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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Lincoln High School teacher Nikki Beucler recently received a $5,000 grant through DuPont Pioneer and the National Association of Agriculture Educators’ program to implement Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education in her classroom. DuPont Pioneer awarded $300,000 in grants to agriscience educators, the company said.
Erik Fridell and Dustin Schulenberg both have run for office in Red Wing before, though neither has been elected yet.
In the chambers they would sit in if elected to the Red Wing City Council, candidates discussed and debated a number of issues Thursday evening, from a second fire station to chickens in the city. During a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, candidates found much they agreed on while answering a series of varied questions at City Hall.
Dan Munson won’t be the only name on the ballot for the Red Wing City Council Ward 3 seat, but he is now the only candidate left campaigning for the spot after Rick Voges dropped out of the race this month. Munson would be a newcomer to the council, filling the seat currently held by Council member Mike Schultz, who is not seeking re-election. Current Council member Dean Hove is running unopposed for his seat representing Wards 1 and 2 combined. Name : Dean Hove Age : 54 Address : 4149 Highway 61 Occupation : Maintenance e
There will now be just two contested races for the Red Wing City Council after candidate Rick Voges announced this week he will no longer seek the Ward 3 spot. Dan Munson is the only candidate actively seeking election to represent Ward 3 now that Voges withdrew, citing work, church and personal reasons. It’s too late to remove his name from the ballot, however. Voges said in an interview that new responsibilities at his church, Calvary Chapel in Red Wing, along with his work schedule and other personal matters meant he no longer felt he could devote the time needed to serve on the council
Wednesday will be recognized locally and statewide as “Choose to be G.R.E.A.T. Day” due to efforts by the Red Wing Police Department. Gov. Mark Dayton made the proclamation after a request from the department to highlight the program — Gang Resistance Education and Training — that Red Wing started offering this year. Two Red Wing police officers teach the six-week program at the fifth-degrade level now, with plans to expand to grade 7 in the future.
A friendly rivalry will play out this weekend in Red Wing for a good cause. Local law enforcement and firefighters will face off during the Guns vs. Hoses softball game and fundraiser Sunday afternoon while raising money for the Packing for the Weekend program. “The fire department and law enforcement in this area have a relationship that’s really unique,” firefighter and one of the event organizers Josh Johnholtz said. “A lot of us are friends on and off duty.
The City Council voted 6-1 Monday to approve a reconstruction project on Levee Road, from Jackson to Broad streets, that includes a roundabout. The design spurred discussion Monday and at the last meeting, where Council members tabled the issue after Council member Mike Schultz spoke in opposition and member Marilyn Meinke was absent. The project needed six of seven members’ approval to move forward. Engineering Director Ron Rosenthal said the roundabout makes sense for future plans in the area.
The City Council unanimously approved a preliminary tax levy and budget Monday night after hearing new information members said is good news. The city was expecting a tax bump from improvements at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island nuclear plant, which staff and council members have said would offer an opportunity for the city to capture increased property taxes without significantly affecting other taxpayers. But Finance Director Marshall Hallock said Monday that data from the county shows while the city had anticipated Xcel Energy would go up 16 percent, it’s actually more than twice that —
A two-year construction timeline is looking likely for the Highway 61/Main Street reconstruction project. Council members discussed the plan during their Monday night meeting and came to a consensus that...