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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A citizen group withdrew its petition for an ordinance requiring a public vote on major land sales after a city attorney questioned its validity. City attorney Amy Mace said the proposed ordinance does not fit with those allowed by Red Wing's charter or state case law. The City Charter allows Red Wing residents to "initiate and adopt any ordinance, except an ordinance appropriating money or authorizing the levy of taxes." Mace argued the proposed ordinance -- which would require a public vote on the sale or purchase of land assessed by Goodhue County at $1 million or more -- involves the
Red Wing joined a handful of other Minnesota cities Monday when the City Council approved an ordinance creating a domestic partner registry. The ordinance, which passed unanimously as part of the consent agenda, has been in the works since the beginning of the year. Red Wing Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays spurred the effort to create a registry, which was taken up by the Human Rights Commission and finally the City Council in a relatively smooth process. "I really didn't have a lot of concerns about (the ordinance passing)," said PFLAG member Bruce Ause.
To call this a week of weather extremes could be an understatement. Red Wing reached record high temperatures early on in the week and dipped below 50 degrees by the end. At U.S. Lock & Dam No. 3, the highest temperature recorded this week was 101 degrees on Tuesday, the hottest it has gotten there since July of 2005. The Twin Cities beat an longer-held record when it hit a high of 103 degrees on Tuesday. It shattered the previous record for June 7, set in 2004 at 95 degrees, and was the hottest day overall in nearly 23 years.
GOODHUE -- Surrounded by friends and flashing cameras, Abbey Kohlnhofer was crowned Miss Goodhue on Friday night in the first evening of Goodhue's 2011 Volksfest celebration. "I am so surprised, but so happy," Kohlnhofer said. "I'm excited to represent my community and have a fun summer going to events with two of my good friends." Kohlnhofer said she is close with the other nine candidates -- who included sister Jenna -- and some of the group even got ready together for the event.
Red Wing City Council members had a host of questions and comments for public safety officials during a monthly workshop. The Monday meeting -- which was a chance for Fire Chief Tom Schneider and Police Chief Tim Sletten to update the council on a variety of issues -- lined up well with budget planning, City Administrator Kay Kuhlmann said. Both gave the council updates on topics from budgets and staffing to statistics, including: Fire Department Coverage: Fire and ambulance response times quickly became a topic of conversation.
When Jackie Luikart moved to Jordan Towers last April, the thing she missed most from home was her garden. "I'm a really avid gardener, and that's something I grieved for," she said. "It was the hardest thing to leave." So she began talking with a group of women who made up the gardening club at the Towers. The group had done some good work, she said, but thought they could improve the gardens with better dirt, more flowers, easier ways to water the plants and raised beds that would ease the pain of bending and gardening.
The Red Wing Public Library is inviting local kids to travel around the world this summer - all while staying in their own backyards. This year's summer reading program for kids from preschool through sixth grade is called "One World, Many Stories." Kids can "travel" to different countries through books, crafts, music and other activities each week at the Red Wing library. And as they rack up reading minutes, they also can earn coupons for free trips to the Colvill Aquatic Center - reading 20 minutes a day for seven days equals a one-day pass.
A citizen group has submitted its petition to create an ordinance in Red Wing that would put major land deals to a vote. The Committee for Transparent Government, an offshoot of Save MNGL, organized an initiative to develop an ordinance that would require the city to put up for a public vote the sale or purchase of any land assessed by Goodhue County at $1 million or more. On Wednesday, the group submitted signatures from 984 Red Wing residents to the city. That number outstrips the 5 percent of registered voters required to put the ordinance before the City Council.
Minnesota lawmakers' failure to finalize a budget during the regular session not only has consequences at the state level - such as a possible shutdown of state government - but also trickles down to cities. In Red Wing, budget planning typically ramps up in April or May, Finance Director Marshall Hallock said. But this year, the state's delayed decision combined with potentially substantial cuts to Local Government Aid is stalling preparations. "We have to wait until there is more certainty," he said. "Otherwise it's an inefficient process." But the city can't wait too long.
A citizen group has submitted its petition to create an ordinance in Red Wing. The Committee for Transparent Government, an offshoot of Save MNGL, organized an initiative to develop an ordinance requiring the city to put up for a public vote the sale or purchase of any land assessed by Goodhue County at $1 million or more. On Wednesday, the group submitted signatures from 984 Red Wing residents to the city. That number outstrips the 5 percent of registered voters required to put the ordinance before the City Council.