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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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.
Despite taking more preventative measures in dental health, children in Minnesota still have roughly the same rates of untreated cavities and fillings, according to a report recently released by the Minnesota Department of Health. The MDH studied oral health in third-grade students at 40 randomly selected public schools throughout the state.
The establishment of a Goodhue County Health and Human Services department is far from complete, but staff say the process is on track. "We have the foundation," Director Karen Main said at a recent HHS Board meeting.
State officials are hoping a new construction technique will mean less hassle in Lake City. Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to build a new bridge on Highway 61 over Gilbert Creek using "accelerated bridge techniques," which include creating portions of the bridge off-site and putting them together at the location. "We'll be assembling it sort of like a puzzle," said Kristin Kammueller, spokeswoman for MnDOT. The process should reduce the amount of time traffic is disrupted for construction, she said.