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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As Red Wing faces a wide variety of changes and challenges, local leaders will now have another resource for collaboration and brainstorming solutions. The city recently was chosen for the Blandin Community Leadership Program, which will give some community leaders a chance to attend a retreat facilitated by the Blandin Foundation.
Community members and leaders packed City Hall on Tuesday night to share their thoughts during a public meeting on the proposed sale of Mississippi National Golf Links. Most of those who spoke shared the same goal - to keep the property a public golf course. The differences came in discussing who should own it. City officials presented the rationale for considering the sale of the course - mainly budget constraints - and assured citizens that a sale would include conditions requiring the property to remain a golf course.
Prairie Island nuclear plant is operating safely and has made improvements, though there are still some areas of concern, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said Thursday. More than 60 area residents and leaders gathered for a public meeting between NRC and plant officials to discuss the annual assessment of the nuclear plant.
A rental code lawsuit involving the city of Red Wing will be debated before the Minnesota Supreme Court next month. Oral arguments in the case will take place May 3 at the Capitol Building. The case has worked its way up to the Supreme Court after nearly five years of legal battles. The Institute for Justice, a Minnesota-based public interest law firm, sued the city on behalf of tenants and landlords in late 2006 following the city instituting a rental inspection ordinance in 2005. The heart of the argument revolves around tenants' right to privacy.
Advertisements might soon be coming to athletic fields and parks in Red Wing. City Council approved Monday a change to the city zoning ordinance that would allow advertising at the Red Wing Athletic Field, A.P. Anderson Park and fields at Red Wing High School and Twin Bluff Middle School. The ordinance would allow temporary advertisements, including banners and signs, attached to existing structures such as buildings, fences or scoreboards.
The Red Wing City Council has opened up two key pieces of its contested potential sale of Mississippi National Golf Links. City Council voted Monday to make the appraisal amount of Mississippi National public. Members also decided to open the sale process to other potential buyers after negotiating with Wendell Pittenger, who currently leases the course.
Making personal health decisions can be confusing and unsettling, but when faced with the need to make those choices for a relative or friend, it can be even more difficult. That's why many health officials recommend setting up advance directives.
Warmer weather has hit the Red Wing area, but flooding remains mild for now, with the Mississippi River yet to reach flood stage. The river crested at 13.38 feet on the last day of March. Levels gradually went down and reached a low of 12.96 Tuesday, but have been rising slightly since then. The National Weather Service expects a second crest at 14.4 feet, just above the 14-foot flood level, by Wednesday.
Goodhue County has not received any permit applications for a sand mine near Hay Creek, but many residents have expressed concerns that a land purchase this winter could lead to such an operation. Windsor Permian, LLC, part of the Oklahoma-based Windsor Energy, purchased about 155 acres in two parcels split by Highway 58 near Hay Creek. The company bought about 61 acres for $1.1 million in mid-January and another 94 acres for $1.5 million about three weeks later, according to information from the Goodhue County Assessor's Office.
The Goodhue County Board moved forward with a grant application to the Department of Natural Resources for purchasing land near Lake Byllesby. On Tuesday, commissioners passed a resolution required as part of the application, which is now complete. The county plans to work with the DNR and the Minnesota Parks and Trails Council to purchase the property. The DNR needs a portion of the land for a bridge that is part of the Mill Towns Trail project, and the county would be able to use its portion of the land as it sees fit, Public Works Director Greg Isakson said.