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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From kites flying high above the city to music and food by the river, this year’s River City Days offers a host of activities for all ages and interests — and budgets. The community celebration, which runs Aug. 1-3 this year, includes everything from music, food and carnival games to an arts and crafts show, Bingo, parade and fireworks. New to the lineup this year is the kite festival, organized by the Sister Cities Commission. Set for 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 2, the festival will include contests and prizes, demonstrations by “Mr. Kite” and food vendors on site at Memorial Park.
A plan is in the works that aims to make the Old West Main area more cohesive, welcoming and functional, and the public can learn more about it and give feedback Wednesday July 23. The Old West Main Master Plan draft is available to review, and an open house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m.
Paul’s Industrial Garage was fined $1,800 after dumping an overflowing roll-off box’s contents onto the driveway at 1622 Greenwood St. in Red Wing last month. At their Monday meeting, City Council members approved the fine for illegally dumping municipal solid waste. The fine is a penalty and helps to cover the city’s cleanup cost, which was about $735, according to a staff report. The dumping took place on the afternoon of June 20, Red Wing public works deputy director of solid waste Jeff Schneider said.
Three candidates are hoping to represent the city as a whole on the Red Wing City Council. Erik Fridell, Kalista Kaufmann-Willi and Dustin Schulenberg are on the ballot for the at-large seat in the Aug.
Coordinated Business Systems served as the exclusive office technology provider for the 2014 Major League Baseball All Star game held at Target Field. “It’s an honor to be involved and to contribute to such a great American sporting event such as the All Star Game,” Jim Oricchio, president of Coordinated Business Systems, said.
Editor’s note: Today marks the start of the R-E’s candidate profiles for local races in the Aug. 12 primary election. Candidates’ responses were limited to 150 words. Red Wing City Council’s Ward 4 seat is open this year, and Daniel Johnson, Kent Laugen, Ernest Stone and current council member Peggy Rehder are seeking the spot. Their names are on the ballot for the Aug.
Governor candidate Jeff Johnson will face three other Republicans in the Aug. 12 primary election, but he’s already looking to November and Democrat incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton. “We have been focusing almost entirely on the general election,” Johnson said during a stop in Red Wing. He said that’s because Republicans need to be “united and energized as a party” this fall. “If we are spending these next five weeks beating on each other, it’s going to be really hard to win,” he said. “We’re not taking them for granted either,” lieutenant governor candidate Bill Kuisle added.
The preliminary stage of planning for the Highway 61/Main Street reconstruction project is wrapping up, but there’s still time for the public to weigh in. Comments provided at a public...
For author Jacqueline West, ending her popular “Books of Elsewhere” series meant saying goodbye to friends. “I already miss them,” the Red Wing resident said of the characters in her middle-grade series. The fifth and final volume, “Still Life,” was released last month. West is touring to promote the book — including a stop at the Anderson Center on July 12 — so she hasn’t left the characters behind quite yet, but said it will be tough once that’s all done. But lovers of West’s writing shouldn’t worry.
State auditor candidate Matt Entenza said the most common questions he has been hearing as he travels the state campaigning have been about the basics. People are asking “What does the auditor do?” and “Who is the auditor?” Entenza said during a Monday visit to Red Wing. “I think it’s sad that such an important office has such a low profile,” he said. Entenza said he hopes to change that.