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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Minnesota is quickly reaching the top of the list for student debt. Sitting at fifth in the nation, students graduate college with an average debt load of around $30,000, with the national average at about $24,000. In hopes of helping combat this issue, Dag Knudsen and Deirdre Flesche recently introduced their sustainable agriculture and forestry scholarship, a fund out of Rochester aimed towards helping college students and non-traditional students.
Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated each year Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. to commemorate independence. Red Wing has celebrated the event for seven years and with each year, thanks to Hispanic Outreach, it continues to bring diversity to the community. During the Hispanic Heritage Festival, a Mariachi Band played while visitors were able to enjoy authentic foods from Latin America countries such as Guatemala, Venezuela and Columbia. Once the band wrapped up, dancers with beautiful colored dresses performed, and children started breaking apart a piñata.
Minnesota is actively involved in preparing for this year's election on Nov. 8. With record breaking numbers, voters are ready to cast their ballots on two presidential candidates — Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Alongside federal nominations, Goodhue County also opened early voting for state and local officials, or absentee voting, on Sep. 23rd.
Goodhue County Board candidate Paul Drotos is challenging incumbent Ted Seifert. This is a rematch from 2012, when Drotos lost by roughly a hundred votes in District 5, which includes the eastern half of Red Wing and all of Wacouta Township. Commissioner Ron Allen will be unopposed in District 1, which comprises western Red Wing and Welch Township. See his responses here .
Goodhue County Commissioner Ron Allen is running unopposed this fall in District 1, which comprises western Red Wing and Welch Township. County Board candidates were asked to detail the top issues in the county and their district, and what they will do to address them. District 3 candidates’ replies can be found here .
After over 70 years of business ties with the Izaak Walton League, the Red Wing Conservation Club and Rental Facility announced a re-grand opening earlier this month to celebrate the newly renamed building.
In the fall general election this November, Goodhue County Board candidates Byron "Barney" Nesseth and Todd Angelstad will go against each other for the county's 3rd District. The winning candidate will represent townships of Warsaw, Holden, Wanamingo, Kenyon, Cherry Grove, Roscoe, Pine Island and the cities of Dennison, Wanamingo, Kenyon and Pine Island. For District 1, commissioner Ron Allen will be running against himself. County Board candidates were asked to elaborate on their goals and what they will bring to the table as the next commissioner.
When strolling downtown Red Wing, it may be evident to some that one thing is missing. To Kate Eiynck, that quintessential piece was a mercantile store. "There's a gap in the market for general merchandise. The folks who live here are very salt-of- the-earth kind of people. I think they get it. They want something that speaks to, I guess maybe the words I'm looking for, are modern heirloom," Eiynck said. Eiynck hopes to have Red Wing Mercantile open by Friday, Oct. 7, and ready for the Fall Festival of the Arts Weekend.
After three attempts, Goodhue County Board tentatively approved the preliminary 2017 budget and levy as presented Tuesday, Sept. 20 — thanks to a swing vote by Commissioner Jason Majerus. Majerus agreed to support the 7.61 percent preliminary levy increase proposed by county staff but cautioned that he will not vote for it when it comes time to finalize the levy in December. The board can set a lower levy than the preliminary amount, but it cannot go higher.
Cannon Valley Trail was closed Friday, Sept. 23, due to recent storms and heavy rainfall. The trail will reopen once flood water recedes. The trail is closed from Welch to Red Wing. The trail in Cannon Fall also was closed; the trail can be accessed off of Cannon River Avenue near the softball fields. For updates and more information, visit www.cannonvalleytrail.com