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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Kathy Halvorson will experience a lot of changes in her new job as warden of Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing. On top of moving cities, positions and facility sizes, there also seems to be a change in relating to residents. "They've been asking if I can shoot hoops or throw a baseball, what my favorite music is," Halvorson said, laughing. "I haven't gotten those kind of questions from residents before. On the lighter side, it's very refreshing to get those questions." Halvorson took over as warden Oct.
A Kenyon man faces criminal charges after a March crash that killed 19-year-old Jacob Baalson and injured two others. Chad Lexvold, 19, faces six counts of criminal vehicular homicide, two DWI counts and one reckless or careless driving charge. Lexvold was driving at least 83 mph in a mini-van on County Road 30 Boulevard near 50th Avenue in the early morning hours of March 19, according to a complaint filed last week.
As Red Wing staff and City Council members struggle with a tight budget for next year, they've encouraged everyone to find ways to trim. The Red Wing Public Library presented one option Monday night to cut costs in its organization.
Older retaining walls in Red Wing are starting to crumble, raising questions about who should fix them. On Monday, the City Council determined that property owners will be responsible to maintain the blocks near their houses. The City Council unanimously introduced an ordinance that would put the responsibility for retaining wall upkeep on property owners rather than the city. The law would apply only to those walls within the public right of way. "We're treating it similar to anything else in the right of way," engineering Director Ron Rosenthal said.
A residential neighborhood in Red Wing may soon be recognized by the city for its historic homes. The proposed East Avenue historic district -- which would run along the road from just past West Sixth Street up to 13th Street -- would be the first residential historic district in the city, joining properties such as the St. James Hotel. "This would be breaking new ground if the proposal goes through," Assistant Planning Director Steve Kohn said.
After 16 years with the Red Wing Port Authority, Executive Director Myron White will step down from his post next month. "I think it's time for me to look for some other options ... and a change of pace," said White, whose last day with the port is Nov. 1.
After more than a decade, the bus will stop again in Red Wing. The city's historic depot, already home to Amtrak, is now also a point along a new route of Jefferson Lines buses. Beginning Tuesday, Jefferson Lines offers new trips with a route from Minneapolis to the Mall of America, the international airport and spots in Eagan, Hastings, Red Wing, Lake City and Rochester. "This route is an important part of Jefferson's plans to expand our transportation network in Minnesota," said spokeswoman Bonnie Buchanan.
The Red Wing City Council and Port Authority may have come to a "long-term solution" to at least part of the Port Authority's financial struggles. City Council and Port Authority staff and board members met Monday and discussed the possibility of the city paying the port's bond payments on land held for economic development. "It will certainly help our balance sheet," Port Authority Executive Director Myron White told the R-E. "The port can easily cover its operations with its income ... .
Port Board President Tom Brown has resigned from his post, effective immediately. Executive Director Myron White could be following Brown out. White said his decision was still to be determined and he hoped to know more after Tuesday night's Port Authority meeting, which went into closed session at press time.
The potential sale of Mississippi National Golf Links drew out strong opinions on all sides of the issue before Red Wing City Council ultimately decided to hang on to the course -- for now. But how exactly did the 36-hole course come to be in the first place? The public was heavily involved in the recent debate about the fate of the municipally owned golf course, and the public was a key in its inception as well. The creation of a city golf course came before the public twice in 1977 as referendums, once in the spring and again in the fall. Both were rejected.