Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.
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Byllesby, Kenyon park plans advance Goodhue County Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to hire Minneapolis-based consulting firm Hoisington Koegler Group to update the county’s Lake Byllesby Park master plan and prepare an initial plan for yet-to-be-named park land near Kenyon. The total fee for the plans is $72,000, which is $3,000 less than what the county had budgeted.
Not even the Great Depression can drag down Red Wing High School’s lively production of “Annie,” running this weekend at the Sheldon Theatre. The student cast delivered a crowd-pleasing opening performance Thursday night, supported with gusto by a pit orchestra and chorus on classic tunes such as “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”
As the divvying up of Prince’s estate plays out in court, experts say the high profile case is a reminder for people to document their final wishes. The 57-year-old Minnesota musician reportedly died without a will, forcing a legal process that could take years to resolve. “Our research has found that most adults are simply unaware of what happens if they die without a will,” according to Marlene Stum, a University of Minnesota Extension family resource management specialist and professor of family social science.
Four Corners Partnership more than doubled its goal of helping 10 multi-unit housing buildings go smoke free last year, according to a recent annual report.
Goodhue County Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to submit an updated solid waste plan for approval by the state, including the goal of drafting an ordinance to require all garbage generated in the county be sent to Red Wing for processing. Approval of the plan and designation ordinance would allow the Bench Street landfill into the state’s Closed Landfill Program, letting the county and city of Red Wing off the hook for potential liabilities. The city meanwhile plans to turn the county’s garbage into refuse-derived fuel for incineration at Xcel Energy’s Red Wing generating station.
KENYON — A proposed solar garden in Wacouta Township got a thumbs-up Tuesday from Goodhue County Board, but the controversial project will have to pass state and federal wetland regulations before installation can begin. Commissioners voted 4-1 to amend the county zoning ordinance to allow permitting of utility scale solar energy systems in shoreland and wetland areas, contrary to a recommendation made by the Planning Advisory Commission last week.
With less than a month to go in the legislative session, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is calling on lawmakers to phase out a statewide commercial property tax that affects businesses from the Twin Cities to Main Street. The state’s $900 million budget surplus provides an opportunity to begin reducing the tax, which is assessed to businesses of all sizes regardless if property is owned or leased, said Jim Pumarlo, the chamber’s communications director.
Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County invites the community to Red Wing Family YMCA Friday May 6 for a celebration of Cinco de Mayo — a holiday many Americans enjoy, though may not understand. “A lot of people think it’s the (Mexican) Independence Day, which it’s not,” said Lucy Richardson, executive director of Hispanic Outreach. Mexican independence is celebrated Sept. 16, whereas May 5 commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
A proposal for a 28-acre solar garden southeast of downtown is being reconsidered after an unfavorable vote Monday night by Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission. The PAC voted down a request by landowner Howard Stenerson to amend the county zoning ordinance to allow utility scale solar energy systems in shoreland and wetland areas. A significant portion of the project would likely fall on wetlands.
When word broke Thursday of the death of famed Minnesota musician Prince, Jeff “Boday” Christensen said it hit him hard. “It was shocking,” said Christensen, a Red Wing native and Twin Cities-area musician who tuned pianos at Prince’s home and Paisley Park Studios from the late-1980s to mid-1990s. “He was a workaholic,” Christensen said of Prince’s songwriting at the Chanhassen, Minnesota, studio. “He was so driven.”