Council launches investigation into Red Wing mayor's lobbying job


The Red Wing City Council voted unanimously Monday night to hire an outside investigator to look into the mayor's business dealings since he was hired to run a lobbying group for the silica sand industry, MPR reports.

Mayor Dennis Egan publicly acknowledged his new job as the executive director of the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council and has maintained there's no conflict of interest, but city council members disagree.

Frac sand facilities have popped up in several areas of southeastern Minnesota and has become a contentious issue in Red Wing.

Although there are currently no pending proposals for frac sand facilities in Red Wing, the city has been dealing with truck traffic issues and barge loading of frac sand from city-owned dock.

Council members are also expected to discuss what position Red Wing should take on frac sand issues at the state level.

The Star Tribune reports two council members directly asked Egan to resign or step down from his new position. Egan refused, but said he would recuse himself from city action on sand-mining issues.

Next Up


Fire at Mpls. pizza joint weeks after opening, owners suspect arson

The owners arrived at work Tuesday to find the building on fire.

vaccine, covid

New COVID charts show hospitalization, death rates based on vaccine status

The unvaccinated are far more likely than the fully vaccinated to become hospitalized or die.

Flickr - Superior National Forest Boundary Waters

White House begins process to ban new mining near BWCAW

The stated goal is to protect the "unique natural wonder" of the BWCAW.

Autumn Merrick, Autumn Rose Merrick

Man charged in shootout, crash that killed 18-year-old on scooter

Autumn Rose Merrick was with a friend near the Holiday gas station.

D Quagon - DOC photo

DOC searching for convicted sex offender who has gone on the run

The recently released man removed his GPS monitoring device.

Anthony Edwards

Timberwolves: 5 things you can count on for the 2021-22 season

The Timberwolves hope to return to relevance this season.


With parking ramp roof empty most of time, Chaska adds pickleball courts

The top level isn't often used, so the entities teamed up to meet a growing need for pickleball courts.

Mauno Silpala

Former UN official ID'd as pedestrian killed in Alexandria

The native of Finland retired in 2005 and was living in Golden Valley.


Investigators looking into cause of train derailment in Red Wing

Authorities are unsure what led to the derailment of 19 empty rail cars in Red Wing. No injuries were reported and the Canadian Pacific was able to re-route its freight traffic.

Chief Roger Pohlman

Red Wing police chief fired in controversial City Council vote

Chief Roger Pohlman served in his role for eight years.

Red Wing pastor resigns after prostitution citation

First Presbyterian Church of Red Wing Pastor Gary Elg resigned after he told church officials that he had been charged with soliciting a prostitute in St. Paul. “I have failed you as a pastor and a friend,” Elg said in a letter sent to church members. “I have crossed some serious ethical and moral boundaries.” He was with the church 23 years.