STAY HOME, Minnesota!

April 16th, 2020

Minnesota Historical Society extends closing of museums, other sites to June 30

Today, Minnesota Gov. Walz announced a Midwest consortium, similar to those on West and Mid-Atlantic/East coasts:

Walz joins pact with Midwest Governors to reopen economy

Some folks just don’t get it, and are actively opposing STAY HOME! They’re putting lives of family, friends, neighbors, community DEAD last in their priorities.

Prime example is the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus, which is promoting “Open Up Minnesota,” to push for termination of STAY HOME and open Minnesota for business and increased infection, sickness, and deaths.

Worse is today’s “event,” “Liberate Minnesota” in front of the Governor’s Mansion tomorrow afternoon. Seeing the one in Michigan, poorly attended, with most not even wearing masks, much less keeping any distance… what will their health be like in a couple weeks?

The good news is that Michigan’s Governor’s polling has gone up with her handling of COVID.

New poll shows Whitmer approval jumps during COVID-19 pandemic

These “reopen” folks really ought to rethink this… is there a clearer example of “shooting themselves in the foot” … DOH!

Can you believe?!?!?! Terminating “STAY HOME!”
RELEASE: Statement on House GOP resolution to protect Minnesotans, begin to reopen Minnesota – (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)

Text of this Resolution HERE!

Call Rep. Kurt Daudt: (651) 296-5364



Mine is Rep. Barb Haley (651) 296-8635

States’ Rights, anyone

April 13th, 2020

Trump says he’ll decide on easing guidelines, not governors

Well, let’s see how this plays out…


April 8th, 2020

Safe voting, everyone!

Supreme Court of Wisconsin – April 6, 2020:

And then on to the U.S. Supreme Court:


When I found this photo, there was no attribution or discussion, but given it was yesterday, it sure looks like “Voting in Wisconsin” to me:

PUC Complaint process? HA!

April 5th, 2020

Association of Freeborn County Landowners filed letters notifying the Public Utilities Commission of prohibited construction ongoing at the Freeborn Wind site, first last Wednesday, and then on Friday, about fiber optic preparation, equipment storage, and stakes:

And Dept of Commerce EERA response:

Friday’s letter was about installation of fiber optic, when supposedly they had been allowed to grade and put in the foundation of substation and O&M building. Here’s the Compliance Filing about that:

From that filing:

Does this look like “project substation and O&M building site preparation (grading in a row crop agricultural field on land owned by Xcel Energy) and pouring of the concrete pad” to you?

Look at the response we got regarding that fiberoptic construction:

And from that DoC-EERA letter:

Complaint process… hmmmm… how did that work for Bernie and Cheryl Hagen? It took, how many complaints, over, what, SEVEN years before resolution through buy-out and settlement? And about the complaints about the MinnCan pipeline construction…

The complaint process was an issue in the Freeborn Wind contested-case, from AFCL’s Initial Brief quoting none other than Rich Davis:

Yes, that’s the testimony of Rich Davis, Commerce-EERA, the same one who wrote both the letters above. Commerce did not revise the complaint process,. Xcel Energy unilaterally provided its “Complaint Process” on December 6, 2019, just prior to the Commission’s December 19, 2019 meeting about the permit amendment:

There was no opportunity to comment on the “Compliance Filing.” The “Complaint Process” as proposed by Xcel Energy was just tacked on to the Permit, Attachment A, and that was the end of it. Review of the complaint process? Nope, didn’t happen. No change, a cut and paste, this time with an Xcel Energy person as the contact. It’s as dysfunctional as ever.

You want to see complaints made under the permit “complaint process?” OK, we can do that. But be assured that they WILL be PUBLIC, and not hidden, as they were for so long for the Bent Tree project, and others too.