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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A residential neighborhood in Red Wing may soon be recognized by the city for its historic homes. The proposed East Avenue historic district -- which would run along the road from just past West Sixth Street up to 13th Street -- would be the first residential historic district in the city, joining properties such as the St. James Hotel. "This would be breaking new ground if the proposal goes through," Assistant Planning Director Steve Kohn said.
After 16 years with the Red Wing Port Authority, Executive Director Myron White will step down from his post next month. "I think it's time for me to look for some other options ... and a change of pace," said White, whose last day with the port is Nov. 1.
After more than a decade, the bus will stop again in Red Wing. The city's historic depot, already home to Amtrak, is now also a point along a new route of Jefferson Lines buses. Beginning Tuesday, Jefferson Lines offers new trips with a route from Minneapolis to the Mall of America, the international airport and spots in Eagan, Hastings, Red Wing, Lake City and Rochester. "This route is an important part of Jefferson's plans to expand our transportation network in Minnesota," said spokeswoman Bonnie Buchanan.
The Red Wing City Council and Port Authority may have come to a "long-term solution" to at least part of the Port Authority's financial struggles. City Council and Port Authority staff and board members met Monday and discussed the possibility of the city paying the port's bond payments on land held for economic development. "It will certainly help our balance sheet," Port Authority Executive Director Myron White told the R-E. "The port can easily cover its operations with its income ... .
Port Board President Tom Brown has resigned from his post, effective immediately. Executive Director Myron White could be following Brown out. White said his decision was still to be determined and he hoped to know more after Tuesday night's Port Authority meeting, which went into closed session at press time.
The potential sale of Mississippi National Golf Links drew out strong opinions on all sides of the issue before Red Wing City Council ultimately decided to hang on to the course -- for now. But how exactly did the 36-hole course come to be in the first place? The public was heavily involved in the recent debate about the fate of the municipally owned golf course, and the public was a key in its inception as well. The creation of a city golf course came before the public twice in 1977 as referendums, once in the spring and again in the fall. Both were rejected.
On top of getting a fresh shade of seafoam, the Hiawatha Hills reservoir also will soon be free of its lead-paint shell. The water tower, located at the dead end of Kosec Drive, was coated in lead paint when it went up in 1974 and hasn't seen a paintbrush on the outside since. While sandblasting off the tank's old paint, crews are taking extra measures so the lead doesn't get into the air. They section off spots for sandblasting by setting up a large heavy tarp, magnetically attached to the tank, and a tube to collect the sand and paint dust.
After more than a year of pursuing the sale of Mississippi National Golf Links, Red Wing City Council has decided to keep the course after finding no viable options. The council voted Monday to reject all proposals for selling or shifting management of the 36-hole course.
Hoping to "piggyback" on the coming local research on silica sand mines, Red Wing City Council unanimously approved a one-year sand mine moratorium Monday. Last month, the council voted to support Goodhue County's moratorium, also adopted unanimously on Sept. 6. That moratorium applies to operations in Goodhue County but outside city jurisdictions. Now Red Wing decided to pass one of its own. "For all the reasons I supported the moratorium for the county, I support it for the city," Council member Lisa Bayley said.
Treasure Island Resort & Casino was recently presented with the Department of Defense Patriot Award for a second time. The award, given by the DOD's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, recognizes those who support employee participation in the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves. Jim Sullivan of ESGR presented the award to Treasure Island employees Clint Pitonak, security manager, Mike Heavner, general manager and Deb White, director of security. Treasure Island was nominated by Joe Nasal, who is serving in the reserves overseas.