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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Financial abuse and fraud are the most common forms of elder abuse in Goodhue County, according to a recent survey by the Elder Justice Network. Throughout the county, 195 people took the group's survey, a lower response than members had hoped.
Goodhue County's Public Health and Social Services departments joined to form the Health and Human Services department. Now the staffs are hoping to come together in one place. Currently, employees work in both the Public Health Building and the Citizen's Building - and both buildings have problems. "The Public Health Building has pretty much run its course," HHS Director Karen Main said.
Red Wing's sister city Ikata, Japan, seems to have escaped the brunt of the country's recent earthquake and tsunamis. Tom Brase, chairman of the Red Wing Sister Cities Commission's Ikata committee, has been in touch via e-mail with a contact he made in the city while chaperoning last summer's youth delegation trip to Japan. There was no significant damage to their buildings or infrastructure and no injuries that they know of, Brase said. "They were not affected, but were very appreciative of our concern," he said.
Budgets are already tight in local governments throughout the state, and cities again face potential cuts to Local Government Aid. In an effort to educate local residents about the topic and spur discussion, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, along with Red Wing officials, spoke about LGA and the fiscal state of cities across Minnesota at a panel Tuesday.
Fairview Red Wing Medical Center has been bringing many health services closer to home for area patients, including a recently expanded partnership with University of Minnesota Physicians cardiologists. Patients in and around Red Wing can now see board-certified heart specialists at Fairview in Red Wing instead of traveling to the Twin Cities for care. "For patients who have heart problems, we can meet their needs in more and different ways than we ever could before," Fairview spokeswoman Marcy Dowse said.
A contested local wind project will move one step closer to a decision next week. Sessions begin Tuesday in the administrative hearing on the site permit for Goodhue Wind's proposed 78 megawatt, 52-turbine project in Goodhue County. The hearing, which will span March 15-17, will chiefly focus on whether a county ordinance passed last October is on par with other state laws and whether it should be applied to this project. The hearing will take place before Administrative Law Judge Kathleen Sheehy at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in St.
A statue of Charles Lindbergh that stood at Bay Point Park has gone missing. "The Boy," a statue of Lindbergh as a child, was reported missing to Red Wing police Thursday, Chief Tim Sletten said. The city removed the statue from Bay Point Park in October during a point of high water and put it in a now-demolished building on Levee Road for safekeeping, said Rick Moskwa, director of Red Wing Public Works. This is a normal procedure during times of high waters, he said.
Township residents headed to the polls Tuesday, mainly voting in incumbents or unopposed candidates. Wacouta Township decided to stay with Red Wing for fire services, Clerk Laura Lutjen said, but had to raise the levy more than $16,000 to cover the costs. Voters were deciding supervisor and treasurer races in most townships, and many rural areas also held their annual meetings Tuesday, finalizing levy amounts. Belle Creek Chad Ryan was elected supervisor and Bill Gorman treasurer, both with 38 votes.
A small Goodhue County city is getting statewide recognition after the governor chose it as his new puppy's namesake. Gov. Mark Dayton has named his new black German Shepherd "Wanamingo" or "Mingo" for short - a name city officials appreciate. "It's nice to be recognized by name," Wanamingo City Administrator Mike Boulton said. "Maybe people can get a geography lesson, too." The Wanamingo City Council passed a resolution at its last meeting commending the governor for choosing the name and inviting him and his dogs to visit to the city anytime.
With the federal and state governments facing pressure to make cuts across the board, funding for public housing and redevelopment programming could be in jeopardy. "Money for all these programs is up in the air," said Randal Hemmerlin, executive director of the Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority. The HRA saw a dip in funding last year. Now, facing deeper cuts, the HRA is also trying to rebuild reserve funds and keep up with planned projects. "This will be an interesting year for us as we move forward and see what our budget situation will be," Hemmerlin said.