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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Much of the backbone of Hiawatha Broadband Communications' fiber system is in place in Red Wing and should be ready for new customers by the end of this year, officials said. The company has made good progress in its expansion into Red Wing so far over the summer and fall, said Jerry Olson, HBC's general manager for this market. HBC received franchise approval from the Red Wing City Council in April.
Veterans Day lands on 11/11/11 this year, but in Red Wing celebrations will span more than a week around the holiday. "There is a movement among the citizens of the U.S., regardless of what they think of the war, to thank the soldier that is fighting for our freedom," one of the event coordinators, Jerry Borgen, said in an email about this year's celebrations.
Questions surrounding the prospect of combining Goodhue County and Red Wing's recycling operations kept the issue up in the air after a Tuesday meeting on the topic. During a Goodhue County Board committee of the whole meeting, the county and city discussed a roughly sketched plan hewn by leaders of both entities. "There's not a lot of detail," county Public Works Director Greg Isakson said. "There's so many different directions we can go." The goal, however, was to get the discussion moving forward, officials said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Local leaders joined people from around the region and country Friday to voice their thoughts on the future of nuclear energy in America. Gathered in Minneapolis, legislators, city and tribal leaders, corporate representatives and others shared their reactions to a draft report from the president's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future outlining suggestions for nuclear waste management. Prairie Island Indian Community and Red Wing officials had the chance to offer perspectives as nearby and host communities to the Prairie Island nuclear plant. Mayor Dennis Ega
In an effort to save money and improve efficiency, the Red Wing engineering department will share a building with Public Works, and the city will rent out its former home. The Community Development Building, where the engineering department currently is located, has gradually emptied as other departments moved out.
Like any other business, the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center has seen its share of challenges in the face of a struggling economy. But as the center continues to adapt, ramp up marketing and search for a new director, the board of trustees believes the center will succeed.
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.