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Red Wing High School junior Danae Pasch creates a fire tornado as part of a series of science experiments performed for first-graders during Earth Day. High school science teacher Jeff Chalmers said the experiments were culled from years of science-related magic shows he has performed for elementary students.

Earth Day event enjoys new life under new instructor

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When Red Wing High School teacher Steve Nelson retired last year, people wondered if the popular Earth Day program he hatched would follow suit.

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Not a chance.

On Friday, hundreds of local first-graders continued the tradition of building bird houses, planting trees and creating streams in joint projects with high school students.

But Chris Sheehan, who took over for Nelson this year as the school's agriculture teacher, had some other things in mind.

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