Public sector employee compensation has become a topic for discussion with the local media. According to Minnesota Statute 13 Government Data Practices, certain data pertaining to a public sector employee is public.
The hard work of the Goodhue County Railroad Authority, Red Rock Corridor Committee and Minnesota High Speed Commission has been able to keep the Chicago-Winona-Red Wing-St. Paul as part of the high speed rail route known as the “River Route."
The Public Health and Social Service departments merged in August 2010. The new Health and Human Service is currently located in the Citizens Building and the Government Center. It is the goal of many to relocate the H&HS staff to a single building.
The recent slaughter of 28 people, 20 of them children, in a Connecticut elementary school is only the latest of many mass murders, including some 61 shootings which have occurred in 30 different states since 1982.
While politicians offer up competing plans to restore our economy and create jobs, American freight railroads are already doing their part — investing $23 billion this year alone to maintain and expand the nation’s rail network.
Until the lights go out and furnaces shut down, many people take electricity and natural gas for granted. So we all paid attention when nearly 10 million utility customers lost power in the wake of superstorm Sandy and the recent nor’easter.
The city is considering granting Xcel Energy a conditional-use permit to allow a substantial expansion of the ash refuse landfill off of Bench Street. The Red Wing Planning Commission has a meeting Nov. 20 to hear from all sides prior to making a recommendation to the City Council.
Red Wing residents are being asked to determine whether a local option sales tax is a good idea. On Nov. 6, the general election ballot will include a question asking voters to decide whether an additional half-cent sales tax should be collected. A greater than 50 percent “yes” vote of the voters who vote would approve the referendum question.
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