Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy.
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A North St. Paul man was charged with vehicle theft after being spotted at the Red Wing Walmart with vehicle bearing stolen license plates. According to a criminal complaint: Red Wing police responded to a call 5:37 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, of a stolen green Ford Super Duty pickup. Joseph Michael Jeanetta, 30, approached the vehicle after leaving Walmart, notifying officers at the scene that someone else had the keys. The rear passenger window was broken out and covered with black plastic.
Neighbors opposed to a high-profile Zumbrota Township feedlot had their concerns heard Thursday, Sept. 21, before the Minnesota Court of Appeals in St. Paul. Township residents seek to have the court overturn the county's decision to approve a conditional-use permit for the proposed feedlot, arguing plans submitted by the Kohlnhofer family and Circle K Family Farms do not meet county ordinance standards.
During the Aug. 10 Goodhue County Board meeting, commissioners were presented the first 2018 proposed budget and levy request draft. Next year's preliminary budget was then set at $61,974,149 with the preliminary levy at $34,217,195. The board voted on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to cut spending and bring the levy down to $33 million. With a number of options to reduce the 2018 preliminary levy, commissioners were encouraged by Scott Arneson, county administrator, to shift options to 2019 to increase cuts by doing one of the following:
A recent surge in Americans with Disabilities Act complaints has pushed employers to search for solutions to their current barriers. The legal notices accuse business owners of a variety of issues with the main one being poor parking for handicap accessibility. A few others include no access to public restrooms or poor handicap access to building.
MAIDEN ROCK — Following the final decision to go through with a new Maiden Rock Village Hall and accompanying playground in the site of the old playground on County Road S, the two are ready to be utilized. "The aesthetics are still being worked on," said Village Board President Steve Pomahatch. "Most everything we're letting settle and finishing touches (will be done) next spring."
Minnesota requires cities to certify a preliminary property tax levy each year. Following discussion Monday, Red Wing set its maximum levy for 2018 at just over $23 million. During the Sept. 11 meeting, a divided council voted to set the bar at $23,205,223. The amount can go lower, but can not increase when the city makes the final decision in early December. City Council members will continue to work on levy and budget plans throughout the second and third budget workshops Oct. 9 and Nov. 6
Many of us have never had the thought of deportation cross our minds. After what the Trump administration decided last week, deportation is something that now weighs heavily on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals designees. In six months, about 800,000 undocumented immigrants could potentially lose everything they worked for in the United States. More than 6,000 DACA recipients live in Minnesota, according to the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota. Of those, 25 live in Red Wing and about 15 more in other areas of Goodhue County.
When living in a river town like Red Wing, it's hard to ignore the prominence of the Mississippi River and the train that runs alongside it. These two landmarks could soon be changing. The Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago train, or Second Train, was proposed as a daily round-trip passenger train alongside the Twin Cities to Chicago route. This addition would complement the existing Amtrak Empire Builder by being built alongside it. The project does not correlate with the Zip Rail efforts, a proposed train down the Highway 52 corridor.
With rents on the rise and fake rental ads on the internet, it's necessary for those in the market to become familiar with legitimate properties before falling victim to scams and unsafe housing. "Unfortunately, (the internet) has made it easier for scammers to create fake ads on sites like Craigslist, which attract victims with promises of low rent, only to take their security deposits and leave them on the outside looking in," said Susan Adams Loyd, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota.
What do you like most about living in Red Wing? Would you recommend living in Red Wing to others? These are just a few of the questions to prepare for if you are randomly selected for this year's community survey. While the city conducts a community survey every three to five years, this year is different. "What I think is exciting about this survey is that 50 percent of the questions were put together by the (10) actions teams that are part of the community voices task force part of the whole Red Wing 2040 project," said Michelle Leise, community engagement specialist.