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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CANNON FALLS — In coordination with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, Shepherd's Center held the annual "Adventures in Learning" with an honorable mention to Vietnam-era veterans for their sacrifices.
With polling places in Goodhue County opening at 7 a.m., Carolyn Holmsten, finance director, was gearing up in the early hours for a long day ahead. Holmsten drove around the county throughout the day, and with the county's 91.55 percent voter turnout, she ended up having her hands full. Only a few bumps in the road posed a threat along the way. From an 84 percent increase in voting before Election Day, to vote counting machines acting up in the county, Holmsten witnessed only minor issues arise and truly enjoyed the eventful occasion.
Tuesday's election will bring new faces to Goodhue County Board. Paul Drotos will serve as District 5 commissioner and Barney Nesseth will serve District 3, after each candidate battled to the top during his second attempt at the respective office. "I want to thank my family and friends," Drotos said, "especially the voters who have given me this opportunity to serve."
After being in office since 2004, Dan Rechtzigel leaves big shoes to fill as commissioner and current chair for Goodhue County. Todd Angelstad on Tuesday admitted defeat to Nesseth to succeed Rechtzigel. Nesseth ran four years ago against the incumbent who is stepping down. With road repairs and taxes as the focus, Nesseth stated he may have had an edge over Angelstad due to his experience.
Ballots have been counted for each precinct and the results are in. Paul Drotos, running against incumbent Goodhue County Board Commissioner Ted Seifert, took the lead with 2,148 votes. Seifert...
National Geographic recognizes Cannon Valley Trail The Cannon Valley Trail was submitted by Goodhue County Geographic Information Systems staff to be part of the National Geographic's destination Mississippi project. With 12,000 views for the trail already, the website shows visitors places to go, where to stay and things to do along the entire length of the river.
With the last opportunity for Goodhue County Board candidates to discuss their platform before Election Day, Nov. 8, the District 5 candidates, incumbent Ted Seifert and Paul Drotos, as well as District 1 candidate, Ron Allen, gathered for a forum at the St. James Hotel. With various issues on the table Thursday, Nov. 3, Seifert tended to focus on public safety while Drotos emphasized environmental issues.
With final design on the estimated $100 million project to replace the Highway 63 Mississippi River bridge and alter approach roadways wrapping up this year, Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation officials are looking ahead to property acquisition and public outreach.
Delores Morud, the owner of the new Women's Fitness Center in Red Wing, considers her facility, "a gathering place for women's well-being." Located at 2311 Old West Main St., the business aims to provide a community for women to support each other and build relationships. "I see it on a grander scale, not just fitness." Morud said. The grand opening was Tuesday, Oct. 25, with prizes and back massages throughout the first week.
With less than a week until the big night, citizens of Red Wing and Goodhue County are preparing for elections. So far, 28,319 are registered to vote in Goodhue County and 9,483 of those are in Red Wing. Out of those, 2,401 have casted an absentee ballot. For the 2012 election, 2,250 absentee ballots were accepted. Red Wing voters can make their decisions early for absentee voting at either the Goodhue County Government Center, 454 W. Sixth St., or at City Hall, 315 W. Fourth St. Carolyn Holmsten, Goodhue County auditor and treasurer, commented on the increase in voters.