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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An effort spearheaded by an offshoot of the group Save MNGL has surpassed an important milestone. The Committee for Transparent Government organized an initiative to create 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. Since the paperwork was filed at the end of April, the number of petition signatures has outstripped the 5 percent of registered voters needed to put the ordinance before the City Council.
Failing to appear in court for parking, dog barking or other similar violations currently can lead to a warrant. But a proposed change would shift some city code violations from misdemeanors to petty misdemeanors, updating a process some see as unnecessary and inefficient. "Some offenses just don't rise up to the level of a warrant and arrest," Red Wing Police Chief Sletten told the City Council on Monday. Most petty misdemeanors are payable offenses, meaning violators can pay a fine rather than appearing in court.
Local governments in Minnesota again have the power to grant zoning variances. Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday signed a bill restoring the ability, which had been severely restricted after a state Supreme Court decision last summer. Variances often are used in cases where following the zoning code presents difficulty for property owners.
While construction season will not exactly be quiet in Red Wing, at least one process will be quicker and less disruptive this year. An unusual process for repairing sewer pipes -- called Cured in Place Pipe -- has already started throughout the city. The CIPP procedure essentially creates a new layer within the existing system, eliminating the need for digging up the roads to fix or replace pipes. "They're actually installing a pipe within a pipe," said Bob Stark, deputy utilities director. The process involves propelling the new lining into the sewer pipes with water pressure.
Nearly every job, from construction to office work, presents some kind of health issue. And sometimes, employers and staff need help to find the risks or solutions in their workplace. The Employee Health and Wellness department at Fairview Red Wing Medical Center has been doing just that, working with local businesses to care for injured employees and prevent future injuries. Helping employees who were injured on a job recover is nothing new, said Jill Kolsky, Employee Health and Wellness department manager.
ST. PAUL -- A case questioning Red Wing's rental inspection code made its way to the state's highest court, where oral arguments were heard Tuesday. City officials have said the inspections of rental properties would ensure safe living standards, but opponents -- including landlords and tenants -- have raised concerns about the code, including privacy rights.
ST. PAUL -- The state Senate on Tuesday gave its preliminary approval to a piece of legislation clarifying Red Wing's right to sell the Mississippi National Golf Links land. The bill states that the city can sell the property but that it must continue to be used for "public recreational use only." Sen.
That the Red Wing Regional Airport is located in Bay City, Wis.. often presents no more of a challenge than to figure out why it's in a neighboring state.
A company that has been working for years to expand fiber optic services in Red Wing cleared a key administrative hurdle this week. The City Council on Monday approved a cable franchise for Hiawatha Broadband Communications. "I think it gives the community some options and brings competition," Council President Ralph Rauterkus said. "It's very positive for the city and bringing in businesses." HBC will compete with Charter Communications in providing area residents and businesses with cable, telephone and Internet.
Rep. John Kline made a stop in Red Wing on Wednesday to talk with local members of Minnesota's 2nd District. Residents came out to hear from and talk with Kline -- who is in his fifth term as a U.S. representative -- at the Red Wing Public Library. While Kline and the crowd shared similar opinions on many topics, there were spots of disagreement, from budget cuts to tax breaks for the wealthy. Here's a look at some of the issues raised by area residents Wednesday and Kline's responses: The budget and deficit: Kline emphasized the budget issues the country faced.