Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- President Barack Obama told 10,000 military veterans this morning that the country needs to take care of them "as well as you have taken care of us." In a 34-minute speech, he outlined plans to help unemployed veterans find jobs. Speaking to the national American Legion convention in Minneapolis, his second Minnesota visit in 15 days, Obama talked about the economy and continued to criticize Washington gridlock. Looking ahead to Sunday's 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Obama said that "we will honor all of those who have kept us safe in those 10 difficult year
MINNEAPOLIS -- President Barack Obama returns to Minnesota this morning, 15 days after he talked in Cannon Falls, for a chat with 10,000 veterans from around the country. The speech comes at the American Legion's National Convention, a nearly week-long gathering at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Legion invites the president, as commander in chief, to its gathering each year, said Dan Ludwig, a Red Wing resident and former American Legion National Commander. Legion members hope he talks about veteran unemployment. "The unemployment problem is the No.
The American Legion National Convention returns to its roots in Minneapolis this year for the annual gathering of thousands of veterans and friends. And barely more than two weeks after his most recent visit, President Barack Obama again will appear in Minnesota - this time to speak at the conference.
In an effort to help bolster diminishing city coffers, Red Wing City Council is considering fees on gas and electric utilities in 2012. The fees would run homeowners a total of $1.75 per month, bringing in more than $346,000 for the city. "It's a way of taking costs and spreading them across all property owners in the community," Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann said.
Red Wing staff might have found a way to avoid dumping construction and demolition material collection services. The solid waste campus is required to meet Minnesota Pollution Control Agency policies and regulations on the physical setup to provide the service, and the operation needed to make some changes to comply. A project proposed in July would have met the requirements, but cost more than $450,000 - exceeding the budgeted $125,000. But the new proposal brought to the City Council on Monday would likely come in at even less than the budgeted amount.
After more than a year of negotiations and discussions, Red Wing City Council is nearly ready to vote on a new franchise contract for Charter Communications. "This has been going on for a while," Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann acknowledged. "We're pleased we have a final draft to submit to the council for a first reading." The ordinance renewing the franchise was introduced at Monday's meeting, but still needs a second reading and vote from the council - planned for the Sept. 12 meeting.
WELCH -- I turned off Highway 61 onto a winding road surrounded by farms and trees. Enjoying the sunny, mild summer afternoon and calm scenery, I wasn't in any hurry.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has officially cited Prairie Island nuclear plant for a safety violation regarding battery chargers, officials said Wednesday. The "white" rating, indicating low to moderate safety significance, stems from an issue discovered in Unit 1's safety-related battery chargers.
Red Wing City Council members hope to take a balanced approach to fill a nearly $1.8 million potential gap between incoming money and expenses for 2012. At a budget workshop Monday night, the council pored over a draft of staff recommendations and budget realities for 2012, with an eye even further in the future. This year the city is starting a new process of budgeting for two years at a time instead of one. "We're not sure that it's going to be seamless, but we're transitioning into that," Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann said.
CANNON FALLS - Amid chants of "one-term president" and "USA," Republicans rallied downtown hours before President Barack Obama was scheduled to speak. During what Republicans called a "taxpayer-funded campaign tour," Obama was slated to speak in Cannon Falls about the rural economy and jobs. But Minnesota Republican Party chair Tony Sutton said that isn't enough. "The president wants to talk about jobs, but that's all it is - talk," Sutton told the crowd. "In Minnesota we're hurting and we're hurting bad," he said.