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Red Wing mayor announces his resignation

RED WING - Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan will resign by April 1.

He made his decision public today, 12 days after the Red Wing City Council

voted to have an independent investigator look into Egan's involvement with

the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council.

Egan has maintained that there was no conflict of interest in holding both

positions. The public conflict, however, proved another matter.

He reiterated Friday that he's pleased city attorney Jay Squires issued an

opinion that no legal conflict of interest exists at this time.

"Yet, I believe that a mayor must live to a higher standard than just

avoiding conflicts of interest," Egan said. "The position of

mayor is one of public service and, if a mayor's activities serve as a

distraction or roadblock for the city, the public is not well-served. The

last few weeks have demonstrated that my new position can serve as a

distraction to the city and my family."