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CANNON FALLS—In a closed door session on Monday, Feb. 12, Cannon Falls City Council members decided to remove two key staffers: City Administrator Ron Johnson and Public Works Director Tom Bergeson. Bergeson has been with the city since 2009 and Johnson came aboard in 2014. Bergeson previously worked for the city of Kenyon and Johnson was city administrator for Zumbrota, then Lake City, before coming to Cannon Falls.
A heated discussion about the city's legislative agenda occupied nearly 40 minutes of the City Council's regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 12. Council member Peggy Rehder passionately defended her position that the city should hold off on asking Minnesota lawmakers for funds this year. The former Washington, D.C., lobbyist said that, after successfully receiving $19 million in state bonding last year, coming to the Legislature with our hands out in 2018 would be a waste of time.
Red Wing police served a drug search warrant to occupants of a home near Centennial and Seventh streets Friday, Feb. 16. Resulting from the search, police were able to arrest Angela Winter on fourth-degree drug charges and Jacob Knecht and Dierck Ramirez on fifth-degree drug charges.
Just days away from the inaugural Big Turn Music Fest, founder Sam Brown and assistant director Brooke Herling are exhausted but excited. They've sold 330 tickets online and expect to sell more before the music starts on Friday night. Along with the crowd of show-goers, 250 musicians will perform that weekend and 120 volunteers will help keep it all on track. "It's gonna be a hip-hoppin' time," Brown said with a laugh. Big Turn may lead the pack with 700-plus attendees this weekend, but other fun events are happening around town as well.
Carlene Clayton moved to Red Wing for a girl; when that relationship didn't work out, Brian Johnson moved here for her. The couple now rent a home where they dote on their elderly dog and two rescue cats. Both are happily employed at 3M and they recently got engaged. They're building a life together that they love here in Red Wing but both agree one thing's missing: community.
Some residents in Goodhue County were surprised to learn their property taxes were submitted late, Commissioner Barney Nesseth told colleagues at the Goodhue County Board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 6. Nesseth said that some of his constituents put their property taxes in the mail on the due date, but those letters weren't postmarked until the next day, resulting in a fine. He asked the board to consider a one-time waiver of those fees, but bellow commissioners did not approve his motion.
Neiko John Koehne, 25, was brought in on multiple violent charges Feb. 8 including threats of violence, fourth-degree assault, interfering with a police officer and domestic assault. According to the criminal complaint, Koehne shoved a pregnant woman against a wall, made verbal threats to her and kicked her dog across the room before leaving the premises with his juvenile son and driving while intoxicated to another location.
Goodhue County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation remind citizens not to dump snow on public roads. It is unlawful and hazardous to plow, blow, shovel or otherwise place snow on public roads — including the ditch and right of way area along the roads. Violations are considered misdemeanors, but other penalties apply if the improper snow placement leads to a crash. This can apply to both the property owner and person who placed the snow. Let's keep our roads, intersections, exits and entrances clean and unobstructed this season, authorities said.
When Dustin Heckman became executive director for the Goodhue County Historical Society on March 31, 2014, the organization was just about to publish "The Sea Wing Disaster." Heckman had to jump in with both feet and quickly learn the boat's history in which one fateful trip to Lake City left 98 passengers dead in the water on July 13, 1890. When Heckman came aboard four years ago, GCHS wasn't much better off, members say.
Girl power. Living your best life. #MeToo. "Women supporting women" may sound like a moral imperative straight out of the modern feminist handbook, but a group of dedicated women have been doing just that in secrecy all across America for nearly 150 years. "It used to be people didn't talk about it — it was sort of like secret, you know," said P.E.O. sister Sandy Carrington. "We don't want it like that. We want people to be aware."