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No. 15 Saint John’s shoots its way past Knights

Carleton Sports - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 11:07pm

The last time the Carleton College men’s basketball team played No. 15-ranked Saint John’s the Knights walked off the court 66-63 winners after snapping the Johnnies’ 12-game win streak. This time around, Saint John’s got its revenge thanks largely to a scorching-hot end to the first half en route to a 78-40 decision.

Categories: Colleges

Knights drop season finale at St. Ben’s

Carleton Sports - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 10:38pm

The Carleton College women’s basketball team led the College of Saint Benedict for the entirety of the first half but a slow third quarter doomed the Knights as they dropped the final game of the 2018-19 season, 68-52.

Categories: Colleges

Knights edge Augustana and UW-Eau Claire

Carleton Sports - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 9:41pm

Leo Vithoontien and William Walsh both went 4-0 on the day as the Carleton College men’s tennis team notched victories over tough regional opponents Augustana College (Ill.) and UW-Eau Claire by scores of 8-1 and 5-4. The Knights improved to 8-1 on the season.

Categories: Colleges

Knights top NCAA D-I program Valparaiso, 5-4

Carleton Sports - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 9:01pm

The Carleton College women’s tennis team took its game up a level—actually two levels—on Saturday when the Knights hosts Valparaiso University, a NCAA Division I program. It definitely proved worth the time and effort as Madeline Prins won a third-set super tiebreaker to clinch a 5-4 Carleton victory

Categories: Colleges

Response letter to anonymous professor's op-ed on the polar vortex

Carletonian - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 5:07pm

I wish we could talk together about this, but I don’t know who you are.

Categories: Colleges

Yesterday at PUC – Freeborn Wind TABLED!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 2:01pm

Yesterday, Freeborn Wind, the Applicant, had its wind project permit tabled by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  How’d that happen!?!  SNORT!  I heard there was an audible gasp from that side of the room when it happened.

This latest round started with a bizarrely attempt to get more than what they got:

20191-148986-02_Freeborn Wind’s Request4Clarification

Yeah, it sure got them more!!  Great idea, disclosing an “agreement” with Commerce and MPCA after being granted a permit by PUC after the ALJ Recommendation that the permit be denied (and in the alternative, that they be granted time to demonstrate that they COULD comply):

So what did Freeborn say in its Request4Clarification?

Freeborn Wind requests the Commission clarify its Site Permit to adopt Section 7.4, as
proposed by Freeborn Wind and agreed to by the Department and MPCA, in place of the current Sections 7.4.1 and 7.4.2, to both ensure consistency with the Order and avoid ambiguity in permit compliance.

Freeborn Wind’s September 19, 2018, Late-Filed proposal for Special Conditions Related
to Noise outlines the agreement reached between Freeborn Wind, the Department and the MPCA on this issue.[fn omitted] The letter indicated that Freeborn Wind had carefully reviewed the proposed Sections 7.4.1 and 7.4.2 from the Staff Briefing Papers, and was concerned they “create[d] ambiguity and would lead to significant compliance challenges.” [fn omitted] Instead, Freeborn Wind offered “proposed alternative language addressing pre-construction noise modeling and postconstruction noise monitoring special conditions” which is “specific to this case” and would “achieve a similar level of noise regulation, but in a manner that can actually be measured following the applicable rules and standards.”

p. 1-2, 20191-148986-02_Freeborn Wind’s Request4Clarification (emphasis added).

SNORT!  Really, they said that!  It was good to see confirmation of the orchestration I’d observed at the September 20 PUC agenda meeting, being in the middle of the full court press of  Freeborn Wind, Commerce and MPCA (why exactly was MPCA there, they have no jurisdiction).  Oh, about MPCA’s jurisdiction, the letter of Kohlasch explains that well:

Exhibit M_Kohlasch_Letter_20189-146351-01

So we responded to that Freeborn Wind Motion:

AFCL_ResponsetoFreebornMotion-ClarificationRequest

I’d sent Data Practices Act Requests to MPCA and Commerce:

MPCA-Agreement_Data Practices Act Request

Exhibit C_Commerce-Agreement_Data Practices Act Request

And on receiving Data Practices Act Requests from MPCA, which showed some of the behind-the-scenes going on, filed this:

20192-150272-01-1_AFCL Motion to Remand to ALJ

And the moment I filed it, and went to email to check filing status, get confirmation, and I see an email from Wachtler, Commerce-EERA, which is included in this, filed the following day:

AFCL_Motion-Addendum to Remand to ALJ_FINAL FULL PACKET

They produced NON-O-T-H-I-N-G!  Nothing at all!

So off we went to the PUC, and the meeting was bizarre.  The Commission did not take up the Many Motions, Motions to Strike, Motions for Reconsideration, Motions for Remand, Motion after Motion, it was dizzying.  Admissions of “confusion” were heard, and can’t have Commissioner confusion.  Methinks that there was confusion at the September 20, 2018 meeting, which was why the permit was approved with the conditions offered and haggled over just a bit.  The video, do check it out, scroll down to #3 at link, starting at 16:43:

TABLED!  We have 14 days to provide language for the permit conditions, 7.4; 7.4.1; 7.4.2.  Then another Agenda meeting date will be set, ostensibly to deal with Motions, language, etc.

Categories: Citizens

Jack Heinzel earns all-conference recognition on day two of MIAC Championships

Carleton Sports - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:47pm

On day two of the MIAC Championships, sophomore Jack Heinzel earned his first career all-conference award with a second-place swim in the 50-yard freestyle. He was one of seven members of the Carleton College men’s swimming and diving team to compete in the finals on day two. The Knights climbed into fifth place in the team standings.

Categories: Colleges

Caroline Mather and Kapani Kirkland earn all-conference status on day two of MIAC Championships

Carleton Sports - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:32pm

On day two of the MIAC Championships, senior Caroline Mather and first-year Kapani Kirkland secured the first two all-conference awards this season for the Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team. Mather was the runner up in the 50-yard freestyle, while Kapani took third in the 3-meter diving competition. The Knights remain fifth in the team standings.

Categories: Colleges

All-Wheel Drive w/ Chris Koza 2/15/19

KYMN Radio - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 7:21pm

Fridays are even better when someone like Chris Koza swings by the studio for a visit! As always, such a treat to feature this talented musician and all-around awesome human. Chris has a new solo album coming out in April and he’ll be celebrating the release of “Sleepwalkers Part 1” on Friday, April 26 at

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Sen. Draheim looks to shrink Legislature, add term limits

Northfield News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:01pm
Sen. Rich Draheim is trying to reduce his future legislative job prospects, but he’s fine with that.
Categories: Local News

KYMN off the air momentarily – and we’re back! at 1:56pm

KYMN Radio - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 1:43pm

We just had a power surge or something and it has taken out our on-air computer system.  We are temporarily off the air.  Please bear with us and we apologize for the inconvenience

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5 Ways the Konmari Method Can Make Your Home Remodel a Success

Vivus Architecture + Design - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 1:00pm

The Konmari method–and tidying up in general–has grown increasingly popular in the past few months. Whether you are spring cleaning or getting ready to remodel your home, you can find real value in organizing your belongings. Today, we’re going to focus on using the Konmari method (or any organizing strategy!) to make planning your remodel or build easier.

Getting organized showcases your home’s character–as it is!
When your home is cluttered, it’s tough to appreciate what you already have. We start seeing the boxes, totes, and piles instead of the way natural light pours through the windows, or a room’s cozy proportions, or the nice decor hidden under the piles. We start to overlook the charming parts of the house, and often fail to notice that there are maintenance needs that should be obvious. Keeping things tidy allows you to appreciate what you have now while planning for something new.

Getting organized helps you get clear on your values
When getting ready for a remodel or a new house, it’s critical to know yourself–and be honest about what you value. If you are a book lover with several overflowing bookshelves, are you really going to switch to an e-reader when your new home or remodel is done? It is better to plan accessible, beautiful storage for the books you love than to force yourself to forgo something that brings you joy. The same goes for collections and hobbies: if there are items/activities that fulfill you, work with your designer to plan for a place for them instead of hiding your favorite things away in boxes and bins.

Getting organized makes sure you don’t waste precious space
I often help people plan for a remodeling after they’ve given up on cleaning, since they know everything is going to be removed anyway. This actually makes the design process harder. Having a concise inventory of what will be staying with you helps plan for the correct amount of storage and display. Beginning in a new space with the proper storage/display makes keeping the house organized easier going forward.

Getting organized helps you choose the right storage space
Careful storage is better than a lot of storage. Walk-in closets are not better if they are just black holes where you only access the first 24” in the front. If you do best being able to see everything at once, plan for flat closets that open to view. Big linen closets stuffed full of old pillows no one wants to use can be replaced with more storage in the bathroom, a small closet by the bedrooms, and then an out-of-season bedding area elsewhere.

Getting organized saves you money in the long run!
There is a real cost to storing things you don’t really want or need. I’ve helped people plan for large garages and finished basements to store the same (large!) quantity of boxed-up items they have in their current home. Each part of this storage has a cost: the construction cost; the ongoing heating/cooling costs; the maintenance and insurance costs for that square footage. Are the things in those bins worth keeping after considering the construction and future dollars you are committing to them? This can also be true of “buyer club” shopping: what is the cost of the extra space you are using to save a few dollars on bulk paper towels?

By being deliberate with what you keep in your home, you can find more joy in what you already have and save money in the long run–all while working with your designer to create a space that serves you better. If you think your home could use an update, new closets, or a do-over, get in touch to schedule a consultation.

Categories: Businesses

City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:48pm
Event date: February 19, 2019
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Rotary gets visit from granddaughter of WWII political prisoner

Northfield News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:24pm
For all the World War II atrocities that the general public is acutely aware of, there are countless more that most don’t know a thing about.
Categories: Local News

Ask the Contractor: Why is My Project So Damn Expensive?

Northfield Construction Company - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:09pm
We often get asked “Why is my project so damn expensive?” And while there could be a handful of reasons, we are ten reason why your project could reach or exceed the higher end of your budget: Planning is expensive, but a lot less expensive than the consequences of not planning Raw land costs and....
Categories: Businesses

Cannon Falls man killed in rollover; Dennison man sentenced in CVO case; RFP’s sought for Roundabout at 246/Jefferson design; ALC works on steps to boost graduation rates

KYMN Radio - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:02pm

A 58 year old Cannon Falls man is dead after crashing his vehicle on Hwy 56 at Mile Post 84 in Warsaw Township.  Around 11:30 last night, Scott Theodore Friedrich was traveling northbound in a 2001 Chrysler town and country van when he lost control on the snow and ice and rolled into the ditch.

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Artist-in-residence Max Lyonga explains the “universal artist”

Carletonian - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:00pm

Max Lyonga is a painter from Cameroon. But he’s not just a Cameroonian painter. Lyonga served as Carleton’s artist-in-residence from January 27 to February 9. In addition to an artist talk, office hours and class visits, Max spent a great deal of his residency painting—completing five works over the course of two weeks. He has plans to return to campus in April. Meanwhile, his exhibition titled “Art Without Boundaries” will remain on display in the Weitz Hamlin Space until the end of February.

Categories: Colleges

Student organization addresses American identity

Carletonian - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:00pm

In December 2018, Ishmael Maxwell ’21 started a campus branch of the national nonprofit organization “Define American.” Define American strives to humanize immigrant stories and looks further into the notion of identity and citizenship.

Categories: Colleges

Carleton students look to connect campus with Northfield community

Carletonian - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:00pm

“Northfield is such a unique town. There’s two colleges here. I think there’s a connection waiting to happen. I don’t want to leave without getting to know it. Four years is a short time but it’s significant enough that you can be impacted by people and make connections. Outside the bubble there’s a lot of opportunities waiting for us.”

Categories: Colleges

Security sends alert about suspicious figure on campus

Carletonian - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:00pm

Carleton Security Services recently received reports of a suspicious man on campus following, and exposing himself to, students. The man was later identified as Gary Burnette, Jr. Security is working with the Northfield Police Department to address the issue.

Categories: Colleges
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