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 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...
Red Wing City Council adopted the 2016 budget and a 2.46 percent property tax rate increase at a special meeting Monday night. Next year’s levy will be $19,573,426, up approximately $2.4 million from the 2015 levy and in line with the city’s long-term plan for incremental rate increases of 2.5 percent or less for deferred maintenance. The budget includes more than $81 million in total expenditures, with $25.2 million coming from the city general fund largely for culture and recreation, public safety and public works projects.
Shortly after moving from General Mills to Red Wing Shoe Co. in 2001, Dave Murphy said he had an experience that made him realize the wide-reaching legacy of the local brand. While on vacation with his family in Italy, Murphy — then the Shoe’s new president and chief operating officer — discovered their tour guide owned a pair of Red Wing 877 work boots. “He wore an 11 1/2. I remember because I sent him a pair,” Murphy said. “We drew his foot and I took it back and sent him a pair.”
Goodhue County Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to move ahead with a long-term waste designation requiring all garbage collected in the county be sent to Red Wing for the city’s refuse-derived fuel agreement with Xcel Energy. The city looks to benefit by selling the waste for burning at the utility’s Red Wing generating station, but cities and townships outside the county seat are nervous the 20-year designation could mean exorbitant hauling fees without direct representation or control.
Bryan Moon, a retired airline executive known for his efforts searching for planes shot down overseas, died Nov. 25 in Florida. Moon, 87, formerly of Frontenac and Cannon Falls, founded MIA Hunters with his son, Christopher Moon, in the early-1990s. He led more than two dozen missions to Europe, Japan and remote areas in Papua New Guinea in search of service members missing in action.
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A subcommittee will consider alternatives to a controversial resolution in support of law enforcement rescinded by City Council in October, Red Wing Human Rights Commission decided Thursday night. The commission held a special meeting to gather public input on the resolution that called for funding of police equipment and training programs, as well as supporting expansion of federal hate crimes law to include violence against officers.
Work is underway this week to restore a piece of iconic Red Wing history. The North Star Monument on Old West Main Street is showing signs of deterioration, and the city has hired a local contractor to maintain the brick structure that stands as a memorial to the halcyon days of the clay and stoneware industry. Water leaks have caused “severe efflorescence” or white deposits on the masonry, as well as mortar and brick degradation, according to a Public Works report.
Bernard “Bernie” Melter is remembered as a kind man, personable boss and fervent supporter of Marine Corps and other military veterans. Melter, former Goodhue County Veterans Service officer and Minnesota...