Council launches investigation into Red Wing mayor's lobbying job

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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

Zach Parise

Ghosts of Wild's past force split with Sharks

Brent Burns and Ryan Donato thwarted a comeback attempt by the Wild.

Avante Dickerson

Top-ranked recruit Avante Dickerson decommits from Gopher football

The four-star cornerback was the highest-rated recruit in Minnesota's 2021 class.

u.s. district court minnesota - federal court minneapolis

Limits on in-person court activity extended for 45 days

The statewide order extends current limitations through March 15.

D'Angelo Russell / Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves need more from D'Angelo Russell

The Wolves haven't gotten what they expected since making a blockbuster trade.

oct. 20 snow crash

Spinouts, crashes still happening after snow leaves MN roads a mess

The snow storm caused at least 208 crashes this weekend.

1024px-Crock_pot

For The Week: Food tips and tricks to get you through the next 7 days

BMTN's food writer Lindsay Guentzel makes life easier for Minnesotans.

snow, plow

Here's how much snow fell in Saturday's storm in Minnesota

MSP Airport had the highest total as of 7 a.m. Sunday with 5.3 inches.

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 3.17.49 PM

No KAT? No D'Lo? No problem as Timberwolves defeat Pelicans

The Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell, but still picked up a (SCORE) win.

Screen Shot 2021-01-23 at 7.53.44 PM

Spinouts, crashes across Twin Cities as snow gets heavier

There have been multiple incidents across the metro area.

Mason Branstrator

Family, friends raising funds for teen soccer standout with spinal injury

Mason Branstrator of Duluth was injured in a skiing accident.

Related

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.

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.

Mayo Clinic to acquire Fairview hospital in Red Wing

Rochester-based Mayo Clinic and Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services have signed a tentative agreement to transfer control of Red Wing Medical Center. Mayo Clinic Health System hopes to assume operations by July 1. The deal follows months of discussion.