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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The Red Wing Area Fund is proud of the work it did in 2012, said Chair Suzanne Blue. The local nonprofit recently released its 2012 annual report to the community...
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This year's Diversity Festival theme was "Explore Your Roots," and the latest Amos Owen Award recipient was doing just that Saturday. Carol Duff was not able to accept the award in person as she was on a trip to Poland to research family. But it's activities like those travels that made her right for the award, according to those that nominated her. She works to broaden the community's understanding of diversity, different cultures and acceptance, they said, including bringing her travel experiences back to the community.
A number of Red Wing residents and buildings, including the high school campus, were without water service for part of the day Tuesday after a valve malfunctioned. The water tower off Pioneer Road is out of service while it is being painted, so pipes and plumbing are in place at another station to provide water to the area, Public Works Deputy Director Bob Stark said. But a valve that controls pressure started to cycle Monday, continually swinging from high to low pressure.
Many people in the Red Wing area don't realize poverty is an issue here, according to the organizers of an upcoming community forum. "We want to tell people it's real, it's happening here and it's getting bigger," said Maureen Nelson of the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties. And they also want to find out what can be done about it. "How does the community wrap around them and support them?" Nelson said of the people struggling with poverty.
A black cloud over the future of Mississippi National Golf Links has lifted. The Red Wing City Council unanimously approve a settlement in litigation surrounding the course Monday, putting an end to the legal battle. "We can finally move forward," Council President Lisa Bayley said. The city filed litigation last fall alleging breach of contract and raising other issues after former operator Wendell Pittenger closed the course. Associated Bank — which holds a bond on the course — also was involved in the suit.
Red Wing City Council unanimously approved a preliminary tax levy of $14,738,314 for next year on Monday night. The city is required to set a preliminary levy amount in September, but this likely will not be the actual 2014 levy, council members noted. The final amount cannot be higher than the number set Monday, but it can be lower. And council members hope it will be. "I think everyone is going to make every effort to get it to be lower than it is tonight," Council President Lisa Bayley said. The 2013 levy was $14,150,314.
Red Wing residents and visitors helped local firefighters fill their boots with donations last week. The department raised more than $12,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the Fill the Boot fundraiser Aug. 27 to 29. "We just want to thank the citizens for being extra generous this year," Red Wing firefighter and local coordinator Matt Lenz said.
Many students headed back to school this week, marking the unofficial end of summer. But the temperatures in the last week or two of August made it feel as if summer was really just getting started. The same seemed true at the Red Wing Water Park. For the whole summer, attendance was down by about 1,000 people from the 2012 season, Community Recreation coordinator Dave Borgen said. Much of that was due to a colder June and July, though. "Actually, our August was pretty good," he said.