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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There are many options for observing Memorial Day this year in and around Red Wing. Events include: Field of Honor: May 27-30, Bay Point Park. Red Wing Area Seniors takes $25 donations to dedicate flags and place the flags around the park. On Friday at 6 p.m., the flag dedication ceremony will take place. Flags will fly until 6 p.m. on Memorial Day. There also will be an unveiling of 44 framed storyboards of World War II veterans from the Red Wing area.
An affordable housing development could take the place of the Elks Lodge property and neighboring building. The Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority is working with developer MetroPlains to create a 24-unit apartment building on West Fourth and Plum streets. The company specializes in historic renovation and also works on new construction, representatives said. Units would be available to tenants who make less than 60 percent of the county's median income, with some reserved for those making 30 percent or less.
The sale of Mississippi National Golf Links will be open for public proposals next month. At its meeting Monday, the Red Wing City Council approved a request for proposals for the sale of MNGL. The RFP was altered slightly from the originally proposed draft. After staff finalizes the language, the RFP will be published in local and metro newspapers and on various websites.
The Red Wing City Council voted Monday to dip into its contingency fund - money set aside for unforeseen events - for repairs at two city properties. The funds will go toward repairs at Mississippi National Golf Links and at the Public Works Department's building. In December, the city allocated $45,000 to Mississippi National, anticipating the sale of the course in early 2011.
HRA update The Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority may receive more federal money than anticipated, City Council members learned Monday. Originally the monthly funding for vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was expected to be lower than the current $57,314. But now HRA Director Randal Hemmerlin said the organization could see an increase to $65,547 per month. However, Hemmerlin said the HRA will move cautiously as cuts are expected again in 2012.
Red Wing is one step closer to establishing a domestic partnership registry after Monday's City Council meeting, where members approved a first reading of the ordinance 6-0. Council president Ralph Rauterkus was absent. The ordinance would allow the city to issue certificates to domestic partners, formally recognizing the relationship. The local law would not give registered partners the same rights as married couples and doesn't require businesses to recognize partnerships or give benefits to their employees' partners.
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.