Danielle Killey is the city reporter for the Republican Eagle, where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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Red Wing City Council members are working on a formal process to gather proposals for Mississippi National Golf Links' future. The council discussed the issue at its meeting Monday and generally agreed to continue developing a request for proposals. The formal process will allow the city to compare ideas and plans for the course, evaluate them more equally as applicants respond to the same questions and get a better idea of specifics, many members said. "I think it's the most transparent and fair way to approach it," Council member Marilyn Meinke said.
June brought a little more seasonal weather than past months, but heavy rains and other weather issues continued to be a problem for farmers and homeowners. The temperatures ranged from near freezing with a low of 33 degrees on June 5 to more typical summer temperatures in the 80s throughout much of the second half of the month. Gusts of wind up to 52 mph were recorded n June 20, also the hottest day last month at 88 degrees. Twenty mph gusts also were listed on June 8 and 9.
Red Wing City Council members are working to decide what they want for Mississippi National Golf Links, and said they made some headway Monday. At a council workshop, Jeff Schoenbauer of Schoenbauer Consulting presented a preliminary study. He said there is no solution for the course that will satisfy everyone but suggested the city decide what it wants from MNGL and open up a request for proposals process. "You'd be looking at real numbers from real proposals," he said, which could help with the decision-making process.
Dan Bender is no stranger to City Hall, but Red Wing's new mayor said he views this role as a different one. "It's going to be a different kind of involvement, it already has been," Bender said. Bender was sworn in as mayor Monday night after winning a special election for the spot earlier this month. His return to City Hall was somewhat of a surprise, even to him. He had stepped off the City Council after he completed his term last December and said he was going to look for other ways to get involved in the community.
Monday 45 p.m. Red Wing City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall council chambers. Tuesday Pierce County Building Committee, 4 p.m., Courthouse boardroom. Red Wing Sustainability Commission, 5:30 p.m., City Hall Mississippi River Conference Room. Red Wing Sister Cities Commission workshop, 7 p.m., City Hall Mississippi River Conference Room. Pierce County Board, 7 p.m., Courthouse boardroom. Wednesday Pierce County Revolving Loan Fund, 8 a.m., Courthouse boardroom.
Food is often an important part of Fourth of July celebrations, which often center on picnics or an outdoor meal. Red, white and blue-themed appetizers and desserts can add a festive touch to the parties. Those can range from simple mixtures, such as berries and ice cream, to complicated layered cakes. Blueberries and raspberries or strawberries are fun and sweet ingredients to help any dish match the colors of Old Glory. Just layer with ice cream, yogurt, whipped cream or white cake to make the match complete.
Options are emerging as the city continues to discuss Mississippi National Golf Links' future. A study group composed of City Council members, staff and consultants from Schoenbauer Consulting and Springsted plans to present some preliminary findings before the end of the month. The group has been gathering information for a council recommendation since May. This week, local nonprofit Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation announced it received a $200,000 anonymous matching donation.
Citizens now have another option for sharing ideas and voicing their opinions on Red Wing issues. The city recently launched imagineredwing.com, a site that includes forums, polls and other ways for participants to get involved in discussions. "We want you to think of this site as a digital town square," Council President Lisa Bayley says in an introductory video on the website. Planning Director Brian Peterson said the city had been looking ways to get citizens more involved that didn't necessarily mean coming to public meetings. "It's not to take the place of other ways of involving citi
Dan Bender is Red Wing's new mayor. Bender garnered 945 votes of the 2,455 cast in Tuesday's special election, according to unofficial results. "I thought that we had done a good job," Bender said. "When I was out campaigning it was pretty well received.
Red Wing residents will have the chance Tuesday to choose their new mayor. The special mayoral election is June 11. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Other than the ballot listing only one race, the election process will be no different for voters than general elections, City Clerk Kathy Johnson said. Johnson said she is hoping more voters will hit the polls Tuesday than did in the February 2011 special mayoral election. "There is some more interest this year because you've got more candidates running," Johnson said.