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 struggling economy has meant tough times for many people, and evidence of that is clear in at least one area -- the rising use of food support. In December, the number of households in Goodhue County accessing food stamps or other food assistance programs reached a record high of 1,156. The increase is directly related to the economy, said Greg Schoener, a director of the county's. "The food support program is a major safety net that the public has in place," Schoener said.
The Super Bowl often means a weekend of fun, parties and celebrating, but a local group is working to ensure that it's also safe. Today, a group of volunteers will travel to local restaurants and bars to urge the community to drive safely -- wear a seat belt, drive slowly and don't drink and drive -- on Super Bowl Sunday. "We're reminding people that the Super Bowl is a weekend when people need to be careful," said Ashlyn Christianson, community health specialist for Goodhue County.
Members of the Gnotke family have raised thousands of dollars for the Multiple Sclerosis Society through volunteering and participating in bicycle and snowmobile races, holding silent auctions, cooking and many other ways. Now, Deb Gnotke has sold more than 600 copies of a cookbook she recently created as yet another way to raise money for the MS Society. "I love to cook and bake," she said.
ELLSWORTH -- After a good deal of research, debate and delays, a Pierce County committee voted this week to allow the expansion of the sand mine in Maiden Rock. The Pierce County Land Management Committee approved on Wednesday a permit that allows Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co. to expand its operation by 538 acres in rural Maiden Rock. The expansion had been a point of concern for some residents, prompting a lengthy public hearing in December and many letters and comments sent to both the committee and the company.
The frigid cold in the past few days has taken its toll on the Red Wing area. With the temperature reaching 28 degrees below zero Friday as recorded at U.S. Lock & Dam No. 3, Jan. 21 could be the coldest day of the year. It was so cold Friday that: Most local schools delayed or canceled classes. Ellsworth and Plum City school districts canceled classes Friday, along with Red Cottage Montessori.
ELLSWORTH - The Pierce County Land Management Committee approved on Wednesday a permit allowing Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company to expand its sand mine in Maiden Rock. The expansion had been a point of concern for many citizens of the town, prompting a lengthy public hearing in December and many letters and comments sent to both the committee and the company.
Cutting costs and combining services top the list of priorities again this year for the Goodhue County Board. The commissioners discussed goals for the county during their annual workshop Tuesday and said they are especially interested in resolving cost and structural issues with the recycling program and jail. The price tag for the jail needs to be addressed this year, commissioners agreed.
Like most other government entities, the Goodhue County Board will face many financial decisions in the coming year, including setting the 2012 budget. And as the board's new chair, Ted Seifert said efficiency is key. "Every government agency is under pressure financially," said Seifert, who was unanimously elected chair at the board's Jan. 4 meeting.
Two Red Wing residents were seriously injured in a rollover on Highway 52 on Saturday afternoon. Jamie Ramstad, 43, and passenger Kelly Ramstad, 38, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in the rollover, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report. They were moving southbound on Highway 52 in northern Olmsted County when their SUV got out of control and rolled over due to icy road conditions, according to the report. Jamie Ramstad was ejected from the vehicle.
Hosting underage drinkers could become illegal across Goodhue County in 2011. Chemical Health Initiative is urging the Goodhue County Board to pass social host and server/seller ordinances this year. The ordinances would apply to rural residences and establishments and would be enforced by the Goodhue County Sheriff's Department. Social host ordinances hold hosts legally responsible for anyone under 21 drinking alcohol at their home, even if the host didn't provide the alcohol. The seller/server ordinance mandates training for anyone involved in selling alcohol.