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 company that has been working for years to expand fiber optic services in Red Wing cleared a key administrative hurdle this week. The City Council on Monday approved a cable franchise for Hiawatha Broadband Communications. "I think it gives the community some options and brings competition," Council President Ralph Rauterkus said. "It's very positive for the city and bringing in businesses." HBC will compete with Charter Communications in providing area residents and businesses with cable, telephone and Internet.
Rep. John Kline made a stop in Red Wing on Wednesday to talk with local members of Minnesota's 2nd District. Residents came out to hear from and talk with Kline -- who is in his fifth term as a U.S. representative -- at the Red Wing Public Library. While Kline and the crowd shared similar opinions on many topics, there were spots of disagreement, from budget cuts to tax breaks for the wealthy. Here's a look at some of the issues raised by area residents Wednesday and Kline's responses: The budget and deficit: Kline emphasized the budget issues the country faced.
Red Wing residents give the city high marks for services and are willing to pay slightly higher taxes to maintain them, according to the results of a recent community survey.
A group of Red Wing residents is hoping to change the way the city does business. The Committee for Transparent Government, an offshoot of Save MNGL, filed paperwork Monday proposing an ordinance requiring the city to have citizens vote on the purchase or sale of property assessed by Goodhue County at $1 million or more. On the same day the proposed ordinance was filed, another group of Red Wing residents filed a statement supporting the sale of Mississippi National Golf Links. The ordinance petition is allowed under Red Wing's City Charter, which states that, "the people of Red Wing res
Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan is taking his office on the road. The mayor has scheduled a series of community meetings throughout town to hear from residents about their concerns, suggestions and questions. "It's a fresh start," said Egan, who took office after winning February's special election. "There's no agenda -- I just want to hear what people are concerned about and thinking about." Egan had an abbreviated campaign process, and he said he wants to take more time to hear from locals. He said residents often told him they felt they had to visit City Hall to voice their concerns.
Most of those who spoke during a public meeting on the proposed sale of Mississippi National Golf Links shared the same goal - to keep the property a public golf course. The differences came in discussing who should own it. Community members and leaders packed City Hall Tuesday night to share their thoughts on that and other aspects of the proposed sale. City officials reiterated their rationale for considering the sale of 363 of the course's 417 acres -- mainly budget constraints -- and assured citizens sale would include conditions requiring the property to remain a golf course.
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.