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Will the real Elmer please stand up?

 Thursday evening I participated in a candidate forum at Carleton College, organized by David Holman of the Wellstone House of Organization and Activism. The many attendees were witness to a good discussion from city, county, and school board candidates, and the House 25B candidates, Rep. Ray Cox and myself. Roy Grow was the moderator and […]

Solar Bike Tour in Bridge Square

 The Green Bike Tour passed through Northfield last evening and shared their views and concerns about our energy and economic future on their way through South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Their goal is to educate and inform people about the importance of shifting our reliance on fossil fuel based energy to renewable energy. They […]

Lights Out #9 – Where are we going and how will we get there?

 MAPP addresses MISO’s Market Initiative Tuesday, October 21, the Mid-Continent Area Power Pool (MAPP) held its Regional Conference at Bandana Square – held there because there were too many people to fit into the MAPP headquarters just down Energy Park Drive. It was standing room only wall to wall energy wonks, ranging from electrical engineers, […]

Lights Out #8 – Mid-Continent Area Power Pool

 You got the update from MAAP, now here’s the update from MAPP! Following is an update from Carol Overland: On October 16, 2003, the Northern MAPP Sub-regional Planning Group, chaired by Mike Steckelberg of GRE, met at MAPP headquarters in St. Paul. These meetings are where the transmission plans for the MAPP northern region are […]

Lights Out #7 – Mesaba “Two Lobbyists and a Wife” Power Plant

 Boon-dog-gle a wasteful or impractical project or activity often involving graft. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Ed.(2000), p. 132. The editorial in the St. Paul Pioneer Press put it well: What oinks and has its head on backward? No, this isn’t about feedlots and H.F. 1202. In this case, the St.PPP was referring to the federal […]

Lights out #6 – Two Lobbyists and a Wife

 The Mesaba power plant, which I wrote about on October 2, is finally attracting a closer look, and none too soon, given the federal loan guarantees under consideration: Politics behind Iron Range power plant plan questioned Question of power on Iron Range Overland, the Red Wing utility regulatory attorney, said, “This power is not needed, […]

Lights Out #5 – Mesaba

 “Two Lobbyists and a Wife” Coal Plant – Now it’s a Federal Issue! Mesaba’s corporate welfare is in the news again, but this time, it’s gone from a $10 million grant from the state to a whopping $800 million loan guarantee from the federal government! RANGE POWER PLANT PROJECT BRINGS POLITICAL PARTIES TOGETHER, by Lee […]


 From Power outages to power lines energy is in the news a lot these days. It’s not all negative there are some interesting things happening in the next few weeks: RIDE WITH THE WIND Here’s an event for the weekend after next that just came in over the wire – RENew’s ‘Ride With The Wind’ […]

Lights Out? Here’s another way!

 There’s lots of ethereal talk about renewable energy, but renewable energy is a very real ‘hands on’ alternative that is viable today. These are photos taken (by a RENew Northfield board member) at an installation of two small scale (under 40 kW) wind turbines last week at the Springer farm near Owatonna. Joseph Springer and […]