Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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Red Wing City Council members had a host of questions and comments for public safety officials during a monthly workshop. The Monday meeting -- which was a chance for Fire Chief Tom Schneider and Police Chief Tim Sletten to update the council on a variety of issues -- lined up well with budget planning, City Administrator Kay Kuhlmann said. Both gave the council updates on topics from budgets and staffing to statistics, including: Fire Department Coverage: Fire and ambulance response times quickly became a topic of conversation.
When Jackie Luikart moved to Jordan Towers last April, the thing she missed most from home was her garden. "I'm a really avid gardener, and that's something I grieved for," she said. "It was the hardest thing to leave." So she began talking with a group of women who made up the gardening club at the Towers. The group had done some good work, she said, but thought they could improve the gardens with better dirt, more flowers, easier ways to water the plants and raised beds that would ease the pain of bending and gardening.
The Red Wing Public Library is inviting local kids to travel around the world this summer - all while staying in their own backyards. This year's summer reading program for kids from preschool through sixth grade is called "One World, Many Stories." Kids can "travel" to different countries through books, crafts, music and other activities each week at the Red Wing library. And as they rack up reading minutes, they also can earn coupons for free trips to the Colvill Aquatic Center - reading 20 minutes a day for seven days equals a one-day pass.
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.