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 judge has allowed two Goodhue County officials to forgo depositions in a case regarding the county's wind turbine ordinance. AWA Goodhue's lawyers called Commissioners Dan Rechtzigel and Richard Samuelson to give depositions in the case. The subpoenas were issued Feb.
State money for some court expenses has been exhausted, meaning local government entities could soon see higher bills. Funds for expert witnesses and other similar court costs have been drained, so the burden will fall on the counties for the rest of this fiscal year. "It's an expenditure that we hadn't planned on," said Goodhue County Board Chairman Ted Seifert.
After a tempting taste of spring last week, Red Wing area residents were reminded this weekend that winter isn't over yet. The city saw at least 14 inches of snow Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The deluge brought the state's average total to more than 6 feet this winter. While the warm weather helped melt some of the other snow and make room for the new batch, the latest storm brought not only snow but also sleet and wind.
Despite taking more preventative measures in dental health, children in Minnesota still have roughly the same rates of untreated cavities and fillings, according to a report recently released by the Minnesota Department of Health. The MDH studied oral health in third-grade students at 40 randomly selected public schools throughout the state.
The establishment of a Goodhue County Health and Human Services department is far from complete, but staff say the process is on track. "We have the foundation," Director Karen Main said at a recent HHS Board meeting.
State officials are hoping a new construction technique will mean less hassle in Lake City. Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to build a new bridge on Highway 61 over Gilbert Creek using "accelerated bridge techniques," which include creating portions of the bridge off-site and putting them together at the location. "We'll be assembling it sort of like a puzzle," said Kristin Kammueller, spokeswoman for MnDOT. The process should reduce the amount of time traffic is disrupted for construction, she said.
An oil and natural gas company has purchased two pieces of land in Goodhue County. 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 buys, develops and produces oil and natural gas properties throughout the country, including locations in Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Montana, Colorado and Wyoming, according to its website.
Red Wing resident Krista Becker thinks every childcare provider deserves an award. But at least one of the families she works with believed it was her turn to be recognized. This week, Becker was named Goodhue County Daycare Provider of the Year for 2011 -- an award she wasn't expecting. "I was surprised," she said. "For the most part I'm glad to be appreciated." Becker has been running her own day care since 2005. She currently cares for 11 children, her youngest at age one and oldest in kindergarten, she said. And it's a job she loves.
Scammers looking for money have successfully swindled all types and ages of people, from grandparents to teenage cashiers. But knowing common characteristics of scams can make everyone more alert to suspicious behavior, police say. While there are many variations, there are some scams the Red Wing Police Department has seen regularly in the area, said community service officer Tim Bohmbach. Claiming they need money to get out of jail, pay a hotel bill or something similar, scammers will call elderly people and pretend to be a grandson or granddaughter in distress.
Snowmobile racing means lots of practice, travel and time, but for Ian and Colin Johnson, it also means a chance to take what they love about the sport to the extreme. "I like the speed," Ian said. "I like to go fast." Ian, 9, and Colin, 6, have been riding snowmobiles for most of their lives, whether on their own or with their parents, Hal and Cherie. Both boys took up racing at a young age -- even after Ian's first experience driving solo. The boys will race in Lake City on Feb. 19, the first local race they've had since they started competing.