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The Road Home by NHS alumni, virtually

KYMN Radio - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 5:16am
Each year, to end their Spring Concert, the Northfield High School choirs and alumni sing, The Road Home to honor the seniors performing in their last high school concert. This year the concert was cancelled due to Covid-19. Instead they performed a virtual version. This is it….

EERA on “Preconstruction meetings”

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 7:58pm

Remember this:

Freeborn Wind Pre-construction Mtg? May 14th, 2020

Here’s Commerce-EERA’s response, POST pre-construction meeting:

Hello Ms. Overland,

EERA would like to address your request to be provided information regarding the Freeborn Wind Farm Pre-Construction Meeting held last Wednesday, May 13th.  EERA holds and conducts pre-construction meetings as directed per the issued site permit, which indicates that EERA staff and Commission staff are to meet with the Permittee.  We do occasionally extend invitations to other state agencies and local county staff that have permitting and regulatory authority over portions of the project, local boards or authorities with jurisdiction in the project area, and occasionally participating landowners with interest in project construction activities specific to their property.  These additional attendees are not the same for all projects, and they are only included for clarification and discussion on items or issues for which they have direct approval responsibilities or authority. 

It is our understanding that pre-construction meetings for wind facilities are not covered by Minnesota’s Open Meeting Laws, as there is no final decision being made and there are no individuals present at the meeting with the authority to make a final decision with respect to authorization of project construction.  These meetings are held to ensure that the Permittee has provided the necessary pre-construction filings and satisfied the necessary pre-construction compliance aspects of the conditions and special conditions in their site permit.  Pre-construction meetings are not held as another opportunity for environmental review and public comments.  All the items referenced in compliance filings, general construction activities, turbine locations, access roads, collector lines, ABPP, downstream permits, etc. have been included in the environmental review and public participation associated with the project’s site permit application, public information meeting, development of a draft site permit, public hearing and essentially the entire permitting process as well as the permit amendment process.  

As you have specifically mentioned that the Commission is responsible to promote public participation, and EERA does agree with promoting and encouraging public participation.  However, the Commission is directed to promote and encourage public participation during the site permitting process, which they currently do through public information meetings, public hearings, and public comment periods.  The Commission has issued a site permit, and multiple amended site permits for the Freeborn Wind Farm, with that, the permitting process has been completed and the Project has proceeded on to the permit compliance phase.  EERA is responsible for ensuring that the Permittee is meeting the Commission approved site permit conditions and special conditions. If you have specific compliance concerns, please provide EERA with details on the compliance issue and identify which site permit condition or special conditions has not been complied with, so EERA can follow up.

Thank you,

Rich Davis

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Council approves assessments, Carleton resists its fee

Northfield News - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 6:00pm
The Northfield City Council on Tuesday approved assessments for this year’s planned street repair project in the heart of the city.
Categories: Local News

Senator's bill could help townships struggling with road maintenance

Northfield News - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 5:30pm
Across Minnesota, local township boards are charged with maintaining thousands of miles of gravel roads. That mission is particularly vital to agriculture and commerce, yet while they have few other expenses, many struggle constantly with regular upkeep and maintenance needs.
Categories: Local News

5 Post Consumer Brands employees test positive for virus

Northfield News - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 4:39pm
Five Post Consumer Brands employees in Northfield have tested positive for COVID-19.
Categories: Local News

Rice County has the highest virus incidence rate in southeast Minn.

Northfield News - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 3:17pm
As of Wednesday, Rice County has had 295 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19, ranging in age from 5 months of age through 89 years of age, with a median age of 35.2
Categories: Local News

Seven Oles win Fulbright fellowships

St. Olaf College - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 1:59pm
Seven St. Olaf College seniors and recent graduates have been awarded Fulbright fellowships for 2020–21.
Categories: Colleges

Put into context, National story on covid case spike; Carleton College objects to assessments, council continues their hearing; DMV opens in Nfld; Who’s in, who’s out Nfld elected position filings; Slow Wake zone

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 10:20am
By Teri Knight, News Director  We’ve taken multiple phone calls regarding a national story that Northfield and Faribault was a “hotbed” of covid activity. As reported, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases did go up significantly nearly five times in the last two weeks ago. What’s necessary to understand is the context. Rice County Public

Rhonda Pownell and Ben Martig

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 9:56am
Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and City Administrator Ben Martig discuss the May 19 City Council meeting.  Topics include appeals from Carleton College, UCC Church, and Cannon Gardens for 2020 mill and overlay project assessments, budget timeline, and the nomination of Deputy Chief Mark Elliot as the new police chief.

Senator Tina Smith

KYMN Radio - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 9:42am
U.S. Senator Tina Smith discusses the CARES Act and proposed bills for other relief packages.

A look at dorm life at St. Olaf

Manitou Messenger - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 10:02pm

Throughout the spring of 2020, Teague Peterson-McGuire, Video Journalist for the Messenger created a series of videos about dorm life at St. Olaf. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the series remains incomplete at this time.

Below is a playlist of the completed videos:

Categories: Colleges

City considering an internal hire for police chief

Northfield News - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 9:31pm
Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig is considering nominating current Deputy Chief of Police Mark Elliott to become the next chief of police.
Categories: Local News

Friends You Can Count On 5-19-20

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 5:41pm
Hosts Wayne Eddy and Dina Fesler talk reading during the pandemic.  Guests include Angelica Linder, Outreach Coordinator, and Jamie Stanley, Adult Services Librarian, from the Northfield Public Library, and sisters Daisy, Coco, and Sunny Leonard, who have founded Dynamic Champions of Sisterhood, a book club for girls that reaches around the world.  

2 councilors look for another term; Zweifel won't seek re-election

Northfield News - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 4:15pm
Minnesota’s election filing period for federal, state and local races began Tuesday, and within hours two familiar faces had already filed for re-election to the City Council.
Categories: Local News

Xcel Peak Demand 2019 DOWN

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 3:01pm

It looks like I missed posting Xcel Energy’s Peak Demand for 2019, down from 2018. You can get all their SEC filings on their INVESTORS’ page.

Here’s their 2019 SEC 10-K:

2019 10K_2b8ef42d-594c-5ac9-cc02-0f028be98f42Download

And here’s what the last 20 years looks like:

Categories: Citizens

Director: Faribault's higher number of COVID-19 cases due to employer screening

Northfield News - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 2:30pm
Rice County has nearly five times the number of coronavirus cases it did two weeks ago. But that doesn’t surprise Deb Purfeerst.
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Felon found with short barreled shotgun; Downtown retailers giddy but cautious as they slowly open; Street Assessments challenged at Nfld Council 

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:02pm
By Teri Knight, News Director On Saturday night, an Owatonna man was identified as a witness at a residence in Faribault where a woman overdosed. Officers wanted to speak with all witnesses but 30 year old Joshua Robert Drabek had left the scene. They found him about an hour later, driving. He has a revoked

From the Hill to Real Life: The Last Lecture

St. Olaf College - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 11:54am
Professor of Philosophy Charles Taliaferro explains the tradition of the Last Lecture at St. Olaf on the latest episode of the college podcast From the Hill to Real Life. Join us for a virtual Last Lecture on May 21, 2020.
Categories: Colleges

Lisa Peterson

KYMN Radio - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 9:40am
Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Peterson talks about how local businesses are re-opening under the Governor’s order.

Honors Art students to be recognized in show

Northfield News - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 8:54am
Northfield High School Honors Art students will still be recognized in an approximately two-week art show beginning Friday through June 6.
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