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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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.”
Goodhue County commissioners got a preview Tuesday of a new solid waste plan before it comes to them for approval. “I want to have a discussion to see if everybody’s comfortable with it, to see if we want to go in a slightly different direction before we write the final version,” Public Works Director Greg Isakson said at a Committee of the Whole presentation. The biggest change in the long-gestating plan is a waste designation ordinance, he said.
After crunching the numbers for solar energy, Sargent’s Nursery owner David Lewis said a recently installed 17-kilowatt system was a “no-brainer.” Lewis said he has been interested in solar since an energy audit was conducted on the property more than a decade ago, but at the time it would not have been worth it from a business standpoint. A new analysis by Hastings, Minnesota,-based Sundance Energy Solutions changed his mind.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Ky Michaelson has a reputation for speed, from a career in the Hollywood stunt industry to leading the first amateur team to put a rocket into space. Not bad for a ninth-grade dropout with dyslexia. Known widely by the nickname Rocketman, the 77-year-old Bloomington resident traces his roots to the Red Wing and Zumbrota areas in southeastern Minnesota, and a family history of inventors and entrepreneurs.
It was the Potter Street intersection — not Plum Street — that was closed last week, the result of a revision made shortly after the April 5 public update meeting...