Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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While there are still no answers as to the cause of a train derailment here in February, signs of the incident are starting to disappear. Workers could be seen this week breaking down some cars that were damaged beyond repair in the derailment, CP spokesman Ed Greenberg said. "The cars are being dismantled for scrap (metal)," he said. That work wrapped up Friday. The investigation into the derailment this winter is ongoing, Greenberg said. "All the evidence that was gathered at the scene at the time has been taken away for analysis in our lab." On Feb.
ZUMBROTA -- James Hill's life got a lot quieter about five years ago. The Illinois native and his wife moved from Chicago, where more than 2.7 million inhabitants crowd the urban streets, to Zumbrota, a rural area with a population of just more than 3,200. "We were looking for some place quieter," Hill said. "We both really like the outdoors." And as director of the Zumbrota public library, even his workplace stays relatively hushed. Working in a library was not always a goal for Hill. "It was something I fell into," he said.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reached all the way back to the start of the country to explain the importance of voting in America. "Voting takes a very special place from the beginning of our nation to today and will continue to," Ritchie told a group gathered at Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical on Wednesday. "Voting and voter registration ...
Hiawatha Broadband Communications has finished phase one of construction in Red Wing and is ramping up for round two this week. HBC started construction in Red Wing last year, and its fiber network is now available to nearly 750 homes and businesses, mostly on the northwest side of Red Wing, the company said. It has been providing phone, TV and Internet services in the city since late 2011. Construction for this year begins this week, according to Jerry Olson of Red Wing, HBC general manager.
Red Wing officials are considering shifting some city code violations from misdemeanors to petty misdemeanors, avoiding arrest warrants for offenses such as parking, dog or curfew violations. Currently, when people fail to appear for a court date on misdemeanor offenses, they are sent a second date notice. If they fail to appear again, a warrant is issued for their arrest.
Why not make every day Earth Day? That's the thought behind the city of Red Wing's Earth Month events and activities planned for April. "The Sustainability Commission believes that Earth Day is not just one day a year," Jay McCleary of the city said.
Diane Buganski is comfortable in history. At work as the outreach coordinator and in the research library for the Goodhue County Historical Society, she helps other people discover the past. Buganski assists locals, researchers and others looking for information, usually on genealogy or building histories. The job is a good fit for her, she said. "I like people to begin with, and there's this common bond of history," she said. "There's a satisfaction when you do find something for somebody.
Author. Mother. Wife. Small-business owner. Volunteer. City employee. Leanne Knott juggles those and many other titles in her daily life. The different roles allow her to view the world from a variety of angles. A GIS specialist for the city, her "day job" is grounded in actuality. Her department works on projects from digital mapping to redistricting. It's a position she has held for seven years. "I love it," she said. "I'm a very visual person. I like the graphic environment." She came to the position after living in quite a different world.
After tabling the issue last year, the Red Wing City Council took a step toward limiting drug paraphernalia in the city Monday night. The council voted 6-1 to introduce an ordinance suggested by Police Chief Tim Sletten regulating the possession, display and sale of drug paraphernalia. Sletten said there is evidence that drug use is increasing among youths in the area.
ST. PAUL -- Now it's up to the voters. Minnesotans will decide on Nov. 6 whether showing photographic identification before casting ballots should be required. The Legislature approved the Republican-backed constitutional amendment proposal Wednesday, the Senate 35-29 and the House 72-57. The vote fell along party lines other than Republican Sen. Jeremy Miller of Winona's "no" vote. "The voters in the state of Minnesota have the opportunity to decide whether or not they agree with us," said Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, author of the bill.