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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In less than two weeks, citizens will vote to elect a new mayor for the city of Red Wing. The Republican Eagle posed a questionnaire to the six mayoral candidates to help voters better understand their choices before the June 11 special election. In this third installment, the candidates were asked to outline their idea of the mayor's role in city government, and how they would go about appointing members to city boards and commissions. Responses are printed without editing as they were received from the candidates. Dan Bender This is a "weak" mayor system, but with veto power.
GOODHUE -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar toured a local dairy farm Tuesday to hear comments and concerns from farmers and industry groups ahead of a Senate vote on the U.S.
The Red Wing mayoral special election is Tuesday June 11, and voters will have to decide which of the six candidates will help lead the city into the future. In this second installment of a multipart series, the Republican Eagle asked candidates to outline their first months in office and to disclose any conflicts of interest that could affect their role as mayor. Responses are published as they were received from the candidates.
Red, white and blue will adorn the Red Wing riverside Monday for a Memorial Day service to honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave their lives in service of the country. The event begins with a small firing-squad salute a wreath-laying ceremony 8:15 a.m. Monday at John Rich Park, followed by a main service 8:45 a.m. at Bay Point Park. Giving the main address will be Maj. Gen. David J.
Six candidates are vying for the office of mayor at a time when Red Wing faces growing concerns over the budget, economic development and mothballed city programs. With no primary election, voters will have less time than usual to get to know the candidates and learn where they stand on city issues ahead of the June 11 special election. The Republican Eagle posed a questionnaire to the candidates to help voters better understand their choices. Over the next several editions, the Republican Eagle will be publishing the candidates' responses as they were received.
Goodhue County Planning and Advisory Commission met Monday for a public hearing on the county's mining ordinance, voting unanimously to make two additions and send it to County Board for approval. "We had some good comments that were brought up," said Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel at a County Board meeting Tuesday morning. Rechtzigel offered two additions to the ordinance regarding health and environmental impacts of potential frac sand mining in the county. The first requires mine applicants to include a map marking all nearby establishments within a one-mile radius of the proposed dig site,
For Red Wing artist Dawn Zero Erickson, the library has always been a jumping-off point for travels into the imagination. Be it conducting research for a journey abroad or getting lost in an adventure story, Erickson said she enjoys spending time in the library regularly. "It's all about distractions," she said. The library was the inspiration behind Erickson's textile piece "Precious Distractions," which is part of an exhibit celebrating all things literary on display through June 28 at the Red Wing Public Library.
Longtime mayor, author and cherished Kenyon community member John Cole died Thursday night of a massive heart attack, family members said. He was 81 years old. Cole served in Kenyon city government for 16 years as both a City Council member and three-time mayor. He also was an officer for the Veteran of Foreign Wars, involved with Goodhue County American Red Cross and served on the Goodhue County Historical Society board. "Kenyon just won't ever be the same," said Lois Estrem, who knew Cole for more than 40 years and worked with him at the Kenyon Historical Society.
Local conservation group the Zumbro Valley Gobblers will begin planting trees in the Collischan Bottoms on Red Wing's west side near the Cannon Valley Trail Saturday, and volunteers are needed. The Gobblers are looking for volunteers to help plant 650 swamp white oaks as part of a reforestation project to replace trees logged away two years ago, according to Gobblers committee member Warren Robertson. Volunteers will meet 8 a.m. at a parking area set up at the end of Pepin Avenue off of Highway 61 and Cannon River Avenue.
Dredging waterways is a dirty, expensive and altogether laborious job, but eventually it needs to get done. "We had to do it to make it better for boaters," said Bill Nafe, president of Bill's Bay Marina in Red Wing. "Now we have the deepest and cleanest marina in the area." For nearly two weeks crews worked 10-hour shifts to remove more than 16,000 cubic yards of underwater sediment and debris from Nafe's marina at Colvill Park.