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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When construction started, Patty Butenschoen had a general idea of what was in store for her home. The remodeling of a business property into a residential property is a lengthy process that would take countless hours of work and time out of her everyday schedule. What she didn't anticipate was that during this process, a time capsule hidden between the walls of her home would be revealed.
"All rise." The Honorable Judge Douglas Bayley, dressed head to toe in a black robe, makes an appearance from the corner of the room. He walks toward the front desk while everyone in the court stands. Court 2A in the Goodhue County Justice Center is Bayley's public desk; from listening to criminal and civil cases, to administering weddings and adoptions, his job list is filled to the top with endless tasks. "Sit," Bayley says, "Please, have a seat."
A Goodhue County Sheriff's Office K-9 was stabbed earlier this month after chasing a suspect in Wabasha County. Ambush, the K-9 handled by Goodhue County's Sheriff, Matt Bowron, has reached the final stages of recovery and will be cleared for duty within the next week, the department said. The suspect, Shane Cronin, 27 of Lake City, was bitten by Ambush. Cronin was reported speeding on Jan. 5 and caught fleeing a peace officer. A Wabasha County deputy was also bitten by the K-9 in the altercation and later received stitches.
A Goodhue County Sheriff's Office deputy was injured in an assault Wednesday, Jan. 18, while serving civil papers in Red Wing, court documents state. According to a complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court: Patrol Sgt. Jason Johnson was dispatched to 903 W. Fourth St. to serve papers to Salvatore Thomas Stella, 40. Johnson radioed for assistance shortly after arriving at the house after allegedly being knocked to the floor.
Goodhue County History Center has a new exhibit on display until April 1, "New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration in Minnesota, 1825-1925." The poster exhibit, complimented by a few new artifacts and photographs from the permanent collection, explores early Norwegian settlement and their first 100 years in Minnesota. While a wide variety of immigrants from different backgrounds traveled to this area and experienced their own struggles, "New Land, New Life" focuses on one of the earliest and largest ethnic groups to travel to the Midwest.
Newly appointed Goodhue County Board Chair Ron Allen hopes that 2017 will be a year to focus on security, transportation and health care. Each year, Goodhue County Board appoints a new chairman and vice chairman. This will be Allen's third time as board chair. Until clear guidance is received from federal and state levels of government, Allen said he hopes the county officers can work together to discuss issues while keeping the public's best interest at the forefront.
Whether it's a frigid winter day with ice hanging from the trees, or 80 degrees and sunny with birds singing, Cannon Valley Trail is open year-round, every day, for visitors to soak in its natural beauty. The trail may be old, but so is the Master Plan. After the trail was dedicated in 1983, asphalt surfacing was completed in 1992, as well as the Comprehensive Plan Supplement for the almost 20-mile trail. These plans, as required by the state of Minnesota, are to be updated in order to keep the parks and trails maintained and accommodating.
A Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was injured Thursday evening, Jan. 5 by a fleeing suspect in Wabasha County who later was found up a tree with no clothes on, authorities said. The K-9, Ambush, sustained what appeared to be a stab wound in a struggle with the man after he crashed his vehicle and fled into some woods on Wabasha County Road 11 near the Olmsted County line, according to a Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office news release Friday. The suspect, who was bitten by the dog, allegedly continued into the woods and was found clothesless up a tree. The temperature was reportedly below zero at the time of the incident.
With a strong connection to Goodhue County, Three Rivers Community Action focuses on serving citizens — from Head Start in Red Wing, delivering meals to seniors, to Hiawathaland Transit throughout the county. Alongside its many efforts, the nonprofit has helped renovate and build homes in Goodhue as well as develop 90 affordable rental units the agency owns and operates. Three Rivers recently named Jenny Larson the new executive director. Larson anticipates having big shoes to fill after Mike Thorsteinson held the position for more than 30 years.
A new year means a new Goodhue County Board. After the 2016 election, District 5 Commissioner Paul Drotos and District 3 Commissioner Barney Nesseth were welcomed Tuesday to their seats for the first meeting of 2017. Ron Allen, District 1, was voted as the new county board chairman, with Jason Majerus, District 4, voted as vice chairman. The county alternates these positions at the beginning of each year, Allen noted, to give each district a chance to hold the chairmanship. Building codes put in question