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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On top of getting a fresh shade of seafoam, the Hiawatha Hills reservoir also will soon be free of its lead-paint shell. The water tower, located at the dead end of Kosec Drive, was coated in lead paint when it went up in 1974 and hasn't seen a paintbrush on the outside since. While sandblasting off the tank's old paint, crews are taking extra measures so the lead doesn't get into the air. They section off spots for sandblasting by setting up a large heavy tarp, magnetically attached to the tank, and a tube to collect the sand and paint dust.
After more than a year of pursuing the sale of Mississippi National Golf Links, Red Wing City Council has decided to keep the course after finding no viable options. The council voted Monday to reject all proposals for selling or shifting management of the 36-hole course.
Hoping to "piggyback" on the coming local research on silica sand mines, Red Wing City Council unanimously approved a one-year sand mine moratorium Monday. Last month, the council voted to support Goodhue County's moratorium, also adopted unanimously on Sept. 6. That moratorium applies to operations in Goodhue County but outside city jurisdictions. Now Red Wing decided to pass one of its own. "For all the reasons I supported the moratorium for the county, I support it for the city," Council member Lisa Bayley said.
Treasure Island Resort & Casino was recently presented with the Department of Defense Patriot Award for a second time. The award, given by the DOD's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, recognizes those who support employee participation in the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves. Jim Sullivan of ESGR presented the award to Treasure Island employees Clint Pitonak, security manager, Mike Heavner, general manager and Deb White, director of security. Treasure Island was nominated by Joe Nasal, who is serving in the reserves overseas.
Goodhue County's CARE clinic provides free medical care to residents in need and recently expanded to offer another branch of service -- dental care. And while local dentists who volunteer there anticipated a need, the extent was unexpected. "The severity of the problems and how long people were living with pain before we opened -- that was a bit surprising," said Dr. Nancy Bremseth, who is also the clinic's dental director.
The driver who caused a May 2010 crash that killed a Lake City man has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide, a felony. The crash took place in the early morning of May 3, 2010, just north of the Hastings bridge. Anthony Lloyd Mancheski, a 20-year-old Maplewood, Minn., man, was charged last month in Washington County. The four-car crash killed Brian Jacobson, a Lake City resident and 1993 graduate of Red Wing Central High School.
While the Red Wing community is becoming a more welcoming place, there is room for improvement, a group of local residents said. And in an effort to invigorate that progress, the group is sponsoring a workshop Saturday called "Walking the Talk of Welcome." The seminar aims to help locals make Red Wing a more welcoming community to everyone, especially gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Everyone can benefit from learning to be more welcoming, organizers of the event said, no matter their age, job or religious affiliation.
A lawsuit disputing the University of Minnesota's deal with Pepin Heights Orchards for the SweeTango apple has been settled after more than a year of legal battles. And for the Lake City orchard, the deal is sweet. The settlement retains the core of the original deal, which allowed other growers to produce the SweeTango but not sell the fruit to wholesalers or pool production to wholesale the apple. "The stakes in this case were enormous," Pepin Heights owner Dennis Courtier said in a statement Tuesday, adding that the exclusive deal was meant to ensure quality and consistency of the app
Looking around the bright, open space the Red Wing Area Food Shelf will soon call home, Dee Bender said the spot will be a good fit. "We had criteria that was, well, everything you see here," she said in the quiet before volunteers filled the room, gathering to learn about the new location and procedures. After more than 25 years in the basement of First Lutheran Church, the food shelf will open its new doors Sept. 22 at 1755 Old West Main St., in the StarTech building.
As the deadline to set the city's 2012 budget approaches, Red Wing City Council members said they hope to reach a decision on the issue of selling Mississippi National Golf Links soon. They took one step at their meeting Monday, rejecting the sole response to a request for proposals to buy the course, submitted by Sharan and Gerald Wendel.