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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Red Wing City Council met Wednesday evening to discuss the details of a request for proposal to decide what to do with Mississippi National Golf Links. Council members largely agreed to move ahead with the process, but many of the specifics are still up for debate. The workshop, a follow-up to plans discussed at the July 8 council meeting, was supposed to be a review of a preliminary RFP draft, but staff vacations at Springsted consulting prevented the document from being completed in time, Council President Lisa Bayley said.
The Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission voted not to extend the county's mining moratorium at a meeting Monday night. All that remains is final approval by County Board for the moratorium to automatically expire Sept. 6. The unanimous recommendation came after a nearly two hour public hearing in the Jury Assembly room of the Justice Center, and echoed the recommendation made July 8 by the county's Mining Study Committee.
Workplaces, retail stores, government buildings, bars and restaurants - the list of smoke-free areas in Minnesota encompasses nearly every aspect of life. But there is one place where residents can still smoke with impunity: at home. For homeowners, avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke is as easy as making a rule forbidding smoking inside. For renters - especially those with no other option than subsidized housing - the solution may not be so simple.
When Red Wing Area Seniors Executive Director Nancy Swanson talks about the possibilities for the new Senior Center, the excitement in her voice is unmistakable. "Look at this!" she exclaimed, her words echoing through the cleared out interior of the Pottery Place Annex off Old West Main Street "Think of what we can do here." After 10 years of looking and two building deals that fell through, Red Wing Area Seniors has found its new home. Along with the move to Old West Main Street, the Senior Center also will have a new name: Pier 55.
Review Phoenix Theatre's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," opening this weekend at the Sheldon Theatre, isn't so much a play as it is a celebration. The nearly 75-minute performance barrages the audience with song, dance and whimsy to the point that I almost felt exhausted when leaving the theater. But, after a few minutes of humming the catchy tunes, I had the undeniable urge to see it again.
GOODHUE - U.S. Rep. John Kline toured the dairy farm of Steve and Mary Mathees Friday to see firsthand the damage caused to area fields by the long winter and wet spring, while also providing an update on the House farm bill passed Thursday
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CANNON FALLS -- Construction of a $14 million interchange at Highway 52 and County Road 24 got under way with a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, bringing the corridor one step closer to becoming an access-controlled freeway from the Twin Cities to Rochester. The project calls for an overpass at County Road 24, as well as upgrades to nearby frontage roads and drainage structures. The plan also includes paths for pedestrians and bicyclists who will no longer be allowed on Highway 52 once the interchange is complete.
Red Wing's Veterans for Peace chapter will host its 11th Peacestock gathering Saturday July 13 at Windbeam Farm in Hager City. The event will feature three nationally renowned authors, including University of St. Thomas professor and 2008 U.S. Senate hopeful Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. Nelson-Pallmeyer will discuss the economic impact of war, including his work with the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project, a nonpartisan grassroots effort to shift spending on the military to local government and social services.
Goodhue County Board briefs for the July 1, 2013, meeting.