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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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
A recent request by Goodhue Wind in an already contentious wind project case has escalated the tensions among its players. Two local groups that have spoken out strongly against the project, Goodhue Wind Truth and Coalition for Sensible Siting, have filed protective orders against Goodhue Wind.
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.