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A proposed reorganization model aimed at streamlining the city’s economic development received council support after a public hearing Monday following a presentation from Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann. The proposed changes would combine the city’s planning and building inspection departments with Red Wing Port Authority to create the Community Development Department.
Red Wing City Council members called for more discussion among stakeholders regarding the possible connection of two roads near a proposed 60-unit apartment complex off Red Wing Avenue. The project developer, Baartman-Keller Properties, proposed extending Red Wing Avenue to connect with Hewitt Boulevard and the River Bluffs Business Park. The extension is estimated to cost just under $400,000. The plans calls for Deer Crest Assisting Living Facility to pay half.
A solar garden will not be planted at the former Central Research Laboratory property. City Council moved Monday to decline a lease and solar easement with Novel Energy Solutions for the city-owned property at the southwest corner of Highways 19 and 61.The proposed lease would have spanned 25 years on six acres with an easement that would prohibit any obstruction of sunlight over the duration of the lease.
Minnesota Senate candidate Mike Goggin, R-Red Wing, bested incumbent Matt Schmit, D-Red Wing, with a 54.24 percent lead in the race for District 21. "It's a shock. You put in all the hard work and effort and it feels good to win this," Goggin said as his party at the Red Wing Golf Club wrapped up in the final hours of election night. "It wasn't for me, it was for the people of District 21. I just want to be their representative at the Capitol, and I want to make it a better place to live in southeastern Minnesota."
Sean Dowse handily won the mayoral vote with 69.43 percent against opponent David Harris, who announced his withdrawal from campaign efforts shortly after the primary election. Both candidates, however, appeared on Tuesday’s ballot. "I am humbled and proud to be elected as a voice for Red Wing," Dowse said.
Incumbent Kim Beise will return to his seat on City Council after winning 69.62 percent of the Ward 1 vote against opponent Thomas Day. Voters elected Beise to the seat as the sole candidate in a special election following Council Member Jason Sebion’s resignation last December.
Jeremiah Parris, a fifth-grader at Twin Bluff Middle School, felt a mixture of emotions while claiming his prize for reaching his reading goals two years ago: nervous because he had to walk up in front of the whole school during an assembly, but excited because he'd won the BMX bike he had his eye on.
The city of Red Wing and Cartegraph Systems Inc. will conduct pavement inspections as part of an ongoing maintenance program 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays from Thursday, Nov. 3, to Friday, Nov. 11. Vehicles marked with the Cartegraph logo and warning lights will drive through all neighborhoods at slow speedings and will make frequent stops.
Goodhue County voters will elect either Democrat Lisa Bayley or Republican Barb Haley to replace incumbent Rep. Tim Kelly, who chose not to run for re-election. The Republican Eagle asked both House candidates to answers six questions. Here were their responses.
More than two weeks after deeming the Affordable Care Act no longer affordable for many Americans, Gov. Mark Dayton announced a plan to offer state and federal aid for Minnesotans who buy individual health insurance policies. His plan would reduce premiums by 25 percent for about 123,000 Minnesotans who don't qualify for federal tax credit offered, he said. Federal aid to by state-subsidized insurance through MinnesotaCare would be available for those who don't qualify for the rebate.