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Egan highlights issues as last day nears

Mayor Dennis Egan took time at his last Red Wing City Council meeting Monday to urge the city to continue addressing key issues.

"I will try and find ways to stay engaged," Egan said. "This is our home."

He listed finding solutions for the futures of Mississippi National Golf Links, the city's incinerator and the marina among issues he hopes the council can solve soon.

He also encouraged members to address bullying in schools, to continue to strengthen relationships with the Prairie Island Indian Community and to help foster growth in the arts and creative community.

"I would encourage us to really have a robust community dialogue," Egan said.

Egan said he hopes residents and the council saw he addressed important issues in his time as mayor and that "in my mind, compromise isn't a dirty word."

"He's put in a huge amount of work and effort," Council President Lisa Bayley said, thanking Egan. "We know you care deeply for the city.

"His passion and love for Red Wing has been evident in his work," said Neela Mollgaard, speaking on behalf of Red Wing 2020 during time for public comment Monday night.

Egan announced in February he would step down and the council officially accepted his resignation, effective April 1, at its March 11 meeting.

Filing for the mayoral special election opens April 2 and closes at 5 p.m. April 16. The special election is scheduled for June 11.

Egan resigned after concerns about a conflict of interest were raised about his work with the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council. He maintained there was no conflict in holding both positions, as did the city attorney, but said the issue had become a "distraction."

Egan was elected in a 2011 special election after former Mayor John Howe became a state senator. Egan was re-elected in November, and the person chosen in the special election will serve the rest of the term ending January 2017.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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