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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After months of planning, debating and fine-tuning, the Red Wing City Council on Monday approved a levy and budget for 2012. Council members unanimously approved a levy increase of about 2.35 percent to just more than $13 million and a budget that includes drawing about $150,000 from the city's fund balance and a plan to bond for a number of capital improvement projects. The budget approved Monday night was more or less the one council members and the mayor discussed at last week's City Council meeting.
Local organizers knew that they would have more than enough candidates for the Blandin Community Leadership Program.
Xcel Energy is pausing to re-evaluate a proposed capacity expansion at Prairie Island nuclear plant in light of rising costs and delays, officials said Thursday. "The continuing economic downturn and updated project cost estimates have led us to conclude that certain adjustments to our plans are appropriate at this time," Judy Poferl, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota, said in a statement. Xcel submitted updates to its resource plan to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and North Dakota Public Service Commission.
Red Wing's goal of becoming more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly moved forward Monday when the City Council adopted the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The plan, unanimously approved, stemmed from the Complete Streets policy the council took on in January. City staff and an advisory committee have been working for months to draft the plan that includes goals such as improving bicycle and pedestrian safety, increasing levels of biking and walking in Red Wing and reducing the negative impacts of driving in terms of health and environment. "This is more of a vision than a prescriptive
The Red Wing City Council is narrowing down options in anticipation of a special Dec. 5 meeting where members hope to approve the 2012 budget. In a discussion during Monday's meeting, council members and the mayor came to a general consensus on a plan that would lower the levy increase and draw more from the city's fund balance. "I still feel the 3 percent was OK and reasonable, but I want us to get this done," Council member Lisa Bayley said, referring to the levy increase.
There is a blinking light, sign and a designated crossing, but some Jordan Towers residents say that's not enough to keep pedestrians safe when walking across Fourth Street. So the Jordan Towers Resident Council is working to raise money for a new rapid-flashing beacon to alert drivers that people are crossing the street in front of Jordan Towers I. The crossing is in the middle of the block. "Safety is the biggest issue," said Jackie Luikart, a member of the fundraising committee. "The light now is continuous.
Area residents will have a chance to voice their thoughts on local government budgets and taxes at annual property tax meetings soon. Known as truth-in-taxation meetings, the gatherings offer an opportunity for locals to hear from and address the county, city and school district they live in. And with a variety of factors influencing taxes, there could be a lot of questions.
Area nonprofits collected more than $195,000 during this year's Give to the Max Day, but a local event brought them more than just dollars. The statewide day of giving was enhanced locally this year by Red Wingives, a "giving fair" held at the Red Wing Family YMCA Wednesday. The event helped raise local awareness about the work the 40-some organizations do, Elaine O'Keefe of the YMCA said.
In what many Red Wing City Council members deemed a compromise, four parking stalls will be eliminated on Plum Street to help alleviate traffic congestion and address safety concerns. The City Council voted to approve the removal of the two parallel parking spots and two others on Plum Street north of Main Street. More than a year ago, ADM and Red Wing Shoe Co. requested that all 13 of the spots on the street be removed.
A route that runs through Red Wing is the preferred path for future high-speed rail from St. Paul to Chicago, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration announced Tuesday. The agencies were exploring a variety of possibilities but landed on the river route, a track that takes high-speed rail from the Twin Cities to Chicago and back through towns including Red Wing and Winona. "High-speed rail through places like Winona, Red Wing and St.