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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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.
Every Tuesday for more than two years, the CARE clinic has opened its doors to uninsured, low-income residents of Goodhue County in need of medical services. The free medical and dental clinic fills a gap in the community, and the need is high, said Neela Mollgaard, CARE clinic administrative director. "I'm humbled every Tuesday with the needs of our individual patients," she said, and not only medically but financially as well. Before starting up the clinic in January 2010, organizers did a lot of research and found, among other things, that there are about 5,000 people uninsured in Goo
ST. PAUL -- Advocates on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate say they are making progress and will continue to reach out to voters before Minnesotans cast ballots on the issue Nov. 6. A proposed constitutional amendment voters would define marriage as between a man and a woman, outlawing same-sex marriage. It already is illegal in Minnesota, but putting the provision in the Constitution would make that more difficult to change. As the election approaches, both sides are ramping up efforts and focusing on communities. Gov.
Teri Swanson might have a serious job - conducting research, coordinating events, attending and recording city meetings - but there's another side to her. "I'm not as serious of a person as I might seem," Swanson, executive secretary for the city of Red Wing, said. "People see me at council meetings or events and might not realize there's another individual there. I'm a fun and silly person." The Red Wing native finds ways to enjoy every aspect of her job, which can be demanding. But there's enough variation to keep her interested and busy too.
It doesn't matter if it's the middle of the night, or if he's had a stressful day at work. When Bill Redman gets a page, he is ready to help wherever he is needed. On top of being a husband, father, special education teacher and studying for his master's degree, Redman is a Red Wing paid-on-call firefighter. "It's tough. ... The pager goes off and whatever you were doing at the time stops," he said. "But you don't really notice you're tired until you get home. When you're on the scene you don't feel tired, you don't feel hungry." Redman is no stranger to long days.
Red Wing City Council approved conceptual plans for improvements to the quarry areas on Sorin's Bluff as proposed by the Red Wing Area Fund and Live Healthy Red Wing. The park areas were developed in the late 1920s and early 1930s with limestone structures, steps, fire areas and other pieces, Planning Director Brian Peterson said at Monday's council meeting. "So much of that work is deteriorating," he said.
Some areas of town will be shifting wards or precincts starting this summer. The City Council unanimously approved new district and precinct boundaries for Red Wing at its meeting Monday after leaving time for a public hearing where no one spoke. Staff has been working to redraw the city lines since new state and congressional districts were announced in late February.
A sidewalk project on Hallquist and Eunice avenues that has stirred up controversy was voted down Monday as Red Wing City Council members consider alternative plans. The council voted 4-2 to reject the sidewalk plan and bids and decided to discuss possible ways to address their safety and connectivity concerns while also listening to some residents' worries about the project. "I firmly believe in the people of Red Wing getting out and walking. ... But I do believe there are some genuine concerns with sidewalks in this area," Council member Dan Bender said.