Goodhue County

Local leaders question solar program's usefulness to low income families

Mar 6, 2019
Xcel Energy recently announced a new incentive to help low-income individuals and families go solar. That produced mixed reactions from local leaders. According to the Minnesota Commerce Department, members of this program who install a 4-Kw system will “receive an $8,000 upfront payment. With the...

Goodhue County board approves roof, solar projects

Feb 28, 2019
The Goodhue County Board decided to reroof the Public Works building on Pioneer Road in Red Wing. This project was delayed for a couple of years but was budgeted for in the 2019 capital plan. Because the board approved a contractor during the Tuesday, Feb. 19 meeting, the roof will be the first...

Transitions underway in Goodhue County

Feb 20, 2019
One hundred ninety-two is the combined number of years served by department heads or elected officials who have retired or left leadership positions from Goodhue County in the last year. That’s almost two centuries of combined time.   During my 12 years as the Goodhue County administrator, I have...

In Goodhue County, setting goals one disagreement at a time

Jan 24, 2019
Before the Goodhue County Board members delve into the policies, actions, ordinances and arguments that they want to make in 2019, they needed to set goals so Chair Brad Anderson, commissioners and county staff have an idea as to what will be focused on in the coming months. In the event room of...

Goodhue board splits over sheriff salary

Jan 24, 2019
The Goodhue County Board set the salary for Sheriff Marty Kelly at $136,718.40 annually at the Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting. The board had some disagreement over what Kelly should be paid because, previously, the county attorney and the sheriff received the same salary. On Jan. 8, the board set...

Goodhue county weighs waste risks

Jan 17, 2019
Goodhue County and the city of Red Wing have been working for years to create a plan to process all of the county’s waste at the Red Wing Solid Waste Campus and to close the Bench Street Landfill, which the county currently owns and manages. According to the county and city’s public works...

Majerus begins new term on Goodhue County Board

Jan 17, 2019
The Goodhue County Board had three main agenda items for its organizational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8: have Judge Kevin Mark conduct the oath of office for Commissioners Jason Majerus and Brad Anderson — and a ceremonial oath for County Attorney Steve O’Keefe, vote on a new chair and vice chair, and...

Steve in, Steve out

Jan 9, 2019
When reflecting on his career working with County Attorney Steve Betcher, Steve O’Keefe said, “Initially we worked together as typical co-workers until Mr. Betcher became county attorney in 1997. Over the past 20 years, he has progressively given me more and more responsibility, to the point where...

Goodhue County 4-H to present Blackbeard

Jan 2, 2019
Goodhue County 4-H is partnering with Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and the Zumbrota State Theatre to present Blackbeard the Pirate.  An audition will be held on Monday, Jan. 14, beginning at 4:15 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, with rehearsals held Jan. 15-19 at the State...

O'Keefe, Kelly sworn in in Goodhue County

Jan 2, 2019
Goodhue County Attorney-elect Stephen O’Keefe and Sheriff-elect Marty Kelly were sworn in Dec. 28 at the Goodhue County Justice Center, with family, friends and colleagues in attendance. First District Judge Kevin F. Mark officiated, swearing in each man individually. The swearings-in will be...

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