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 Goodhue County Sheriff's Office will take a conservative approach to tackling budget issues, at least for now. The department presented the Goodhue County Board with a variety of potential measures to cut the budget for the Adult Detention Center, ranging from leaving some open positions unfilled to closing the facility. "This is meant to begin some dialogue for things we could do in the future," Sheriff Scott McNurlin said. "I do look at this as a continuing conversation.
Fire service contracts with two nearby townships were up in the air after potential fee increases, and the results look to be coming back mixed. Diamond Bluff decided to sign a contract with Ellsworth Fire Department instead of renewing with the Red Wing Fire Department. While Jeff Holst, Diamond Bluff Town Board chairman, said the township was happy working with Red Wing, price was the ultimate factor. "It was solely a cost matter," Holst said. Diamond Bluff's contract with Ellsworth comes with a price tag of $19,500 a year.
Most townships in Goodhue County will likely see a quiet night when they hold elections and annual meetings Tuesday. Many of them have treasurer and supervisor positions open, though most candidates run unopposed. Here's a preview of who is running and when residents can vote: Belle Creek No candidate information provided. The annual meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. Belvidere Alan Breuer is running for supervisor, while Kevin Voth is seeking re-election as treasurer. The annual meeting will be at 1 p.m., and polls will be open from 3 to 8 p.m.
City officials want the federal government to hold up its end of the bargain when it comes to nuclear waste. Red Wing City Council voted Monday to send a letter to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson asking her to sue the federal government for failing to take care of nuclear waste. The federal government is required to pick up nuclear waste from facilities like the Prairie Island nuclear plant, Council member Lisa Bayley said, but hasn't been doing so. "They are way behind on fulfilling their obligations," Bayley said, adding that with a central storage site at Yucca Mountain out of
Goodhue County is looking for creative ways to save money, but not all the suggestions are sitting well with locals. The Public Works Department was looking into closing Cutler Hill, a graveled half-mile stretch of County Road 46, but residents' protests convinced at least one county official to abandon the idea. About 30 area residents, county and Red Wing city officials gathered Wednesday at the public works building to discuss the closure. "No decisions have been made yet," Public Works Director Greg Isakson assured residents.
Counties in the region plan to work together to deal with lower jail populations and high costs, officials said Friday. Sheriffs, lawmakers, administrators and jail staff members from 11 surrounding counties met Friday in Goodhue County to discuss possible solutions to inmate housing issues. "There are a lot of opportunities to be gained by having these discussions," Goodhue County Sheriff Scott McNurlin said. In general, nearby counties are seeing more empty beds and expenses greatly exceeding revenue, according to a survey counties completed before the meeting.
A Red Wing resident was one of the eight Minnesota State Patrol officers who have been hit since last weekend's snowstorm in a winter that has proven dangerous not only for drivers but for law enforcement officials as well. Sgt. Dan Lewis pulled over on Highway 52 about 10 miles south of Cannon Falls on Monday to check on the people in a vehicle that had spun out. He had only been stopped for about 20 seconds when his vehicle was rearended by another traveling 65 mph, he said. Troopers spend a lot of time checking their mirrors, Lewis said, especially during bad weather.
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.