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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Red Wing residents give the city high marks for services and are willing to pay slightly higher taxes to maintain them, according to the results of a recent community survey.
A group of Red Wing residents is hoping to change the way the city does business. The Committee for Transparent Government, an offshoot of Save MNGL, filed paperwork Monday proposing an ordinance requiring the city to have citizens vote on the purchase or sale of property assessed by Goodhue County at $1 million or more. On the same day the proposed ordinance was filed, another group of Red Wing residents filed a statement supporting the sale of Mississippi National Golf Links. The ordinance petition is allowed under Red Wing's City Charter, which states that, "the people of Red Wing res
Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan is taking his office on the road. The mayor has scheduled a series of community meetings throughout town to hear from residents about their concerns, suggestions and questions. "It's a fresh start," said Egan, who took office after winning February's special election. "There's no agenda -- I just want to hear what people are concerned about and thinking about." Egan had an abbreviated campaign process, and he said he wants to take more time to hear from locals. He said residents often told him they felt they had to visit City Hall to voice their concerns.
Most of those who spoke during a public meeting on the proposed sale of Mississippi National Golf Links shared the same goal - to keep the property a public golf course. The differences came in discussing who should own it. Community members and leaders packed City Hall Tuesday night to share their thoughts on that and other aspects of the proposed sale. City officials reiterated their rationale for considering the sale of 363 of the course's 417 acres -- mainly budget constraints -- and assured citizens sale would include conditions requiring the property to remain a golf course.
As Red Wing faces a wide variety of changes and challenges, local leaders will now have another resource for collaboration and brainstorming solutions. The city recently was chosen for the Blandin Community Leadership Program, which will give some community leaders a chance to attend a retreat facilitated by the Blandin Foundation.
Community members and leaders packed City Hall on Tuesday night to share their thoughts during a public meeting on the proposed sale of Mississippi National Golf Links. Most of those who spoke shared the same goal - to keep the property a public golf course. The differences came in discussing who should own it. City officials presented the rationale for considering the sale of the course - mainly budget constraints - and assured citizens that a sale would include conditions requiring the property to remain a golf course.
Prairie Island nuclear plant is operating safely and has made improvements, though there are still some areas of concern, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said Thursday. More than 60 area residents and leaders gathered for a public meeting between NRC and plant officials to discuss the annual assessment of the nuclear plant.
A rental code lawsuit involving the city of Red Wing will be debated before the Minnesota Supreme Court next month. Oral arguments in the case will take place May 3 at the Capitol Building. The case has worked its way up to the Supreme Court after nearly five years of legal battles. The Institute for Justice, a Minnesota-based public interest law firm, sued the city on behalf of tenants and landlords in late 2006 following the city instituting a rental inspection ordinance in 2005. The heart of the argument revolves around tenants' right to privacy.
Advertisements might soon be coming to athletic fields and parks in Red Wing. City Council approved Monday a change to the city zoning ordinance that would allow advertising at the Red Wing Athletic Field, A.P. Anderson Park and fields at Red Wing High School and Twin Bluff Middle School. The ordinance would allow temporary advertisements, including banners and signs, attached to existing structures such as buildings, fences or scoreboards.
The Red Wing City Council has opened up two key pieces of its contested potential sale of Mississippi National Golf Links. City Council voted Monday to make the appraisal amount of Mississippi National public. Members also decided to open the sale process to other potential buyers after negotiating with Wendell Pittenger, who currently leases the course.