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 City Council agreed Monday to extend the maturity date of the bond for Mississippi National Golf Links one year. After deciding not to sell the course this fall, council members wondered what would happen when the $1.1 million bond came due in November. But on Monday they agreed to an extension out to Nov. 1, 2012. The shift doesn't affect the lease at all, Finance Director Marshall Hallock said.
The Red Wing City Council wasn't quite ready Monday night to jump on board with a city law that would regulate drug paraphernalia. Feeling they didn't have enough information, council members postponed a vote on the proposed ordinance, brought forward by Police Chief Tim Sletten. A specific city ordinance regulating drug paraphernalia would reduce the products' availability and help prevent the promotion of drugs, Sletten argued. "We're dealing with it on a daily and nightly basis on the street," he said.
Participants focused on local issues including wind energy, nuclear power and taxes at a town hall meeting with Sen. John Howe this week. The gathering, held Wednesday at Red Wing City Hall, was a chance for locals to ask questions and for Howe to talk about policies and the state budget after his freshman year in the state Legislature. Rep. Tim Kelly also was slated to appear, but wasn't able to attend.
After a decade of working with United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties, Meg Walch has resigned as the organization's director. Her last day will be Oct. 28, and resource development and marketing manager Maureen Nelson will fill in as interim director. Although she wasn't planning a career move, Walch has accepted a position as an executive team leader in human resources for Target. "This was not an easy decision," Walch said. "But it's an opportunity that I really couldn't pass up." With one fewer employee, staff will up their hours and cover more duties.
The Cannon Falls football team overcame a 19-14 halftime deficit to defeat Pine Island 48-29 Wednesday in Pine Island. The Bombers (4-4, 3-3 HVL Blue) turned the ball over multiple times in the first half but scored 34 points in the second half and dominated the Panthers on the ground. Cannon Falls piled up 443 yards of total offense, 438 of which were rushing yards. Senior Cedric Dicke led the Bombers with 17 carries for 251 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Red Wing City Council members are working toward their goal of dropping the levy increase below the preliminary 5 percent, but that means exploring "significant" cuts, they said. At a workshop Monday, members came to a tentative consensus to look at a 3 percent increase alongside a $300,000 withdrawal from the city's fund balance and bridging the remaining $280,000 gap either by reducing the capital budget and/or finding other expenditure cuts.
Kathy Halvorson will experience a lot of changes in her new job as warden of Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing. On top of moving cities, positions and facility sizes, there also seems to be a change in relating to residents. "They've been asking if I can shoot hoops or throw a baseball, what my favorite music is," Halvorson said, laughing. "I haven't gotten those kind of questions from residents before. On the lighter side, it's very refreshing to get those questions." Halvorson took over as warden Oct.
A Kenyon man faces criminal charges after a March crash that killed 19-year-old Jacob Baalson and injured two others. Chad Lexvold, 19, faces six counts of criminal vehicular homicide, two DWI counts and one reckless or careless driving charge. Lexvold was driving at least 83 mph in a mini-van on County Road 30 Boulevard near 50th Avenue in the early morning hours of March 19, according to a complaint filed last week.
As Red Wing staff and City Council members struggle with a tight budget for next year, they've encouraged everyone to find ways to trim. The Red Wing Public Library presented one option Monday night to cut costs in its organization.
Older retaining walls in Red Wing are starting to crumble, raising questions about who should fix them. On Monday, the City Council determined that property owners will be responsible to maintain the blocks near their houses. The City Council unanimously introduced an ordinance that would put the responsibility for retaining wall upkeep on property owners rather than the city. The law would apply only to those walls within the public right of way. "We're treating it similar to anything else in the right of way," engineering Director Ron Rosenthal said.