Camping season is winding down

October 16th, 2018

Greetings from my office in Myre-Big Island State Park!  It’s the perfect place for a client meeting, and a meeting with a local attorney, drafting a Petition for Reconsideration… nothing like having a fully equipped office with wheels!  The downside is that there’s a season where it works, and a season where it doesn’t — for sure it does not work in the dead of winter.

We’re getting to the end of the season, it came to an end too quickly.  There was about an inch of snow here, it rained/sleeted/snowed all night Friday and all day Saturay.  Sunday morning people cleared out of here like it was on fire.  Our furnace and little heater kept up well, and one down comforter was sufficient!

Cooking was kinda rough the first two days, but washing dishes was worse!  Then today arrived and the sun was out and it was beautiful!

Sadie got to play with her “cousin” Sandie at the dog park two days running, and she was a happy, pooped, and socialist puppy!  They’re getting along quite well, but Sandie is… well… a PUPPY!  She’s now bigger than Sadie, plump and jiggly, whereas Sadie is for sure greyhound style.

Got to see little bro’s “new” house, and, well, it’s a good thing he didn’t get the first one he told me about down there, Hwy 13 in Hartland, right near Bernie and Cheryl Hagen and right in Bent Tree!  DON’T YOU DARE!  I sent Alan and Sadie out to play while I was writing, and there was some serious bonding going on the first day at the dog park and Home Depot.  A few mods to the camper, we now have two more stable tables, and a new outlet where the camper was designed for an air conditioner plug, so running little electric heater and oven or tea kettle at the same time is no problem.  One less thing to think about.  It was odd, there were two circuits, everything was on one, and nothing on the other, but all set up and ready to run, just needed an outlet. Who needs an air conditioner, particularly in a camper!  But we all need another outlet, eh?

Only one more meeting to go, and then homeward bound!



Remember when AWA Goodhue and Pickens were pushing that wind project in Goodhue County and accused the local folks of “promiscuous ice fishing” and baiting eagles?  Well, above is what Goodhue Wind Truth’s Marie McNamara had to say about that… and we’re still at it.

A couple months ago, we filed yet another rulemaking petition, this one was the 2nd for wind rulemaking in Minnesota, to address the big holes in Minn. R. Ch. 7854, the wind siting rules.


The Commission wasn’t thrilled, and denied the petition:

20189-146644-01_Order Denying Petition

DENY THE PETITION?  WHEN THERE ARE NO WIND SITING RULES?  Yeah, right… so here’s what we filed today:

Goodhue Wind Truth_Petition for Reconsideration

Presidential Alert?

October 3rd, 2018

“Presidential Alert” is a type of “alert.”  What?  Weather alert? No… Disaster alert – that’s a likely Presidential thing.  But really, what is the point of this?

I got three.  Each wants me to say, “OK.”  Ummmmmmm, no.  And screen won’t go away, apparently unless I hit “OK.”  So taking battery out.

And btw, I had my phone set on vibrate and it still shrilly beeped.  So it overrides the “vibrate” setting.

FEMA has a page on this:

The IPAWS National Test

And an email for comments:

Three issues for me:

1) Supposed to be a FEMA alert, but it says “Presidential Alert.”  WHAT?  WHY?

2) It overrode my vibrate setting and screeched. WHAT? HOW? WHY?

3) It said “OK.”  No, not OK. NO option to say “Not OK.”

Trump is going to be here for another of his rallies — he has to raise money to cover his legal fees somehow, and here it is — THE LINK FOR TICKETS.

Mayo Civic Center

30 Civic Center Drive SE

Rochester, MN  55904

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and it starts at 6:30 p.m.

Road and sidewalk closures in the area:

The rules per the ticket:

No posters, banners, or signs may be brought into the event.  There is no dress code. No professional cameras with a detachable lens are permitted. No tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, or GoPros. ID is not required for entry.  For further questions, please email

KAAL has info on road closures, bus info (FREE on Thursday), parking, etc. HERE!  And below…



From City of Rochester via KAAL TV:


  • Residents and visitors are encouraged to use special Park & Ride parking located at the West Lot of Rochester Community and Technical College.
  • Frequent shuttle service to and from downtown will be offered for the entire day at no cost.
  • The West Lot is located off of College Parkway SE on the west of campus. Buses will board at the designated Park & Ride stop at the center of the lot. If needed, overflow parking will be accommodated in the adjacent gravel lot.
  • Rochester Municipal Parking ramps and lots are expected to fill early and remain full for the duration of Thursday.

Rochester Public Transit (RPT)

  • Thursday will be a fare holiday. No fares will be charged on any RPT route and ZIPS paratransit service for the entire operating day (5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.).
  • Those who typically commute downtown are strongly encouraged to use transit to avoid the disruption of road closures and to reduce associated delays.
  • The city maintains six Park & Ride lots circling Rochester that provide express service to downtown. Local routes provide access from most neighborhoods.
  • Several routes will follow a detour all day Thursday.  Routes that normally travel along 3 Avenue SE, Civic Center Drive SE, and 2 Street SE will be following a detour to the south along 4 Street SE.
  • Congestion on the downtown roadways is likely to cause service delays system-wide, especially during the afternoon peak period. Please plan ahead and leave extra time.
  • See for route information or call 507-328-RIDE for help planning your route.

Road Closures

  • Road closures will begin at 8:00am on Thursday, October 4, 2018
    • E Center Street from Civic Center Drive NE to the entrance of Mayo Field
    • Civic Center Drive NE from E Center Street to 2nd Street SE
    • 1st Street SE from 1st Avenue SE to Civic Center Drive NE
    • 2nd Street SE from 1st Avenue SE to Civic Center Drive NE
    • 3rd Avenue SE from 2nd Street SE to the entrance of the Ironwood Square Building

Pedestrian Trail Closures

  • The pedestrian trail from E Center Street around the East side of the Mayo Civic Center will be closed to all pedestrian traffic starting at 8:00am on Thursday, October 4, 2018.
  • Due to the expected crowds, anticipate impacts along the trails near the Mayo Civic Center.

City of Rochester

  • City Hall and the Government Center will close to the public at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.
  • There will be no public access into the building after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.
  • The public parking in the City Hall lot will be closed at 3:00 p.m. Thursday.

Rochester Public Library

  • The library will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.
  • All programming at the library has been cancelled for Thursday.
  • The Friends of the Library Bookstore will be closed all day Thursday.
  • Bookmobile service will not be impacted.

Mayo Civic Center

  • As a publicly owned facility, Mayo Civic Center is open and available for reservation and use without discrimination by any entity or group able to comply with the laws and regulations governing the use. The City of Rochester and the Mayo Civic Center do not endorse any political candidates or parties.
  • The Mayo Civic Center and the Mayo Civic Center Box Office are closed to the general public on Thursday.
  • Only conference attendees and those visiting for business purposes will have access to the building via the skyway check-point.
  • The following items will not be permitted in the building: bags, backpacks, large purses, umbrellas, posters, banners, signs, professional cameras with detachable lenses, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, and GoPro cameras.
  • Entrance to the building for the President Trump Campaign Rally will be located off of the Riverfront Plaza, located on the south-side of Mayo Civic Center. The line will form here. Street level west entrances to the building will be closed to the public.

Rochester International Airport

  • Commercial flights may experience delays between approximately 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you have a flight during that time frame, it is recommended to check your flight status with your airline.
  • Private flights will not be permitted to operate between approximately 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. due to a temporary flight restriction.
  • Spectators will need to park in the Airport main terminal parking lot. Parking fees will apply. Please note, the general public will not be allowed within the Airport perimeter fence.

Additional Details for President Trump Campaign Rally Event Attendees

  • Tickets are required in order to enter the Mayo Civic Center for the rally.
  • Tickets are not available at the Mayo Civic Center.
  • If you do not already have tickets, you will not be able to enter the arena.
  • More tickets have been distributed by the White House than space is available in the arena, therefore having a ticket does not guarantee admittance.
  • Once the main arena is full, ticket holders will be invited to view the speech from an overflow area. Once that space is full, no one else can be admitted.
  • Attendees are encouraged to plan ahead, and to consider taking advantage of the day’s free transit service to reach downtown.
  • Be mindful of the restrictions outlined for items that cannot be brought into the arena.
  • The Secret Service will be handling screening and admitting attendees to the arena.
  • Mayo Civic Center staff and Rochester Police representatives will be overseeing activity outside of the arena.