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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At its meeting Monday, the Red Wing City Council approved a Request for Proposal for the sale of Mississippi National Golf Links. The RFP was altered slightly from the originally proposed draft. Council member Lisa Bayley, who acted as president Monday night in Ralph Rauterkus' absence, asked to extend the due date for proposals to August 1 rather than the original July 22 deadline. The council also agreed to add language in the RFP indicating it would be open to creative proposals not necessarily involving the purchase of all 36 holes, at the suggestion of Council member Peggy Rehder.
The state Legislature officially approved the potential sale of Mississippi National Golf Links this week, and on Monday the City Council will face two more MNGL issues. On the agenda for next week's meeting is a proposed public sale document and potential budget adjustments to continue maintenance at the course. Legislature passes MNGL bill A bill allowing the sale of Mississippi National to a private entity has now passed both chambers of the Legislature unanimously. Rep. Tim Kelly and Sen. John Howe sponsored bills.
Prairie Island nuclear plant, alongside the United States' 103 other plants, is prepared to handle emergency situations, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC had minor suggestions, such as better emergency training for responders, but said the plant is on track. The agency initiated inspections of U.S. nuclear power plants after a March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan badly damaged one of the country's nuclear plants.
A Red Wing soldier will be laid to rest on U.S. soil 46 years after his death. The remains of Maj. Thomas Reitmann, an Air Force fighter pilot, were recently recovered in Vietnam, where he died in 1965 during the war when his plane was shot during an air strike. Reitmann grew up in Red Wing and graduated from Red Wing High School in 1948, said his cousin Dewey Johnson, who graduated the same year.
An effort spearheaded by an offshoot of the group Save MNGL has surpassed an important milestone. The Committee for Transparent Government organized an initiative to create 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. Since the paperwork was filed at the end of April, the number of petition signatures has outstripped the 5 percent of registered voters needed to put the ordinance before the City Council.
Failing to appear in court for parking, dog barking or other similar violations currently can lead to a warrant. But a proposed change would shift some city code violations from misdemeanors to petty misdemeanors, updating a process some see as unnecessary and inefficient. "Some offenses just don't rise up to the level of a warrant and arrest," Red Wing Police Chief Sletten told the City Council on Monday. Most petty misdemeanors are payable offenses, meaning violators can pay a fine rather than appearing in court.
Local governments in Minnesota again have the power to grant zoning variances. Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday signed a bill restoring the ability, which had been severely restricted after a state Supreme Court decision last summer. Variances often are used in cases where following the zoning code presents difficulty for property owners.
While construction season will not exactly be quiet in Red Wing, at least one process will be quicker and less disruptive this year. An unusual process for repairing sewer pipes -- called Cured in Place Pipe -- has already started throughout the city. The CIPP procedure essentially creates a new layer within the existing system, eliminating the need for digging up the roads to fix or replace pipes. "They're actually installing a pipe within a pipe," said Bob Stark, deputy utilities director. The process involves propelling the new lining into the sewer pipes with water pressure.
Nearly every job, from construction to office work, presents some kind of health issue. And sometimes, employers and staff need help to find the risks or solutions in their workplace. The Employee Health and Wellness department at Fairview Red Wing Medical Center has been doing just that, working with local businesses to care for injured employees and prevent future injuries. Helping employees who were injured on a job recover is nothing new, said Jill Kolsky, Employee Health and Wellness department manager.
ST. PAUL -- A case questioning Red Wing's rental inspection code made its way to the state's highest court, where oral arguments were heard Tuesday. City officials have said the inspections of rental properties would ensure safe living standards, but opponents -- including landlords and tenants -- have raised concerns about the code, including privacy rights.