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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The city of Red Wing is working to find a budget balance among a number of factors that sometimes are at odds — a backlog of infrastructure work, keeping property taxes reasonable, operating expenses and a number of other needs and wants. Council members and staff discussed the city’s 2015 operating and capital budgets during a workshop Thursday, though work is far from complete. “We are midway through the budget process,” Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann said.
The City Council agreed Monday to a four-part plan to fund and complete Sheldon Theatre work and improvements. The Sheldon Board had previously approved the proposal, which lays out a timeline and funding plans to complete capital work at the theater. Part one involves using state Legacy funds for masonry work, to be completed in the spring of 2015, Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann said. The most recent funding request has the city dedicating $520,000 in capital improvement project funding for the work with $250,000 from the state, though that could be higher, Kuhlmann said.
Animals. Rides. Music. Food on a stick. It’s time again for the Minnesota State Fair. The Great Minnesota Get-Together kicks off Thursday and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 1. There is plenty to see and do, from sampling new foods and seeing new attractions to revisiting traditional fare and sites. Here is some information to help visitors make the most of the Minnesota State Fair. Transportation To the fair Parking is available at the fair for $13.
Locals were ready with their ideas and concerns when Gov. Mark Dayton visited Red Wing Tuesday with state representatives and officials to talk about oil train safety. From requests for...
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A number of people had hoped to serve on the Red Wing City Council, but Tuesday’s primary election eliminated three candidates and narrowed each race to a maximum of two people. Dustin Schulenberg and Erik Fridell took the top spots in the at-large race, leaving candidate Kalista Kaufmann-Willi off the general election ballot. Incumbent Peggy Rehder will face Kent Laugen this fall; Ernest Stone and Daniel Johnson did not make it through the primary.
It’s time for voters to pare down the long list of candidates seeking office. Tuesday is Primary Election Day and Red Wing residents will see city and county seats on their ballots along with state and federal races. The two Goodhue County Commissioner seats open this year, representing District 2 and District 4, both have a number of candidates. Voters in District 2 will choose from among Brad Anderson, Nora Bryson Felton, Edward McNamara, Sarah J. Pettit and Sandy Wollschlager. Goodhue County District 4 voters must narrow the list to two from Jim Bryant, Keith Fossen, Jason R.
Governor hopeful Kurt Zellers has a lot in common with many Minnesotans, he said during a stop in Red Wing Friday. “I’m an average middle-class Minnesotan, and I think that’s what a lot of people are looking for in their next governor,” he said.
Scott Honour hadn’t run for political office before, but he decided to dive in this time and aim high — governor. “The reason I jumped in the governor’s race is that’s the place where you can really make a major difference,” he said.
When most people encounter police officers, the uniformed men and women likely are writing tickets, performing arrests or carrying out other duties. But community service officer Tim Bohmbach’s role with the Red Wing Police Department is more focused on interacting with residents and working to keep issues from arising. “It’s about getting a connection between the department and citizens,” Bohmbach said.