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 bill that aims to clarify the right of Red Wing to sell Mississippi National Golf Links to a private developer is moving forward in the state Legislature. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Howe, was approved by a Senate committee Wednesday - where City Council member Peggy Rehder and other city officials spoke - and has headed to the Senate for a vote. Some people lobbied for a requirement in the bill that the city make the sale public, but that ultimately was left out of the bill.
State and city leaders have begun sifting through the 2010 census data for Minnesota as it comes in, and Red Wing is no exception. The city saw a slight increase in its population, as did the rest of the cities in Goodhue County. City officials in Red Wing had been tracking population estimates through the state demographer's office before the census data was released, and the 343-person increase was just slightly above the predictions, said Brian Peterson, Red Wing planning director.
A proposed ordinance establishing a domestic partner registration in Red Wing is moving closer to approval. The Red Wing Human Rights Commission agreed Thursday to send the ordinance to the City Council with the commission's endorsement. The ordinance likely would be on the council's April 11 agenda for discussion. At that meeting, the commission would present the ordinance, HRC Chairwoman Joanne Pohl said, but council members would not vote on the ordinance that night.
Housed in a building that is nearly a half-century old - and showing its age - the Cannon Falls Library is due for a new home, some library staff and community members say. The city hasn't been able to commit to funding a new library, so the Cannon Falls Library Foundation has taken matters into its own hands.
As radiation from a damaged nuclear pant in Japan continues to be a concern for the country, residents in and around Red Wing have been using vouchers for potassium iodide supplies, Goodhue County Health and Human Services staff said. While it is good to for area residents to be aware of the availability of the potassium iodide, HHS staff said, people should not be taking the KI now. U.S. officials are monitoring air and water conditions to ensure the country is safe from any radiation, staff said, but right now there is no immediate danger.
Authorities are still investigating a crash that killed one man and injured three others early Saturday morning near Kenyon. Jacob Baalson, 19, a former wrestler for Kenyon-Wanamingo, was killed when the Ford Windstar he was traveling in left the road and rolled over. The crash happened on County Road 30 near 50th Avenue in Goodhue County and was reported at 2:15 a.m.
Financial abuse and fraud are the most common forms of elder abuse in Goodhue County, according to a recent survey by the Elder Justice Network. Throughout the county, 195 people took the group's survey, a lower response than members had hoped.
Goodhue County's Public Health and Social Services departments joined to form the Health and Human Services department. Now the staffs are hoping to come together in one place. Currently, employees work in both the Public Health Building and the Citizen's Building - and both buildings have problems. "The Public Health Building has pretty much run its course," HHS Director Karen Main said.
Red Wing's sister city Ikata, Japan, seems to have escaped the brunt of the country's recent earthquake and tsunamis. Tom Brase, chairman of the Red Wing Sister Cities Commission's Ikata committee, has been in touch via e-mail with a contact he made in the city while chaperoning last summer's youth delegation trip to Japan. There was no significant damage to their buildings or infrastructure and no injuries that they know of, Brase said. "They were not affected, but were very appreciative of our concern," he said.
Budgets are already tight in local governments throughout the state, and cities again face potential cuts to Local Government Aid. In an effort to educate local residents about the topic and spur discussion, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, along with Red Wing officials, spoke about LGA and the fiscal state of cities across Minnesota at a panel Tuesday.