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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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.
Traveling through Cannon Falls to the metro area may soon be a little faster -- and a lot safer. A project that would remove the only stoplights between Rochester and the metro area was chosen for funding by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the organization announced Thursday. The project will create a new interchange at the intersection of Highway 52 at Goodhue County Highway 24 in Cannon Falls and remove the two traffic signals there.
A project that would remove the only stoplights between Rochester and the metro area has been chosen for funding by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the organization announced Thursday. The project will create a new interchange at the intersection of Highway 52 at Goodhue County Highway 24 in Cannon Falls and remove the two traffic signals there. The $27 million project will reduce the potential for accidents, said Greg Isakson, county engineer. Goodhue County has agreed to put $4 million toward the project, while Cannon Falls will contribute $2 million.
Goodhue County has been recognized for its efforts to create and maintain a safe workplace. Last week, Goodhue County was named county of the year by the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust, a statewide entity that provides county governments with risk management services and casualty, property and workers' compensation coverage. MCIT chose Goodhue as the 2010 recipient from among MCIT's membership, which includes 81 of the state's 87 counties and more than 400 other related organizations.
Smoke detectors. Life jackets. Stop, drop and roll. These and many other safety precautions often become second nature. Now health officials want to add another measure to that list - testing for radon. A naturally occurring gas that comes from decaying radioactive materials in the soil, radon is especially prevalent in Minnesota due to the state's geological conditions, said Andrew Gilbert, a radon specialist at the Minnesota Department of Health. "Minnesota is a very high radon state," he said.
The cold and snowy weather may make it feel like the heart of winter outside, but ice conditions on local waters are still precarious in some areas. The weather so far this season has created low-quality ice locally, deputy Scott Powers said. Between large amounts of snow in December and varying temperatures causing ice to thaw and freeze, there hasn't been a chance to create the thick, clear ice that is safest for walking or driving on, Powers said. Last year, at least four vehicles went through the ice on local waters such as Lake Byllesby and Lake Pepin.
The Red Wing Shoe Co. plans to add 125 independently owned stores to its network over the next five years, the company announced Thursday.
The Red Wing Shoe Co. plans to add 125 independently owned stores to its network over the next five years, it announced Thursday. Currently, the company has more than 425 stores throughout the country, about 70 percent of which are locally owned, according to a news release. The company said its more successful stores generally are those that have a local owner who is present on a daily basis. The new stores would mean about a 20 percent growth for the company, according to the release. Check Saturday's edition of the R-E for more on this story.
In front of a packed courtroom Monday in the Goodhue County Justice Center, Larry Clark was sworn in as the newest judge for the First Judicial District. "I believe it is the highest calling of an attorney to serve as a judge," Clark said at the ceremony. Clark joins local Judges Thomas Bibus, who administered the oath, and Kevin Mark. The district covers Goodhue, Carver, Dakota, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott and Sibley counties. Clark will be chambered in Goodhue County but will occasionally work in the other counties, Bibus said.