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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WACOUTA — Rather than accept defeat, GreenMark has decided to push Wacouta Township to court by challenging the recent denial of a conditional-use permit for the utility-scale solar project. A summary judgment hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in Goodhue County District Court. GreenMark filed a lawsuit in June against Wacouta Township, stating that the municipality halted the plans to construct a 5 megawatt solar garden within a designated 43-acre wetland.
The annual Guns vs. Hoses event has arrived again and it's time to get ready for softball, fundraising and a whole new list of family friendly events. On Thursday, Aug. 10, Red Wing firefighters and Red Wing police will play ball under the lights for United Way — and of course, bragging rights. The event is $5 with first pitch at 7 p.m. at Athletic Field.
While the summer season may nearing a close, the steamboat schedule has just begun. From the Queen of the Mississippi to the Louisiane, the boats will be here before we know it. In fact, the first arrives Saturday, Aug. 5. Witness the magnificent vessels at Levee Park this season when they dock in Red Wing. Listed below is the current arrival schedule in Red Wing. Queen of the Mississippi Aug. 5 at 10 p.m. Sept. 1 at noon Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. Oct. 13 at noon Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. American Queen Aug. 6 at 11 a.m.
On July 3, everything changed for the O'Shaughnessy family. Jonathan O'Shaughnessy, 24, was killed outside his home in Richfield at 64th St. and Fourth Ave. Police reports state that someone had been shot in what was described as a "drive-by-style shooting." Every Sunday, Jonathan and his mother would go out for breakfast. After enjoying their meal together, they would flip a coin to see who would pay. The person who won didn't pay for the meal in front of them, instead they paid it forward, by choosing someone who they felt needed it most.
With high call volume in the northwest region of Red Wing, but not enough resources in the area, Red Wing Fire Chief Shannon Draper proposed a second fire station to be built for the community to council members. The building will be used for training firefighters, EMS classes, police officers, as well as being open for community classes. "We're required to train hundreds of hours and also for ISO, which determines the homeowner's insurance base," Draper said. "We're losing a lot of points in that system because we don't have an area to train."
Red Wing City Council has continued to move forward with preserving a historic building downtown. The purchase agreement for the property at 621 W. Fourth St. was approved July 24, with the closing date set for Friday, July 28. Following an inspection earlier this month by council members, Public Works staff, building officials and Heritage Preservation Commissioner Kent Tsui, the purchase price for the property has been set at $350,000.
RED WING — After a vehicle fell through the ice and sunk over forty years ago, many had given up on finding the remnants. Without the technology to find it or the resources to acquire it, the search was declared unachievable — until recently.
HOPE Coalition presented the Kids Count Bulb Project, which will take place in October, to Red Wing City Council on July 10. The goal is to bring awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness Month by providing children the opportunity to learn how to nurture through planting. "We are going to start trying to put in or develop new projects, within programs we already have, that we feel have the highest potential to really break generational patterns of abuse, violence and poverty." said Linda Flanders, development coordinator.
Red Wing City Council continues to push forward with preserving a historic building and using it as a homeless shelter. The council meeting Monday, July 10, allowed citizens to provide feedback on the potential purchase of 621 W. Fourth St. Following the approval of the Advisory Planning Commission's findings, the city ensured time Monday for comment. No public hearing had been held until this point.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials and staff met at the Red Wing Public Library Foot Room on Tuesday, June 11 to discuss an upcoming habitat study to improve the ecosystem of the Mississippi River at the head of Lake Pepin. Currently, the area faces a variety of issues including a lack of emergent and submerged aquatic vegetation. Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance, Wisconsin DNR, Audubon, Ducks Unlimited and a variety of other entities advocated for the feasibility study to be conducted in the area.