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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The Minnesota Supreme Court has decided a case challenging the constitutionality of Red Wing's rental property inspection code can move forward. The issue has been tied up in litigation for years as local tenants and landlords fought pieces of the code that they saw as unconstitutional. The ordinance includes provisions allowing the city to seek administrative warrants to search the properties of those who refuse initial inspections.
When it's time to come in from the cold, area families will have plenty of options for warm activities at the Red Wing Public Library this winter. The library's winter family story time begins next month, and everyone is invited. While the program is geared toward preschoolers and young first-grade students, all ages are welcome, librarian Pat Martin said. "It's more to encourage a multi-age family Saturday outing," she said. Each day's stories and activities will have a theme. For example, Jan.
One of the most controversial and involved debates in Red Wing this year is on pause after the City Council decided to hold off on the sale of Mississippi National Golf Links. The months of debate leading up to that decision brought out strong opinions on both sides of the issue from both officials and the public. In a time of tight budgets, the hope had been that selling the course would relieve some financial pressure for the city. But many members of the public took issue with the potential sale and urged the city to find a way to keep the course under public ownership. The council
A chapter in Red Wing's history closed earlier this year when the remains of Maj. Thomas Reitmann, a Red Wing soldier who died during the Vietnam War, were found. Likely the last missing soldier from that war from Goodhue County, Reitmann was laid to rest on U.S. soil nearly 46 years after his death. In September, he was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
A plan to create a consolidated senior care facility with Fairview Red Wing, Ebenezer and the Benedictine Health System took a step forward this week. Leadership from all the organizations have been meeting for months to discuss the project, officials said. Plans include building a new skilled nursing facility near Fairview Red Wing Medical Center that would bring together services from St. Brigid's at Hi-Park and Fairview Seminary Home into one location.
Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council leaders acknowledged the challenges facing them and encouraged cooperation during a ceremony Wednesday. The members celebrated the start of a new term with family, friends and local officials at the Prairie Island Indian Community Center but quickly shifted their focus to the work ahead. Johnny Johnson, who was chosen to serve as president of the council, said the group will continue to push for a solution on the storage of nuclear waste from the Prairie Island nuclear plant.
Red Wing City Council has decided not to nix a GIS agreement with Goodhue County after all. Last month the Red Wing City Council considered dropping the two-year geographic information system agreement with the county after the price increased from $22,400 to $28,000.
Red Wing city staff and officials now will have another guiding document to refer to when making decisions. After months of planning, meeting, discussing and revising, the Red Wing City Council unanimously approved a strategic plan for the city on Monday. "I think it hit really nice tone," Council member Lisa Bayley said of the document.
It's time to move pending sidewalk projects forward, the Red Wing City Council agreed Monday. Members came to a consensus that a sidewalk project on Eunice and Hallquist avenues that has stalled for years should stay in the 2012 capital improvement plan. Sidewalks have been a controversial topic with strong opinions on both sides from the public, members said. "When I door-knocked up there I heard from a lot of people who were very, very opposed to completing the sidewalks for various reasons," Council member Marilyn Meinke said. The council agreed it should revisit sidewalk projects a
It's the time of year when many find time celebrate, and St. Brigid's at Hi-Park has an extra reason this year. The center recently received the silver quality award from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. The award recognizes high-level performance in health care to organizations that support leadership, innovation, a focus on the future and results and are resident-focused, AHCA/NCAL officials said. "We are very grateful and humbled by the award," St. Brigid's CEO and administrator Mike Schultz said in an interview last month.