Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism.
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Goodhue County employees came out in full force Thursday, Aug. 30 to donate blood in honor of Commissioner Ron Allen. Allen, who is receiving treatments for leukemia, has received 37 blood transfusions this summer. Fellow Commissioner Paul Drotos helped conceive the idea, according to Allen who spoke with the Republican Eagle in the middle of receiving his most recent blood transfusion. Allen said he's "proud" of the county employees who took time out of their schedules to donate blood.
A Goodhue couple has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct. A hearing in the case was held Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Goodhue County District Court Michael and Heather Germain were arrested in April 2017 after an investigation into reports of a juvenile being sexually assaulted and exploited.
A storm hit parts of Red Wing hard on Monday afternoon, causing damage in numerous areas of town and extending to the city airport across the river in Bay City. The National Weather Service announced a tornado warning a little after 5 p.m. Aug. 27, lasting just an hour. The storm traveled quickly, crossing over Cannon Falls and Welch and reaching Red Wing by 5:45 p.m. According to the National Weather Service Twin Cities Twitter account, Red Wing experienced a wind gust of 82 mph.
The owners of Kelly's Tap House Bar and Grill were charged with multiple tax-related felonies by the Goodhue County Attorney's Office, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Kelly Jean Anderson was charged with 10 tax-related felonies and Ricky Duane Anderson was charged with eight tax-related felonies. According to the news release sent on Aug. 29, Kelly Anderson owes more than $187,900 in individual income tax, penalties and interest. The restaurant owes more than $183,800 in sales tax, penalties and interest.
In its fifth year, the Guns vs. Hoses softball game was close one, with the Hoses edging out the guns, 16-14 on Aug. 22. The event is a fundraiser for the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce County's Packing for the Weekend program that distributes weekend meals to students. The game was played at the Red Wing Athletic Field with hundreds in attendance. Recently retired Goodhue County Sheriff Scott McNurlin threw out the ceremonial first pitch, but also managed the Guns in the game.
GOODHUE, Minn.—After a $30 million referendum failed on May 8, the school district will be asking voters to support a new referendum, this time being a $26.9 million option. The Goodhue School Board approved the resolution unanimously at its Aug. 20 meeting after a short presentation by Superintendent Mike Redmond. Redmond, along with Board members Ann Buck, Jerry Stehr and Jerod Thomforde, are members of a Facilities Planning Committee that has been meeting with regularity for two years.
PINE ISLAND — "To subject our town to this negative rhetoric for a number of months isn't the right thing." Mayor Rod Steele had this to say before City Council voted unanimously Monday, Aug. 21, 2018, to rescind a resolution of support for a potential Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ir ICE, facility in the town. The upstairs of City Hall was packed with people showing their support for the project and also those protesting the potential project with signs, including a vehicle sitting outside that said, "No Detention Center in Pine Island."
The solid waste processing agreement between Red Wing and Goodhue County officially has begun. At the Red Wing City Council voted unanimously on Aug. 13. The County Board had already approved the agreement, 3-1 at its July 24 meeting. The agreement will bring all solid waste in the county to Red Wing, resulting in county's landfill to be moved into the state's closed landfill program.
On Aug. 13 a paving project will begin between Zumbro Falls and Lake City on Highway 63, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation news release. The work will be approximately nine miles and motorists will encounter daily lane closures and short traffic delays between Highway 60 in Zumbro Falls to Wabasha County road 78 south of Lake City. Crews will remove a layer of existing payment and replace it with new blacktop, replace several pipe and culverts and install guardrails.
ZUMBROTA, Minn. — Since 1983, Scott McNurlin has been a friendly face in Goodhue County while working for the sheriff's office and spending the last seven years as sheriff. On Aug. 9, McNurlin turned in his badge and retired. At the Goodhue County Board meeting, the board unanimously approved the promotion of Chief Deputy Kris Johnson to replace McNurlin effective immediately until Jan. 6, 2019 when a newly elected sheriff will take over.