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 citizen group has submitted its petition to create an ordinance in Red Wing that would put major land deals to a vote. The Committee for Transparent Government, an offshoot of Save MNGL, organized an initiative to develop an ordinance that would require the city to put up for a public vote the sale or purchase of any land assessed by Goodhue County at $1 million or more. On Wednesday, the group submitted signatures from 984 Red Wing residents to the city. That number outstrips the 5 percent of registered voters required to put the ordinance before the City Council.
Minnesota lawmakers' failure to finalize a budget during the regular session not only has consequences at the state level - such as a possible shutdown of state government - but also trickles down to cities. In Red Wing, budget planning typically ramps up in April or May, Finance Director Marshall Hallock said. But this year, the state's delayed decision combined with potentially substantial cuts to Local Government Aid is stalling preparations. "We have to wait until there is more certainty," he said. "Otherwise it's an inefficient process." But the city can't wait too long.
A citizen group has submitted its petition to create an ordinance in Red Wing. The Committee for Transparent Government, an offshoot of Save MNGL, organized an initiative to develop an ordinance requiring the city to put up for a public vote the sale or purchase of any land assessed by Goodhue County at $1 million or more. On Wednesday, the group submitted signatures from 984 Red Wing residents to the city. That number outstrips the 5 percent of registered voters required to put the ordinance before the City Council.
With two of his organized community meetings under his belt, Mayor Dennis Egan said he is happy with the format and public involvement so far. "I was encouraged that people were willing and care enough about their community to come out," Egan said. The "Red Wing: Moving Forward Together" meetings were designed to give residents a chance to voice their opinions in a comfortable setting, he said.
Wendy McClure was a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books as a child. So when the author and editor rediscovered the novels as an adult, she decided to take a trip to the homes and towns in the series. "I really fell back in love with (the books)," McClure said. "I wanted to experience the books on a whole new level." Her journey, chronicled in the new book "The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie," took her throughout the Midwest, including to Wilder's birthplace just north of Pepin.
With the Minnesota Legislature's regular session ending without a budget, leaders on both sides of the aisle are planning their strategies to reach an agreement before a potential government shutdown. Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing said he was frustrated with the outcome - or lack thereof - of the regular session. "Overall I'm disappointed we couldn't reach a resolution on the budget," Kelly told the R-E. "That's what our directive was ...
Darrell Nelson served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, a stint that included two tours in Vietnam. His wife, Barb, came from a military family, where her father and grandfather both served as well. So though it came as a bit of a surprise, it was also with pride that the Red Wing couple watched their three sons enlist in the Navy. "We are definitely a Navy family," Barb said. Combined, Darrell and sons Darrell "Skip", Robin and Devin have served 71 years. Skip served seven years, Devin served 20, and Robin served 24.
There are many options for observing Memorial Day this year in and around Red Wing. Events include: Field of Honor: May 27-30, Bay Point Park. Red Wing Area Seniors takes $25 donations to dedicate flags and place the flags around the park. On Friday at 6 p.m., the flag dedication ceremony will take place. Flags will fly until 6 p.m. on Memorial Day. There also will be an unveiling of 44 framed storyboards of World War II veterans from the Red Wing area.
An affordable housing development could take the place of the Elks Lodge property and neighboring building. The Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority is working with developer MetroPlains to create a 24-unit apartment building on West Fourth and Plum streets. The company specializes in historic renovation and also works on new construction, representatives said. Units would be available to tenants who make less than 60 percent of the county's median income, with some reserved for those making 30 percent or less.
The sale of Mississippi National Golf Links will be open for public proposals next month. At its meeting Monday, the Red Wing City Council approved a request for proposals for the sale of MNGL. The RFP was altered slightly from the originally proposed draft. After staff finalizes the language, the RFP will be published in local and metro newspapers and on various websites.