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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Continuing to explore options for a campground at Lake Byllesby Park, Goodhue County Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to rezone a portion of adjacent county-owned land from urban fringe to commercial recreation use — a move that has some residents worried. A privately run campground would be “inconsistent” with the area’s agricultural and residential character, said Ken Burns, a Stanton Township official and nearby landowner.
Rechtzigel named board chair Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel was voted County Board chair for 2016. He was nominated by Commissioner Brad Anderson with a second by Commissioner Ron Allen. Rechtzigel thanked previous Board Chair Ted Seifert for “leading us during a year when we had our first two new commissioners in 10 years.” Allen also was named vice chair by unanimous ballot.
Prairie Island Indian Community this week mourned the loss of a man remembered for helping reshape the community and lay the foundation for its future. Albert Charles “Sonny” White, Wah...
When Red Wing CARE Clinic was preparing to offer dental services in 2011, Dr. Nancy Bremseth said she wanted to save money by setting up digital X-ray equipment instead of...
People who worked full time in 2015 can expect some additional tax forms next month as new health insurance rules take effect. Employees of applicable large employers — defined under...
People’s eyes seem to light up when Maddie enters a room, but the 8-year-old Golden Retriever isn’t able to see the reactions herself. The registered therapy dog went blind in January 2014 from sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome or SARDS. Despite the disability, Maddie continues to bring comfort to hospice patients through Mayo Clinic Health System’s Caring Canines program, owner Moni Ostberg of Red Wing said.
While the world received updates from the COP21 climate change summit in Paris earlier this month, Aaron Wildenborg was experiencing the historic gathering first hand. The 19-year-old college student and Red Wing High School graduate was part of a delegation from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict that attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where leaders from across the globe met to hash out an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.
Fee hikes OK’d Goodhue County Board voted 3-2 to approve increases to a number of fees for county services, including more expensive building permits. Commissioners discussed several options before settling on a plan that would increase the permit fee for a $150,000 single family dwelling from the current $1,215.30 to $1,678, a 38 percent jump. Commissioner Jason Majerus advocated for a higher fee to cover costs of the county’s building staff in place of levy dollars, but Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel said that tax relief would be miniscule.
Goodhue County Board approved the 2016 budget and property tax levy Tuesday, but not without one last heated exchange on county finances. Next year’s budget is $59,140,390, up about $3.7 million from 2015, with a levy of $28,948,405, an increase of $932,915 or around 3 percent. Both resolutions passed by votes of 3-2. “This has been a very painful process … it really didn’t have to be that way,” Commissioner Brad Anderson said about budget talks stretching back to the Cannon Valley Fair this summer.
A Baldwin, Wisconsin, woman who police say led them on an early morning chase in a stolen vehicle Monday Dec. 7 on Highway 52 is facing 10 charges, including fleeing...