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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The frigid cold in the past few days has taken its toll on the Red Wing area. With the temperature reaching 28 degrees below zero Friday as recorded at U.S. Lock & Dam No. 3, Jan. 21 could be the coldest day of the year. It was so cold Friday that: Most local schools delayed or canceled classes. Ellsworth and Plum City school districts canceled classes Friday, along with Red Cottage Montessori.
ELLSWORTH - The Pierce County Land Management Committee approved on Wednesday a permit allowing Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company to expand its sand mine in Maiden Rock. The expansion had been a point of concern for many citizens of the town, prompting a lengthy public hearing in December and many letters and comments sent to both the committee and the company.
Cutting costs and combining services top the list of priorities again this year for the Goodhue County Board. The commissioners discussed goals for the county during their annual workshop Tuesday and said they are especially interested in resolving cost and structural issues with the recycling program and jail. The price tag for the jail needs to be addressed this year, commissioners agreed.
Like most other government entities, the Goodhue County Board will face many financial decisions in the coming year, including setting the 2012 budget. And as the board's new chair, Ted Seifert said efficiency is key. "Every government agency is under pressure financially," said Seifert, who was unanimously elected chair at the board's Jan. 4 meeting.
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.