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The City Council voted 5-2 to contribute to a feasibility study for the Goodhue County History Center.
ZUMBROTA -- The Goodhue County Board agreed to a plan Thursday for contributing funds to libraries in the county. The county will levy and collect funds on land that currently isn't taxed for library services, according to the agreement. It will provide $468,000 to the libraries in 2014, and that number will be the base for the funding in future years of the five-year agreement, Goodhue County Attorney Steve Betcher said.
Dozens of kids learned about the Mississippi River hands-on Thursday, examining nets, mussels and fish.
After a rainy start, summer started shaping up at its peak in July. The weather for the most part has been conducive to plans to spend nights outside with bonfires and music and days hiking Barn Bluff or floating down the Cannon River. Many people choose to cool off tubing or canoeing down the river from Welch Mill, where business has been improving with the weather, employee Brianna Kelly said. "When it's warm people want to be in the water," Kelly said. "If it's not sunny when people wake up, they kind of plan around a gloomy day."
Kendall Mark has found the perfect job. She just needs your help to get it. Mark is one of the top 10 finalists for the newest addition to the Fox Sports North Girls, and the public can vote for their favorites now until Aug. 14 online. Mark, who was born and raised in Red Wing, said the work the FSN Girls do is what she loves. The women interact with fans at games and on social media and are involved in promotions and charity events. Mark said the Girls are "kind of the middle of all the fans and Fox Sports North."
Minnesota traffic deaths are on the path to outstrip last year's numbers, and Goodhue County is no exception. The number of people who have died on the roads this year surpassed 200 after five were reported this weekend. Last year at this time there had been 175, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, and the state didn't hit 200 deaths on the roads until Aug. 21. Goodhue County has had seven traffic-related deaths reported so far this year, the same number recorded for all of 2012, according to the DPS' Office of Traffic Safety.
The Red Wing City Council is digging into the budget process for next year. Members met at a workshop Monday to talk about the general fund and the plans for setting the 2014 budget. Staff had a draft budget but numbers will change as the process continues up until the early December adoption, Finance Director Marshall Hallock said. The city faces a one-year levy limit established by the Legislature for next year that will work out to be about $14.15 million, Hallock said.
Volunteers spend hundreds of hours in the basement of the Red Wing Public Library sorting, boxing and pricing books. This weekend, those books will be for sale to help the Friends of the Library raise money for programming and materials. The organization typically holds two book sales per year, one in March and the other during River City Days. This year's sale is planned for the peak of the annual celebration, Saturday Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Jessica McGee knew what she wanted when she was looking for a new job. "I had a list of requirements for the cities," McGee said, adding she wanted a good area for her family, including her 3-year-old daughter. And when she found the open library director position in Red Wing, "it ticked all the boxes."
Notebooks, pencils and backpacks are taking over the stores as July comes to a close and it's time to start thinking about heading back to school. That prospect might be dreaded by some and exciting to others - such as those headed off to college. It also often means busier schedules for families. Corkboards, or bulletin boards, can help decorate walls while keeping you organized.