In July, Goodhue Wind Truth filed a rulemaking petition at the Public Utilities Commission, to spur a close look at the wind siting rules:

Just Filed – Petition for Wind Siting Rulemaking

Cohen – Criminal Information

August 23rd, 2018

For all of you wondering about the basis for Cohen’s guilty plea, here ya go, primary documentation:


This is not just about his failure to report income which avoided $1.4 million in taxes (where’s the penalties and interest?). not just about paying hush money to women, it is also about arranging media outlet “purchase” of women’s stories and then the stories were buried.  It is also about a payment of $50,000 for “tech services,” which there’s been allegations that this was for Russian hacking. An interesting read…

Keep at it, Mueller.  Follow the money!

Time off?  HA!  Haven’t had enough time off this summer!  And what with Pine Island City Council meeting about the ICE detention facility (JAIL) and success on that front, and relatives from Norway the following day who were visiting St. Olaf and us too, WHEW, busy time. Nerstrand was pretty empty, which was good, because the sites are so close together, and not much vegetation separating the sites.  From our table, there were 3 tables less than 40 feet away!  Overnight neighbors at two sites the first night, the one behind us, we could almost reach out the window and touch their big trailer.  But they left, and the nearby sites were empty after that (Ja, it’s not exactly primitive, but with screwed up back, that’s how it is!)  Joys of mid-week camping!

Love my new stove, it’s perfect!  Needs more of a wind screen if it’s super windy, and a rain fly hanging from the awning in the rain.

But glad to have a little home and office in the Big Woods.  WITH internet access in the camper this time!  Must be some new cell towers in the neighborhood.

Library Binding Little House in the Big Woods Book

ICE OUT in Pine Island!

August 22nd, 2018

Amazing.  Tonight the Pine Island City Council reversed its position and rescinded it’s previous Resolution in support of the ICE detention center proposed for Elk Run area of Pine Island.  YES!

KAAL – The City of Pine Island Rescinds Support for ICE Detention Facility

KIMT – Pine Island changes its mind on an ICE detention center

Here’s the Resolution rescinding the previous Resolution:

Here’s the original Resolution of support, boilerplate language from the proposed developers:

It’s DONE, for now.  It could come back, but methinks they understand that we’re ready!  Methinks they know what to expect if they try again!


DFL?  “Endorsed” Ellison today?  SHAME:

DFL Central Committee endorses Keith Ellison for attorney general

This behavior is not something open to “plausible denial” by the DFL.  There was a similar public allegation against Ellison over a decade ago:

The Truth About Keith Ellison

Obviously the Wright County Republican, as a source, is due some skepticism, but, yeah, the similarities are disturbing.  Today, what’s important to note is that given this other example, there is no way the DFL did not know of the allegations back circa 2005-2006.  That should inform this month’s allegations.  Two points makes a line.  How many points do you need to have an unfit candidate?

The way the DFL is circling the wagons around Keith Ellison, after shooting Al Franken, tossing him under the wagon, and then dragging him cross country from D.C. to Minnesota, it’s shameful.

With its support of Ellison, the DFL now indeed does face the very real possibility of such strong backlash that many may sit out the Attorney General race in disgust, and Wardlow might be the next Attorney General of Minnesota.  WHAT?!?!  How horrific can it get?

Come on, folks.  Minn. Stat. 204B.13 provides the avenue for withdrawal of Keith Ellison as a candidate for Attorney General of the State of Minnesota — if the DFL and Ellison want to make that happen:


Subdivision 1.Partisan office.

(a) A vacancy in nomination for a partisan office must be filled in the manner provided by this section. A vacancy in nomination exists for a partisan office when a major political party candidate who has been nominated in accordance with section 204D.03, subdivision 3, or 204D.10, subdivision 1:

(1) dies;

(2) withdraws by filing an affidavit of withdrawal, as provided in paragraph (b), at least one day prior to the general election with the same official who received the affidavit of candidacy; or

(3) is determined to be ineligible to hold the office the candidate is seeking, pursuant to a court order issued under section 204B.44.

(b) An affidavit of withdrawal filed under paragraph (a), clause (2), must state that the candidate has been diagnosed with a catastrophic illness that will permanently and continuously incapacitate the candidate and prevent the candidate from performing the duties of the office sought, if elected. The affidavit must be accompanied by a certificate verifying the candidate’s illness meets the requirements of this paragraph, signed by at least two licensed physicians. The affidavit and certificate may be filed by the candidate or the candidate’s legal guardian.

What happens?  DFL “endorses” Ellison.  But then, this primary showed the value of DFL endorsements.