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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ST. PAUL - In a continued fight against synthetic drugs, Minnesota lawmakers are considering making selling some of them a felony. That would please Cody Wiberg of Red Wing. He is the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy director and supports the measure. A bill is headed to the House floor setting a penalty for selling certain synthetic drugs, compounds meant to mimic the effects of the actual drugs, a felon with five years in prison. It currently is a gross misdemeanor.
A controversial sidewalk project on Hallquist and Eunice avenues must be reapproved by the City Council to continue, city staff said. Since work did not begin or no contract was signed within a year of ordering in the project, it technically is dead, engineering director Ron Rosenthal said at Monday's City Council meeting. "It has been invalid, or a non-project, since the spring of '09 without us knowing about it," Rosenthal told council members Monday. At a neighborhood meeting called by the mayor last month, some residents raised the question of whether the project was still valid beca
With a state deadline fast approaching, the City Council moved forward Monday with redistricting plans. The city has until April 3 to adopt new ward and precinct boundaries, planning director Brian Peterson said. Staff has been working to redraw the city lines since new state and congressional districts were announced in late February. "We've been on a real fast track," he said. At an open house last week, three different ward change scenarios were presented to the public.
ST. PAUL -- Republicans want to use some of the state's surplus to pay back schools across Minnesota. "I think it is a higher priority to pay back our debt than to have cash on hand," Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, said Thursday. Garofalo, House education chairman, suggested using the funds to pay back school funding shifts part of the July budget agreement that ended the state shutdown, as well as starting to pay for those made in 2010. The plan still leaves some funds in the reserves, Garofalo said. Gov.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A tearful Steve Sviggum resigned from the University of Minnesota's governing board Thursday, denying to the end that his job for state Senate Republicans creates a conflict of interest. The full board of regents unanimously approved a resolution suggested by a board committee asking the former House speaker to choose between his two positions because of the conflict. "I have before me two choices: I have the choice of confrontation and I have the choice of cooperation," Sviggum said. He said he would resign, if asked, for the good of the board, the university and the stat
Almost exactly one year ago, a major earthquake and subsequent tsunamis caused major damage to one of Japan's nuclear plants. The issues discovered at the plant in the following days and weeks have prompted U.S. plants and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to find ways to make their plants safer and better prepared for emergencies. Xcel Energy is working on upgrades to its Prairie Island and Monticello plants in light of NRC task force recommendations and its own analysis, said Terry Pickens, Xcel Energy's director of nuclear regulatory policy.
The Charter Commission used to meet once or twice a year. But in the past few years, the number of meetings has increased, and last year, members gathered more than 13 times. That's because the group has been considering a whole host of changes and amendments to the city's charter, from ranked choice voting to the mayor's veto power. On Monday night, the commission met with the City Council to get a feel for members' thoughts on the changes. The Charter Commission has been looking into 10 potential changes, some of which they decided were not necessary and others they recommend.
The city of Red Wing has less than a month to adopt its new district lines, and staff recently released a number of options. Online and at a public open house this week, the city released three possible scenarios for ward changes. Each also has an option to keep three precincts or reduce to two. The state has an April 3 deadline for local redistricting changes.
An emergency alert declared Tuesday at the Prairie Island nuclear plant came just more than two months after a more serious one following a bleach spill. The plant declared a "notification of unusual event" at 6:24 Tuesday, and it was terminated by 11:36 a.m. The alert was triggered by an indication that there was a decrease in water levels in the reactor coolant system in Unit 2, which is shut down for routine refueling.
Of the roughly 25 ideas presented at January's Idea Slam, three rose to the top this week and were chosen to receive funding. Friends of the Bluffs was awarded $4,500, Red Wing app/galleries brochure received $11,500 and Red Wing Creative Economy was awarded $4,000. Five groups chosen by Idea Slam participants fleshed out business plans and ideas since the Jan. 14 brainstorming event and presented to the core leadership team -- a group of community members tasked with distributing $20,000 from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation -- Thursday night.