Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy.
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Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission unanimously recommended approval Monday, Feb. 13, for a permit request by Circle K Family Farms to build a hog feedlot in Zumbrota Township. The high-profile project attracted dozens of comments during a public hearing prior to the vote.
When it comes to the day-to-day work of law enforcement, one thing is for certain: it is not easy. Deputies and officers face countless physical and mental health risks, from exposure to cold temperatures for a long period of time to traffic dangers and even the risk of losing their life.
During the Feb. 7 Goodhue County Committee of the Whole discussion, Judge Douglas Bailey presented an update on the proposed treatment court resolution that Goodhue County is hoping to implement. After expressing how probation just isn't enough for those dealing with addiction and substance abuse, Bailey noted what the impact of a treatment court would be.
Three months prior to the county information technology director post being vacant, Goodhue County commissioners approved the job offer to John Smith. Based on his experience, his qualifications place him at $100,048. Smith's employment will begin around April this year and $1,500 would be allocated to help him move to Red Wing from Arizona. Two commissioners were able to sit in on one round of interviews, former Commissioner Ted Seifert and Commissioner Brad Anderson.
After leaving Red Wing to study nutrition and feed sales at the University of Minnesota, Alyson (Schwartau) Kloeckner did not anticipate finding a job that would bring her back to her roots. As Goodhue County 4-H program coordinator, Klockner has been able to utilize her new position to share stories from her time as a proud Featherstone Boosters member with local 4-H youths.
When construction started, Patty Butenschoen had a general idea of what was in store for her home. The remodeling of a business property into a residential property is a lengthy process that would take countless hours of work and time out of her everyday schedule. What she didn't anticipate was that during this process, a time capsule hidden between the walls of her home would be revealed.
"All rise." The Honorable Judge Douglas Bayley, dressed head to toe in a black robe, makes an appearance from the corner of the room. He walks toward the front desk while everyone in the court stands. Court 2A in the Goodhue County Justice Center is Bayley's public desk; from listening to criminal and civil cases, to administering weddings and adoptions, his job list is filled to the top with endless tasks. "Sit," Bayley says, "Please, have a seat."
A Goodhue County Sheriff's Office K-9 was stabbed earlier this month after chasing a suspect in Wabasha County. Ambush, the K-9 handled by Goodhue County's Sheriff, Matt Bowron, has reached the final stages of recovery and will be cleared for duty within the next week, the department said. The suspect, Shane Cronin, 27 of Lake City, was bitten by Ambush. Cronin was reported speeding on Jan. 5 and caught fleeing a peace officer. A Wabasha County deputy was also bitten by the K-9 in the altercation and later received stitches.
A Goodhue County Sheriff's Office deputy was injured in an assault Wednesday, Jan. 18, while serving civil papers in Red Wing, court documents state. According to a complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court: Patrol Sgt. Jason Johnson was dispatched to 903 W. Fourth St. to serve papers to Salvatore Thomas Stella, 40. Johnson radioed for assistance shortly after arriving at the house after allegedly being knocked to the floor.
Goodhue County History Center has a new exhibit on display until April 1, "New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration in Minnesota, 1825-1925." The poster exhibit, complimented by a few new artifacts and photographs from the permanent collection, explores early Norwegian settlement and their first 100 years in Minnesota. While a wide variety of immigrants from different backgrounds traveled to this area and experienced their own struggles, "New Land, New Life" focuses on one of the earliest and largest ethnic groups to travel to the Midwest.