If you go ... What: Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission When: 7 p.m. Monday Where: Goodhue County Justice Center jury assembly room, Red Wing On the agenda: Proposed changes to the county's zoning ordinance regarding wind turbines and a request for a moratorium wind development Goodhue County planning commission members are gearing up to hear from local residents concerned about proposed wind farms, one of which is scheduled for construction this year.
A Rochester man seriously injured three years ago in a three-vehicle crash near Wanamingo will receive more than $745,000 in damages, a Goodhue County jury ruled last month. The 12-member panel found rural Kenyon resident Lisa Ann Johnson 80 percent responsible for the crash that injured Hussein Abdulle of Rochester. The crash took place June 1, 2006, along Highway 60 near SEMA Equipment, according to Minnesota State Patrol records. Abdulle filed a civil suit in 2008 against Johnson and several others.
This week will be one of mixed emotions for Diane Carroll. She will spend today with Goodhue County sheriff's deputies remembering her husband, Tom, the detention deputy who died exactly one year ago during a CPR training exercise at the jail. There is a silver lining to the somber anniversary, however.
Chris Faust has days when he tumbles into his cot at the Goodhue County jail exhausted and worn out. He falls asleep immediately. The fatigue is worth it for Faust, who knocked three months off his time behind bars working on the county's Sentencing to Service crew. "Instead of sitting in jail doing nothing ... you get to do some good for the community to pay for the bad you did," said Faust, who will be released from jail Tuesday. "Plus, you gain a lot of knowledge.
Goodhue County prosecutors, law enforcement and court officials began operating last week on a pilot program that will electronically connect the agencies and save them time and money. The eCharging system, created and paid for by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, helps link each agency's records-storing systems so charging and DWI data, messages, approvals and attachments can be passed between law enforcement, prosecutors, state agencies and the courts.
A Maiden Rock man faces three felony charges for allegedly assaulting a man outside a Pierce County bar, then threatening witnesses who tried to help the victim. Kevin D. Fisher, 48, was charged this week in Pierce County Circuit Court with substantial battery, two counts of intimidating a victim and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. If convicted on all charges, Fisher faces a maximum punishment of more than 23 years behind bars and a $61,000 fine.
Goodhue County township officials said they are expecting a pretty mellow election night on Tuesday. Most clerks and supervisors up for re-election are running unopposed. Clerks serve two-year terms, supervisors are elected for three-year terms. Here's a preview of who is running and when township residents can vote: Belle Creek Incumbents Clerk Steve McNamara and Supervisor Jim Hadler are up for re-election. Both are running unopposed. The annual meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. McNamara said there will be some discussion about sludge and wind turbine issues.
MAZEPPA - Larry Hartman threw a question out to the large crowd gathered Thursday to learn and comment about a proposed 52-turbine wind farm in rural Goodhue. "What is wind?" the Minnesota Office of Energy Security staffer asked. Mumbles from the crowd highlighted what has divided some neighbors and friends the past few years since wind energy companies came knocking, offering landowners money to house turbines.
Goodhue County Attorney Stephen Betcher told commissioners Tuesday about the county's new eCharging system, which went live last week. The system allows law enforcement, court and state officials to electronically share data relating to criminal cases. The system - created by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension - allows for more accurate and complete information and more efficient use of human and financial resources.
GOODHUE - The art projects decorating the walls at Amy Mansur's home pretty much say it all. "Amy's Day care is beeutiful," one child's colorful drawing exclaims. Parents appear to agree with that simple statement. The Goodhue County Daycare Association recently named Mansur Goodhue County's 2009 Daycare Provider of the Year based on nominations and votes from area families. "It was a surprise and a great honor," Mansur said last week. "It means a lot to me that my families think highly of me ...