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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In late April, the 17-hour bus ride started the journey for a group of 20 representing southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. With a few goals in mind once they arrived, they knew three days would not be enough time. But their message is important. With a new administration, the concern of President Donald Trump's rhetoric and what may come of it these next four years has added stress to the Hispanic community.
Jodi Lewis and her twins Sam and Sydney trained their dog Coco to ring a bell when she needed to go outside. Early morning on May 6, bells were ringing for an entirely different reason. Red Wing firefighters responded to a 2 a.m. call and discovered the home at 1922 Burton St. was in flames. Starting in the garage and extending into the attic space, the fire caused heavy damage to the two-story home. "My daughter and I both got up and Sydney said, 'Mom, the house is full of smoke," Jodi said.
Authorities backed off from a high-speed chase Thursday night that led officers from Red Wing to Lake City. On May 11, Red Wing police, assisted by Wabasha County Sheriff, Goodhue County Sheriff, Lake City police and Minnesota State Patrol, attempted to track down the two suspects who fled southbound on Highway 61. The alleged chase started in Red Wing when officers there chased a gold Chevrolet Malibu at speeds marked around 100 mph, authorities said. Officers in the area responded to assist Red Wing and attempted to pull the vehicle over at Seventh Street and Highway 61.
Goodhue County Justice Center is implementing new measures to keep staff and citizens safer. These steps include new equipment and full-time staffing of the screening devices at the public entrance. "Every day, Goodhue County residents enter our local Justice Center to access their legal system, protect their rights and utilize legal resources," said Goodhue County Court Administrator Chris Channing. "It is so important that the citizens of Goodhue County know that they can access their court system safely and securely."
Residents gathered Wednesday, May 3, to listen and ask questions about the early stages of the Red Wing Bridge Project. Minnesota Department of Transportation, City of Red Wing and Wisconsin Department of Transportation hosted the event and provided an hourlong slideshow overview of what the project's five stages will entail. The new $63.4 million dollar Mississippi River bridge will replace the existing Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge.
With her love for history and education, the new opening at the Goodhue County Historical Society was a perfect fit for Lindsey Rindo. But what really attracted Rindo was Bluffs & Brews, an adult program series that connects residents to cultural and natural history. "I think this demonstrates that this institution is willing to take risks and really engage everyone," Rindo said.
Steven Nelson was told every year on his birthday by his mother, "I know that there's somebody else thinking about you right now." Whether this is true or not, Nelson is determined to find out. On Aug. 4, 1957, Nelson was born in Red Wing. On the adoption papers and birth certificate, the surname reads Johnson. Nelson has paid hundreds of dollars in hopes of finding more than that, but has only uncovered a description of what his birth mother and father might look like.
It's time to pack up those paint products and lithium batteries that have been collecting dust in the garage. Goodhue County household hazardous waste collection is gearing up just in time to help get spring cleaning started. The best way to prepare, Goodhue County solid waste official Willie Root says, is by boxing up items that won't leak; do not use a plastic bag.
The Northfield based Cannon River Watershed Partnership has welcomed a new face as the interim executive director. Kristi Pursell, recently the CRWP's community engagement coordinator for the past two years, is getting ready to have a lot more on her plate. As interim executive director, she will be continuing her previous role while adding on a new list of responsibilities. Pursell's focus will now be to make sure the needs of the organization are always put first.
KENYON — Ever since Corissa Kern was little, she dreamed of making an impact in the world. With a strong love for animals and their habitat, it was clear to her where the money should go. The next step was improving the outreach. With the support of her sister, Cassandra Kern, she had dedicated the past three years to raising money for different rainforests around the world and the animals that call them home.