Category Archives: Open Meeting Law/ Data Practices

Red Wing Council Meeting 6-13-11 | Voter Initiative

The Red Wing City Attorney has opined that the current Voter Initiative is legally deficient. I’ll address the legal issues later, but for now I’ll say this much; the right of the initiative – often referred to as direct democracy –  is one of the most fundamental rights of self-governance.

Listen to the proceedings below:

Part One

Part Two

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City, citizens at odds over initiative process in Red Wing – Post Bulletin

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City, citizens at odds over initiative process in Red Wing – Post Bulletin.

” How quickly a sale of the Mississippi National Golf Links could take place is what’s at stake with the determination of valid petition signatures in a long simmering dispute of 400-plus acre property.”

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Red Wing’s response to IPAD Advisory Opinion Request

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Here is the City’s response to my request for an advisory opinion on the City’s redaction of data in Associated Bank’s appraisal of MNGL.  “

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Sale of MNGL | Request for Proposal RFP

The city of Red Wing has now released its draft of  a Request For Proposal for the purchase of MNGL.  The City Council will also have for review at its meeting Monday, May 23rd,  a resolution to address amending the budget for capital expenditures for MNGL.

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Republican Eagle | IPAD will take up MNGL Appraisal Issue

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The Republican Eagle | Red Wing Minnesota.

“The city has been invited to explain its position and legal basis for its actions. The information must be submitted to IPAD by June 1. IPAD is expected to issue an opinion by June 28.”

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Red Wing officials told that money from golf course sale would have to go toward bond – Post Bulletin

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Red Wing officials told that money from golf course sale would have to go toward bond – Post Bulletin.

“RED WING — Recent legal advice has created a new twist in the potential sale of Mississippi National Golf Links in Red Wing. The city’s bond lawyer says that any proceeds from the sale of the 36-hole municipal course would have to be used to pay down the remaining revenue bond rather than going into the general fund.”

“Our take is if the city pays off the bond, that is a gift to Wendell Pittenger seeing as how he’s the guarantor on the bond,” said Erik Fridell, co-founder of Save MNGL. “That’s purely a gift to the lease holder. And it hasn’t been explained. That’s a huge deal.” In essence, they claim, Pittenger would buy the course and pay off a bond he was already required to pay with the same money. Save MNGL members previously suggested that the appraisal was short a few million dollars.

Regarding the bank’s appraisal of MNGL: “Kent Laugen, a Red Wing attorney, requested that Minnesota’s Information Policy Analysis Division review the situation weeks ago. IPAD informed City Administrator Kay Kuhlmann on Monday that it would do that. The city has until June 1 to provide a legal explanation for the redactions. IPAD’s advisory opinion is expected to be posted at www.ipad.state.mn.us by the end of June.”

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Red Wing group members urge governor to veto golf course bills – Post Bulletin

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Red Wing group members urge governor to veto golf course bills – Post Bulletin.

“The pending legislation could pave the way for a sale to a private individual, but critics say the process was flawed. Wendell Pittenger, who operates the golf course, has offered the city about $1.2 million for it. Fridell and Kent Laugen, a Red Wing attorney, have sent letters to Dayton seeking his veto.”

“The process isn’t always nice, neat and clean up at the Legislature,” said council member Mike Schultz, who’s on the golf course ad hoc committee. “I don’t think anyone intentionally tried to deceive anybody here.”

Ah, Mr. Schultz, it isn’t the process up at the Legislature that is the problem.

“Some people feel the situation gets at the bigger issue of whether staff members or the city council run the city. Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan was asked that during a mayoral forum April 28. “I don’t know. I’ve only been here six weeks,” said Egan, who won a special election to replace Howe in February.”

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