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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Advertisements might soon be coming to athletic fields and parks in Red Wing. City Council approved Monday a change to the city zoning ordinance that would allow advertising at the Red Wing Athletic Field, A.P. Anderson Park and fields at Red Wing High School and Twin Bluff Middle School. The ordinance would allow temporary advertisements, including banners and signs, attached to existing structures such as buildings, fences or scoreboards.
The Red Wing City Council has opened up two key pieces of its contested potential sale of Mississippi National Golf Links. City Council voted Monday to make the appraisal amount of Mississippi National public. Members also decided to open the sale process to other potential buyers after negotiating with Wendell Pittenger, who currently leases the course.
Making personal health decisions can be confusing and unsettling, but when faced with the need to make those choices for a relative or friend, it can be even more difficult. That's why many health officials recommend setting up advance directives.
Warmer weather has hit the Red Wing area, but flooding remains mild for now, with the Mississippi River yet to reach flood stage. The river crested at 13.38 feet on the last day of March. Levels gradually went down and reached a low of 12.96 Tuesday, but have been rising slightly since then. The National Weather Service expects a second crest at 14.4 feet, just above the 14-foot flood level, by Wednesday.
Goodhue County has not received any permit applications for a sand mine near Hay Creek, but many residents have expressed concerns that a land purchase this winter could lead to such an operation. 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 bought about 61 acres for $1.1 million in mid-January and another 94 acres for $1.5 million about three weeks later, according to information from the Goodhue County Assessor's Office.
The Goodhue County Board moved forward with a grant application to the Department of Natural Resources for purchasing land near Lake Byllesby. On Tuesday, commissioners passed a resolution required as part of the application, which is now complete. The county plans to work with the DNR and the Minnesota Parks and Trails Council to purchase the property. The DNR needs a portion of the land for a bridge that is part of the Mill Towns Trail project, and the county would be able to use its portion of the land as it sees fit, Public Works Director Greg Isakson said.
Goodhue County has good clinical care but residents have some unhealthy habits, according to a recent study ranking the health of counties. The 2011 County Health Rankings, released last week, place Goodhue County 36th out of 85 counties in Minnesota for health outcomes and 53rd for health factors. Health outcomes include premature death and self-reported overall physical and mental health, while health factors involve those aspects that could influence health such as behaviors and the physical environment.
Red Wing's garbage incinerator has been a key point in budget and policy discussions for years, and Red Wing City Council is continuing to explore options before making any final decisions. The incinerator, located on Bench Street, takes up an average of about $500,000 from the city's general fund each year, but burning trash is considered a more environmentally friendly alternative to landfills. A main problem for the city's incinerator operations has been a lack of waste, said Jeff Schneider, deputy director of solid waste.
As Goodhue County considers countywide social host and seller/server ordinances, Chemical Health Initiative and local police chiefs encouraged area leaders to consider passing the ordinances in their jurisdictions as well.
After years of planning and many delays, Goodhue County's public safety entities will switch to a new radio system Monday. The 800 megahertz system will replace a 35-year-old VHF system, offering more options for communicating and better reception, the Sheriff's Office said. "It will be connectivity like we've never had before," Chief Deputy Lyle Lorenson said. Exploring new radio options started about eight years ago, Sheriff Scott McNurlin said.