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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Most, if not all, Red Wing paid-on-call firefighters have other jobs. But when their pagers go off and they respond, they must have a lot of the same knowledge that full-time firefighter/paramedics do. “Because fire doesn’t know or care if you’re a paid-on-call or a full-time guy,” Red Wing Fire Chief Tom Schneider said. He was speaking to potential new paid-on-call firefighters attending an informational session this week.
On the second Monday in October, Red Wing began a tradition of honoring its namesake and Native American heritage rather than the federal holiday dedicated to Christopher Columbus. The City Council voted in April to re-designate Columbus Day as Chief Red Wing Day in the city, starting this year. On Oct. 13, the first Chief Red Wing Day, the 2014 Amos Owen Award was presented at City Hall.
Residents will see some new faces in local government and some familiar names in state legislative leadership next month. The Goodhue County Board, Red Wing City Council and School Board each have new members alongside some re-elected and current officials. On the state level, local lawmakers won bids to continue service as representatives as the GOP took back control of the Minnesota House. Goodhue County saw just less than 50 percent voter turnout for the November general election, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office. State chairmen Red Wing Rep.
Concerns about rail safety gained steam this year locally and statewide, and Red Wing’s involvement included a visit from the governor. The topic gained momentum as communities said they are...
A local group known as the Cultureshed Initiative got city support Monday as it seeks grants for public art and design efforts. The group, formerly the Our Town Committee, convened in October 2013 and has been meeting monthly to “identify and develop creative placemaking strategies for community and economic development within the city of Red Wing,” project leader Cynthia Weitzel told the council. The group is currently working on two potential funding opportunities.
Highway 61 update On the heels of the final public open house before construction, the Red Wing City Council got an update on the Highway 61/Main Street project from Project Manager Aaron Warford of Bolton & Menk Monday evening. He highlighted the next steps and talked about two design issues the council has discussed in the past: the possibility of a right turn lane to alleviate traffic issues caused by vehicles waiting in the Dairy Queen drive-through, and issues with a pedestrian bumpout on East Avenue. Minnesota Department of Transportation did not support adding th
A number of Red Wing Police Department personnel are asking the city to increase the distance they can live from the city. Detective Keegan Quinn and Patrol Officer Chad Steffen presented a petition to the council Monday night signed by two dozen department staff members asking the city’s residency requirement for police officers in the personnel policy be changed from 30 minutes to an hour. Quinn said the 30-minute policy, which was put in place in 2012, has prevented qualified applicants from working for the department and has led to one officer leaving at the end of this month. “By expan
Work is wrapping up on a project under Levee Road that helped avoid potential major issues. About 2,500 feet of cured-in-place pipe liner was installed in the sewer line under Levee Road from Jackson Street to Broad Street. The work was set to finish Friday, Red Wing Deputy Public Works Director Bob Stark said. The original sewer line, installed around 1960, had cracked and was collapsing in parts and groundwater was leaking into the system, Stark said. The sewer work originally was set to take place during the reconstruction of Levee Road, planned for coming years.
The Highway 61/Main Street reconstruction project is nearly set for the next stage. Final plans have been completed and are being reviewed, project manager Aaron Warford told a group that filled the Red Wing Public Library’s Foot Room Thursday evening during the fourth and final public open house for the project the city will host before construction begins next year. The Red Wing City Council will be asked to vote on an agreement for the project next month, Warford said, and project organizers plan to advertise for bids in January as well and open bids in late February. The highly traveled
The city of Red Wing has been talking about necessary capital work — such as on roads, bridges and buildings — for years, and with the 2015 budget and levy the council approved Monday night, that work can now happen, members and staff said. “This is certainly a big deal,” Council President Lisa Bayley said, speaking about the city’s capital improvement plan.