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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No conflict found In a public statement read after a closed-session discussion, the City Council said no ethical concerns or conflicts of interest were found with Council member Ralph Rauterkus serving on Red Wing Ignite’s board of directors. A citizen raised the concern, the council said, and an investigation was then conducted. “The investigation concluded there is no statutory conflict of interest, as Council member Rauterkus does not derive personal financial benefit from involvement with Red Wing Ignite,” Council President Dean Hove read from the statement.
The city of Red Wing’s Human Rights Commission was tasked Monday with discussing a resolution supporting law enforcement, and council members encouraged public dialogue on the topic. Following public comment and a discussion on their options after voting at their last meeting to reconsider the original resolution, Red Wing City Council members voted 4-2 Monday to rescind the resolution and to send the issue to the Human Rights Commission for a recommendation. “This topic needs a lot more public dialogue” than just the council discussion, Council member Ralph Rauterkus said. The issue garner
ProAct recently named the city of Red Wing its Employer of the Year. ProAct is a nonprofit that serves people with disabilities and other challenges, with facilities in Red Wing, Eagan, Zumbrota and Hudson, Wisconsin. Operations Foreman Dan Anderson said the ProAct crews do a very good job, and are very concerned and considerate.
Editor's note: This is a story from an incident in 2015. For information on the January 2017 incident, click here: http://www.republican-eagle.com/news/crime-and-courts/4206282-red-wing-o...
James Chalmers doesn’t do his extensive work in the community — from coaching Special Olympics and helping the Red Wing football team to serving his church — for the accolades. But on Monday night, City Hall echoed with applause as Chalmers was named the 2015 Amos Owen Award recipient. Human Rights Commission Chairman Scott Bender listed Chalmers’ many contributions and accomplishments, including coaching Special Olympics for 23 years, working with the Red Wing High School football team and running the Twin Cities marathon five times, raising awareness of people with disabilities and challen
Tobacco, e-cig changes finalized A set of changes to the city’s regulation of tobacco and e-cigarettes got another tweak Monday before gaining final approval. Red Wing City Council members removed a provision setting a minimum clerk age of 18 for selling tobacco before a 5-2 vote approving the changes. Council President Dean Hove said his main concern with the proposal was for small businesses. “I’d rather leave it up to the business owner,” Council member Jason Sebion said of allowing those 16 and 17 to sell products.
A single sentence in a resolution supporting law enforcement has brought significant attention to Red Wing and led City Council members to take a step back, calling for more discussion. The council voted Monday to reconsider the resolution it approved at its last meeting, which included a provision backing the National Fraternal Order of Police’s efforts to expand the federal hate crimes law to protect police. Council member Lisa Bayley requested the reconsideration Monday. “I felt that the main impact or main reason we voted on that resolution and what we discussed at length was support fo
The arts took center stage Friday at the Sheldon Theatre, but the audience wasn’t there for a play or concert. Seated on stage — as preparations for the Fall Festival...
The way the city of Red Wing regulates tobacco and electronic cigarettes has triggered a lot of discussion, with more anticipated Monday night as the City Council considers a final vote on a pared-down set of changes. The ordinance amendments before the council at Monday’s meeting aren’t quite as extensive as the original recommendations, but Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman said they are a good start. “I think we took a good step forward in trying to protect the youth of the community and preventing their access to tobacco products,” he said after the council’s vote to introduce the chan
A resolution supporting police officers that has garnered widespread attention will be back up for discussion Monday as the Red Wing City Council considers asking for state action. Council members will be asked at their meeting to vote on a request to the area’s state lawmakers — Sen. Matt Schmit and Rep. Tim Kelly — to introduce a bill considering crimes against peace officers in Minnesota a “crime of bias” and to adequately fund a program that provides reimbursement for protective vests. The proposal comes after the council approved a resolution at its Sept.