (BORSC) Senator Melie Ekunno ’21 presented results from the above mentioned survey of 613 students gauging their opinion of SGA. The results showed that 43 percent of students did not feel like senators were properly representing them. Overall, SGA received a 3.3 out of 5 rating for the question, “How good of a job is SGA doing?”

Not only will students be able to put names to previously unknown faces, they will get a better understanding of what senators do on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, if students have any concerns, they could bring those up to senators which would then allow the latter to offer better representation.

Senator Kazharskaya hopes that Coffee Hour will open doors to more opportunities for student involvement in SGA other than merely talking to senators. Students are allowed to stop by any SGA meeting and even present potential proposals. However, without any knowledge of the senate members or how SGA functions, this is less likely to occur.      

“We wanted to do this Coffee Hour so that students wouldn’t be scared when they are present,” Kazharskaya said. “If they already know senators they won’t be as terrified.”

Although the proposal has not been implemented yet, Senator Kazharskaya said that the plan is to do so as soon as January or February. As far as the frequency of the event is concerned, it is intended to be held once per month, although twice per month is not entirely out of the question according to Kazharskaya.

kostov1@stolaf.edu

Categories: Colleges

Untitled

Manitou Messenger - Sat, 12/21/2019 - 10:37am
Categories: Colleges
Syndicate content