Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.
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WANAMINGO -- A good reputation is something that has to be earned. For the Wanamingo Fire Department, its reputation was built on a century of service by scores of volunteer firefighters. Founded in 1913, the Wanamingo Fire Department celebrates its 100-year anniversary this year. The department will commemorate the milestone at its annual Benefit Dance Wednesday July 3 at the fire station on Main Street.
Two key local roadways were among 10 recipients of millions in grant funds from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT announced Thursday it has approved a grant request by Goodhue County to help fund an overpass at the crash-prone intersection of Highway 52 and County Road 9. Red Wing also received funding for Highway 61.
Red Wing's Corene Besetzny said she doesn't like to think of herself as a rebel. "I'm one of those people who does things quietly on the sideline," she said.
It was a tough week for New Era Wind and its controversial 78-megawatt wind farm planned for Goodhue County. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted to revoke New Era's certificate of need at a meeting Thursday, less than a week after Xcel Energy filed a lawsuit in district court to end power purchasing agreements with the long-delayed project. The MPUC cited New Era's failure to follow the commission's orders, as well as a lack of confidence in company's ability to build the wind farm, as factors in its unanimous decision.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to revoke New Era’s certificate of need to build a long-delayed 78-megawatt wind farm in Goodhue County. The MPUC cited New Era’s failure...
The sun is out, the fish are biting and the water is fine. It's boating season in the Midwest and all the pieces are coming together for a great time on the lake. Before you gas up the 18-footer and take the family out for a day of fishing, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources remind boaters to bring along the final piece necessary to make the outing complete -- life jackets.
Goodhue County Board briefs for the June 18, 2013, meeting
Goodhue County Board directed staff Tuesday to continue studying building options for a space shortage that has county employees cramped in the Government Center. Staff presented two options for adding office space prior to the board meeting at a Committee of the Whole discussion, and later asked the board for direction on which option the county should pursue. But commissioners agreed further study is required before a decision can be made.
After a contentious 3-2 vote, the Goodhue County Board approved a list of amendments to the county's mining ordinance Tuesday afternoon. The board will consider making additional amendments and the possibility of extending the county's mining moratorium for another year before it expires Sept. 6. The motion was forwarded by Commissioner Ted Seifert and seconded by Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel. Commissioners Ron Allen and Jim Bryant voted against it. "I hope the public understands that we can't keep doing perpetual moratoriums," Rechtzigel said.
A lot has changed in Goodhue County since the 1970s, but there is one thing residents have always been able to rely on: the guidance and support of Father Bruce Peterson. At the end of the month, Peterson, 82, will retire after 43 years as pastor of St. Columbkill, St. Mary and Holy Trinity parishes near Goodhue. "It's just gotten to the point where I have to start to take things slow," Peterson said of his decision to retire.