A male collie who survived the cold winter months marooned on a Mississippi River island near Red Wing will not have a hard time finding a warm, loving home when he is ready for adoption next week.
Goodhue County commissioners will have to decide soon whether they will adopt new state-mandated septic system rules now or wait until critical issues discovered in the rules are changed. Counties had until February to incorporate the massive rules overhaul into their local ordinances but officials statewide have held off, worried about actually incorporating the new rules while the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency works change flaws discovered since the state adopted them two years ago. "Some of the changes will be significant," said Jason Petersen, Goodhue County sanitarian.
A Lake City couple remained hospitalized this morning following a two-vehicle crash Saturday in Hayfield, Minn. Arlene Fick, 72, and her husband, Gerald Fick, 73, were both seriously injured when their vehicle collided with a GMC Yukon at Highways 56 and 30, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Arlene Fick was listed in critical condition this morning, according to a St. Marys Hospital spokeswoman. Gerald Fick is in serious condition. Members of a family of five in the other car were not seriously injured.
Goodhue County commissioners hope a Tuesday meeting with local city and tribal leaders will help generate cost-saving ideas in the wake of budget dilemmas and shrinking state aid. Area government officials have been meeting annually the past several years. Commissioners Jim Bryant and Ron Allen said the gathering helps officials countywide put their heads together and discuss common issues. That may be more important than ever this year as township, city, county and state governments struggle to balance their budgets, the commissioners said.
A former Zumbrota man released from jail in January after serving his sentence for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl was charged Wednesday with four counts of criminal sexual conduct. Jacob Myran was arrested Wednesday by Goodhue County sheriff's officials. He is accused of inappropriately touching two young girls, both known to him. Myran, who now lists a Red Wing address, has been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Three years to the day after Prairie Island marina workers found a newborn baby girl floating in the Mississippi River, authorities announced they are turning to social media outlets to generate new leads in the case. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday it has established a Facebook page to get the public's help with cold cases, missing persons and Amber Alerts.
Usually they creep up without warning. You try to avoid them, but you can't. You brace yourself, clutch the steering wheel and hope for the best. Your car groans as you bounce in and out of the craters. You drive on, hoping your tires and underbelly are all still intact - and not significantly damaged. Welcome to springtime in the Midwest. Potholes have already made their annual debut, cropping up across the region, including in Red Wing and Goodhue and Pierce counties. Ever wonder how a pothole forms?
A 12-year Pierce County Highway Department employee is accused of stealing diesel fuel from the county to use it in equipment for his personal excavating business. Roger Billeter, Beldenville, was charged last week in Pierce County Circuit Court with office fraud and theft, both felonies punishable by a maximum of more than three years behind bars and a $10,000 fine. Pierce County authorities began investigating Billeter last November after his supervisor discovered a pattern of inconsistent fuel shortages and record keeping by Billeter.
A dog stranded on a Mississippi River island near Red Wing was rescued Friday by three fishermen angling near the High Bridge. The men found the battered collie clinging to a log in Mississippi River's swift-moving current near Island Campground and coaxed it into their boat. They called the Goodhue County Humane Society from a cell phone and dropped the dog off with a volunteer at Bay Point Park. "He was very hungry, very wet and very tired," said Linda Niebeling, Humane Society volunteer. "It was very traumatic for him, I'm sure. He slept for two days.
A relative of a mentally impaired sexual assault victim told the court Friday he is concerned the attacker is minimizing the crime that threw her into a tailspin. During his victim impact statement, the relative said comments from Earl Young, 62, indicate he is blaming the female victim for the assaults, which took place last year when the girl was 16. "Until someone takes ownership of what he's done, the chances of ... rehabilitation are not good," the victim's relative said. Young was sentenced Friday in Goodhue County court to one year in jail.