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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.
Although House and Senate candidates for Minnesota's 21st District unanimously named health care as their No. 1 concern, each differs in approach to tackling what some have called a crisis throughout the state. Republican Mike Goggin and Democrat incumbent Matt Schmit, who will square off for Senate District 21, joined House District 21A candidates Lisa Bayley and Barb Haley Thursday for a candidate forum hosted by Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce, Noontime Kiwanis and the Red Wing Rotary.
Keith Nardinger, an insurance agent with Farm Bureau Financial Services in Red Wing, expects about 50 of his clients — mostly farmers — to lose coverage with Blue Cross Blue Shield as the company prepares to withdraw from Minnesota save for its costly Blue Plus Health Maintenance Organization plan. The few companies remaining in the state will cap the number of individual policies they sell and hike up rates — a move Nardinger said will leave thousands of Minnesotans without health insurance coverage.
Red Wing City Council on Monday ordered the improvement and preparation of plans for the Highway 63 river bridge replacement project, which will require reconstructing segments of Main, West Third and Bluff streets. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will lead the project and will host an open house 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. in the Red Wing Public Library Foot Room. City denies Burnside land parcel offer
Red Wing City Council Construction on the Carlson Kiln restoration project will cost an additional $95,131 following a Red Wing City Council's approval of construction bids Monday. Funding for the extra cost will come from the city's General Fund within the proposed 2017 Capital Improvement Plan. The cost difference stems from the city's rejection of the lowest of four bids on the project received in September after deeming it unresponsive.
Voters will choose one of two Red Wing residents for Minnesota Senate District 21, which covers Goodhue, Dodge, Winona and Wabasha Counties. Incumbent Matt Schmit, with the Democratic-Farmor-Labour Party, will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot with Republican opponent Mike Goggin. Sen. Schmit has held the position since defeating opponent John Howe, R-Red Wing, in the 2012 election. Both he and Goggin ran unopposed in this year's primary election. Goggin: Prioritize rural infrastructure Party: Republican Age: 53
Goodhue County Sheriff's Office is investigating a safe the department's dive team located in a holding pond near Wal-Mart Tuesday afternoon. Officers learned of the safe Sunday during a response to a report of a person swimming in the pond. He told officers he was looking for the safe. The department had a planned dive team training exercise this week and decided to look for the safe in the pond. Although divers located the safe, the reason for its disposal in the pond is not yet known.
Noontime Kiwanis, Red Wing Rotary and the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce will partner to host a series of candidate forums in the Mississippi Room of the St. James Hotel from noon to 1:15 p.m. starting Tuesday, Oct. 25.
Jerry Brainard had always dreamed of moving his custom framing business to a storefront downtown. Having operated Backwoods Framing & Engraving with his wife, Luann Brainard, out of their home on Hay Creek Trail for a decade, a new, bigger space with more foot traffic seemed like a natural progression. They were in the midst of preparations to move to their new Third Street location when Jerry died on Aug. 15. Luann Brainard said the loss of her husband pushed her harder to get the project done — "and get it done right."