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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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.
An oil and natural gas company has purchased two pieces of land in Goodhue County. 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 buys, develops and produces oil and natural gas properties throughout the country, including locations in Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Montana, Colorado and Wyoming, according to its website.
Red Wing resident Krista Becker thinks every childcare provider deserves an award. But at least one of the families she works with believed it was her turn to be recognized. This week, Becker was named Goodhue County Daycare Provider of the Year for 2011 -- an award she wasn't expecting. "I was surprised," she said. "For the most part I'm glad to be appreciated." Becker has been running her own day care since 2005. She currently cares for 11 children, her youngest at age one and oldest in kindergarten, she said. And it's a job she loves.
Scammers looking for money have successfully swindled all types and ages of people, from grandparents to teenage cashiers. But knowing common characteristics of scams can make everyone more alert to suspicious behavior, police say. While there are many variations, there are some scams the Red Wing Police Department has seen regularly in the area, said community service officer Tim Bohmbach. Claiming they need money to get out of jail, pay a hotel bill or something similar, scammers will call elderly people and pretend to be a grandson or granddaughter in distress.
Snowmobile racing means lots of practice, travel and time, but for Ian and Colin Johnson, it also means a chance to take what they love about the sport to the extreme. "I like the speed," Ian said. "I like to go fast." Ian, 9, and Colin, 6, have been riding snowmobiles for most of their lives, whether on their own or with their parents, Hal and Cherie. Both boys took up racing at a young age -- even after Ian's first experience driving solo. The boys will race in Lake City on Feb. 19, the first local race they've had since they started competing.
As the March 8 township elections approach and officials organize budgets and initiatives, representatives from Goodhue County townships gathered to discuss what issues they will face this year. From budgets to crime, the annual township meeting Feb. 5 included a wide range of topics and discussions with county, law enforcement and state officials. Street sign replacement As townships, like other government entities, face tight budgets, some officials expressed concern about the cost of meeting new federal traffic sign requirements.
Road construction season will be back this year in Goodhue County. The County Board approved its planned 2011 construction schedule at its meeting Tuesday. There are eight projects on the docket for 2011, adding up to a $7.3 million price tag. The board also added a new construction project for 2012.
Efficiency at the Goodhue County Recycling Center has been cited as a priority for the County Board this year, and commissioners said they felt they moved toward that goal Tuesday. The board voted at its last meeting to eliminate textile recycling services at the center. Labor costs for textile recycling reached $9,600 in 2010, while revenue from the process was only $2,600, according to a report from Public Works Director Greg Isakson. There are many other options for residents to get rid of clothing, he said, including the Salvation Army.
A judge has ordered wind opponents to submit their addresses to Goodhue Wind despite arguments that the request was a form of "intimidation." Administrative Law Judge Kathleen Sheehy issued an order Friday requiring all members of Goodhue Wind Truth and the Coalition for Sensible Siting to give Goodhue Wind's attorneys their home addresses and a list of any land "in the project area and buffer area...owned or rented, either directly or through a trust or business entity" by members. The information must be submitted to the company by Feb.
ZUMBROTA -- Economic collaboration between cities and the county and among area businesses was a key message of the Goodhue County's third annual Economic Development Authority summit on Friday. About 30 business owners, city and county officials gathered to discuss ways to improve the business climate of the county and bring in new customers from around the state and country. Speakers encouraged pooling resources throughout the county, both to share ideas and experiences as well as marketing strategies. "If you partner up with other businesses, together you have a much greater ability t