LAKE PEPIN -- Wacouta residents Jerry and Jan Nelson and a group of friends feared the worst Sunday evening when they came across an overturned catamaran on Lake Pepin's choppy waters. Even the couple's large ocean-going vessel had been hard to navigate through sustained 40 mph winds and occasional squalls and gusts produced by a storm that quickly moved through the area. Members of a national boating safety club, the Nelsons knew attempting such unforgiving waters during bad weather in a small boat could be potentially deadly. The group - including Wacouta residents Arlin and Marilyn
A Cannon Falls-area vulnerable adult care facility will close March 1 amid allegations the administrator emotionally abused a resident. Goodhue County public health and social services officials began investigating Maple Lodge Administrator Ken Knutson last month after a resident reported alleged abuse to authorities. "The man said he was being emotionally abused and that he was afraid," said Greg Schoener, Goodhue County Social Services director. "That's something we take very seriously." Schoener said the investigation did reveal emotional abuse by Knutson.
Goodhue County Administrator Scott Arneson is a finalist for Ramsey County's top job. Names of the seven candidates for the open county manager position were made public Wednesday. "It's a tremendous opportunity for an individual, and is probably one of the top county positions in the state working directly in our state's capitol," Arneson said Thursday. "I'm honored to be in the finalist group." Patrick O'Connor has been Ramsey County's interim manager since September, when David Twa accepted a position in Contra Costa, Calif. The finalists were selected from a pool of 39 applicants
Up to 39 wind turbines could be spinning across Goodhue and Belle Creek townships as early as next December. Goodhue Wind, LLC.
Regional officials would eventually like to provide passenger rail service between Red Wing and St. Paul. The Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority paid a consultant $150,000 to analyze the possible service. Completed in January, the study was shared with Goodhue County commissioners on Tuesday.
The Cannon Valley Trail was named Minnesota's finest biking spot in 2004. But trail manager Scott Roepke is quick to point out that the 20-mile stretch of blacktop has more to offer than just bicycling. "The scenery -- the valleys, bluffs and the Cannon River -- is all great. There is a wide range of cultural and natural resources," Roepke said. "There's a lot of variety." The trail attracts close to 100,000 people annually. They come on bikes, on foot, on cross-country skis. They come year-round.
Goodhue County authorities have received six more tips since releasing forensic images last month of three babies found dead between 1999 and 2007 in the Mississippi River near Red Wing. "It's not as many tips as we would like," said Capt. Pat Thompson of the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office. "But I'm not saying I'm dissatisfied. "I understand a number of years have passed in some cases," he added.
Authorities on Thursday released forensic images of three infants found dead in 1999, 2003 and 2007 along the Mississippi River in Goodhue County. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created the composite renderings, which represent how the babies might have appeared soon after birth. Forensic artists created the images using photos local authorities took of the babies. "This definitely adds a touch of life to the children," said Capt. Pat Thompson of the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office. "I'm hoping the public's reaction is a positive one.
Bail has been set at $1 million for two 19-year-olds charged with murder in connection with a shooting Sunday in Red Wing. Marvin Todd Griffith and William Jamar Lawton, both of Red Wing, made their first appearance Tuesday in Goodhue County District Court. Goodhue County Attorney Stephen Betcher said Griffith shot and killed 27-year-old Joel Rafael Diaz Albelo while trying to rob him during a drug deal. Lawton, Betcher said, appears to have been an accomplice. Another alleged accomplice, 16-year-old Julian Stephan Smith of Red Wing, also appeared in court Tuesday.
As Kenyon Wind officials gear up for construction of their nine-turbine wind farm, a group of concerned citizens still has faith the project will be stalled and get the scrutiny they say it deserves. Citizens for Environmental Rights and Safety filed a petition this month asking the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its decision allowing Kenyon Wind to operate a wind farm in Kenyon and Cherry Grove townships. "The fat lady hasn't sung yet," said Red Wing attorney Carol Overland, who previously represented CFERS.