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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During closed session, Goodhue County Board weighed its options with the property at 621 W. Fourth St. and ultimately chose to go back to the drawing board. County Attorney Steve Betcher quickly stated that commissioners had discussed the options Tuesday night for the property but decided it was in the county's best interest not to go forward with any sort of purchase. The county had stated it would use the building for parking and potential long-term expansion in the area.
When talks of redefining the building at 621 W. Fourth St. started, it raised a lot of questions. Both the city and county have been looking into purchasing the property with differing ideas for it's future. While city officials have put any purchase on hold, one part is clear: Bremseth Dental is not going anywhere. "I always planned on continuing practicing here," said Dr. Craig Bremseth, owner of the building. "The agreement that I looked for was them allowing me to run my dental office. It wasn't ever intended to be an immediate turnaround into another building."
Questions for Red Wing The Morris Leatherman Company has completed the process to finalize a survey for a random sample of residents in Red Wing. City Council members voted to approve the finalized list of questions Aug. 28, after revisions were made following previous meetings. During the Aug. 14 council meeting, staff had recommended revisions that would ask more questions focused on the Red Wing 2040 action teams, with special attention given to Sustainability and Arts & Culture.
Prescott community members met earlier this week to discuss the upcoming work on the St. Croix River/Highway 10 bridge linking Prescott to Point Douglas, Minn. Minnesota Department of Transportation and Wisconsin Department of Transportation both share ownership of the bridge, with both entities splitting the costs on repairs. "The surprising thing is, it's actually in pretty good shape," said Matthew Pfeifer, northwest region project manager of Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Almost 140 golfers showed up to help raise money for United Way earlier this month at the Mississippi National Golf Links. Local businesses, volunteers and Xcel Energy staff at the Prairie Island nuclear plant gathered to play golf and raise more than $26,000 for United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties and the United Way of Hastings. In the past, volunteers have helped set up a variety of themes, from a U.S. theme to summer olympics. This year, golfers and volunteers raised money with a new music theme.
A Rochester man involved in a Goodhue County fatality on Highway 52 faces charges of vehicular homicide. Jesse Jerold Juaire, 27, also is charged with driving while impaired in the fourth-degree and driving after license cancellation. If convicted of felony vehicular homicide, he faces 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine. According to a criminal complaint: Minnesota State Patrol responded to a vehicle accident at Highway 52 and 165th Avenue 4:47 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18. A 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was seen rolled over at the location.
Goodhue County commissioners discussed shifting three main items from the almost $62 million preliminary 2018 budget; a third bailiff position, Public Works roof and the Wanamingo landfill closure during the budget workshop Wednesday, Aug. 16. With these items on the chopping block, the preliminary budget would decrease from where it rests now at $61,974,149 to $61,056,149.
Minnesota State Patrol will be upping its DWI enforcement for the Labor Day holiday starting Friday, Aug. 18. More than 300 law enforcement agencies, including police, sheriff and State Patrol, will be working hard to stop DWIs. In the last five years, 16 percent of all fatal crashes were drunk driving-related during the Labor Day holiday, making it the sixth deadliest major holiday on Minnesota roads. Each year, more than 25,000 arrests are made, meaning three DWI arrests are given per hour.
Following the discovery of potential encroachment issues, Red Wing City Council members voted to cancel the purchase agreement for a building in the historic district. The 160-year-old building at 621 W. Fourth St., currently owned by Bremseth Family Dental, recently gained attention when the city talked of turning the location into a homeless shelter and Goodhue County wanted the property for future expansion and/or parking.
Visiting from Ikata, Red Wing's Japanese sister city, six students and two chaperones have embarked on a journey around Red Wing. The experience has brought light to a new culture. "He's surprised how kind everyone is and how they are helpful in so many ways," said Maggie Thorpe, translator and coordinator for international relations on behalf of chaperone Kazuhiro Hayami.