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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The Red Wing Port Authority has taken a crash course in the digital age. Earlier this week the group launched its new website, which director Myron White said he hopes will draw more people to the Red Wing area. The existing website was at least five years old, White said.
Unruly patrons and other issues could have caused Andy's Sports Bar and Grill to lose its liquor license this year, but the City Council renewed it Monday - with some conditions. Police Chief Tim Sletten said his department has received numerous complaints about the bar and its patrons ranging from shouting, inappropriate language and littering to fighting and urinating. "There is enough of a concern where I would not go along with reissuing this license if this behavior continues," Sletten told the council. Owner Rick Judd said he has been working to correct the problems since a meeting
Serving alcohol at a celebration after the Miss Red Wing coronation has not raised objections in the past, but Council President Ralph Rauterkus questioned the practice Monday. A temporary license allowing the Elks Lodge to sell liquor to the public during the Miss Red Wing coronation party on Aug. 7, during River City Days, ultimately was approved 5-2 at Monday's City Council meeting. However, Rauterkus had pulled the item from the consent agenda.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed Prairie Island nuclear plant's unit licenses, extending them 20 years each. The new licenses, approved after a three-year review by the NRC, will expire in 2033 and 2034. "Prairie Island has operated in a safe, reliable, economic and environmentally sound manner for nearly 40 years, and our significant investments to support life extension will ensure continued, solid performance for the next 20 years," Judy Poferl, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota, said in a statement.
A Mexican drug cartel has made Red Wing home to one of the country's largest meth labs in a local author's newest book. "I like to ... bring the action to Red Wing," said author John L. Betcher of his novels. The situation sets the stage for Betcher's newest thriller, "The Covert Element." The book is the third in the "Beck" series featuring former military intelligence operative James Becker. "I think most people don't realize the extent to which cartels have really taken over Mexico ...
As Red Wing gears up for participation in the Blandin Community Leadership Program, a meeting scheduled for next week will let residents find out more about it. Red Wing was chosen in April to participate in the program, where the Blandin Foundation funds and facilitates a retreat for 24 area leaders to discuss leadership and community engagement.
Red Wing's Planned Parenthood office will close its doors later this summer. The clinic is one of six in Minnesota slated to be shuttered on Aug. 1 in an effort to offset federal funding cuts. "Closing the Red Wing clinic - or any other clinic - was not something that I or any of us at Planned Parenthood wanted to do or believe is a good idea," said Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Prairie Island nuclear plant concluded what officials called a successful refueling and maintenance outage this week. Unit 1 returned to full power early Thursday morning, putting the plant back on line after the regularly scheduled outage. Estimated to last about four to five weeks, this year's outage - which started April 29 - spanned nearly seven.
As late as May, organizers were unsure whether this year's summer recreation program would happen. But after combining city funds, private donations and other resources, the program is slated to kick off Monday. Summer recreation programming for ages 5 and older skipped a summer in 2009 after the city cut funding and its fate has been unsteady since then. "People really missed it," said Bonnie Bremer, senior director at the Red Wing YMCA. This year's program is trimmed down slightly, spanning five weeks instead of six and located at just three parks.
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