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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Red Wing Shoe Co. announced this spring it will be utilizing two new solar gardens for the company's electricity. With one located in Dodge County and the other in Olmsted County, the total savings will equate to almost one-quarter of the company's electricity consumption in the state. Darwin Fox, director of planning and procurement at Red Wing Shoes, has been working on this project for about a year now.
HAGER CITY — Paul Schaefer, author of the debut novel "Riding Shotgun", has lived everywhere from the rainy English countryside to the busy streets of New York City. Often reminiscing about happy memories of visiting his grandparent's farm, Schaefer decided to settle in the Midwest, moving to Wisconsin with his wife after purchasing an abandoned 19th century farm. The retired anthropology professor has a background in writing and noted he's been able to continue to find various outlets to do so.
Tuesday's County Board meeting was met with anticipation by Zumbrota citizens. A controversial conditional-use permit passed by a unanimous 4-0 vote, with Commissioner Jason Majerus withholding his vote and backing out of discussion, due to ties with Circle K family farm. With a crowd of about 20 concerned neighbors to Circle K, Zumbrota citizens hoped commissioners would hear their concerns and hold off on approval for the hog feedlot. The motion passed after a half-hour discussion and the addition of one more condition by Commissioner Brad Anderson.
Solar Stone proposed a conditional-use permit in Florence Township for a 5-megawatt utility scale energy system occupying 31 acres. Goodhue County commissioners were told the solar system will not create offensive odor, fumes, dust, noise or vibration. Innovative Power Systems sought several 1-megawatt solar projects. Stuhr, Webster, Betcher, Huneke, Huneke, Koester and Conzemius are among the seven lots composed of 6-8 acres for a permit. The board approved all the permits. Meeting watch
After spending most of his working life as a self-employed contractor, John Parkes, now executive director at Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity, thought it was time for something different. "It had always been a dream of mine to work for Habitat for Humanity," Parkes said. "It matched my values and my skills." Initially hired as a part-time construction outreach coordinator in October 2014, Parkes moved his way up after the recent executive director retired last March. Now, his time is spent continuing to do the things he loves, but this time for a different reason.
Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission unanimously recommended approval Monday, Feb. 13, for a permit request by Circle K Family Farms to build a hog feedlot in Zumbrota Township. The high-profile project attracted dozens of comments during a public hearing prior to the vote.
When it comes to the day-to-day work of law enforcement, one thing is for certain: it is not easy. Deputies and officers face countless physical and mental health risks, from exposure to cold temperatures for a long period of time to traffic dangers and even the risk of losing their life.
During the Feb. 7 Goodhue County Committee of the Whole discussion, Judge Douglas Bailey presented an update on the proposed treatment court resolution that Goodhue County is hoping to implement. After expressing how probation just isn't enough for those dealing with addiction and substance abuse, Bailey noted what the impact of a treatment court would be.
Three months prior to the county information technology director post being vacant, Goodhue County commissioners approved the job offer to John Smith. Based on his experience, his qualifications place him at $100,048. Smith's employment will begin around April this year and $1,500 would be allocated to help him move to Red Wing from Arizona. Two commissioners were able to sit in on one round of interviews, former Commissioner Ted Seifert and Commissioner Brad Anderson.
After leaving Red Wing to study nutrition and feed sales at the University of Minnesota, Alyson (Schwartau) Kloeckner did not anticipate finding a job that would bring her back to her roots. As Goodhue County 4-H program coordinator, Klockner has been able to utilize her new position to share stories from her time as a proud Featherstone Boosters member with local 4-H youths.