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Editorial: Driving toward better safety

Soaring high: Red Wing Community Education instructors teach about 150 high school students every year how to drive. First comes classroom instruction, then comes behind-the-wheel training.

What people may not realize, however, is that this is just the beginning. In addition, anywhere from 400 to 500 experienced drivers also receive Community Education instruction every year ... through 55 Alive. The class helps them brush up on their skills, learn about new laws and, as a bonus, earn a reduction in their auto insurance premiums.

AARP recently honored Community Education for its exemplary program. That Red Wing won the award in its first year speaks well of the volunteer instructors and the paid staff who oversee it.

Community education is all about lifelong learning. In the case of 55 Alive, the lessons help keep our roads safer.

Soaring high: Red Wing loves its history. This weekend offers people a chance to dive into that history in a new way. Six museums — Aliveo Military Museum, 321 Bush St.; American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum, mezzanine at St. James Hotel, 406 Main St.; Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak St.; Red Wing Marine Museum, 935 Levee Road; Red Wing Pottery Museum, Old West Main and Harrison streets; Red Wing Shoe Company Museum, 315 Main St. — have opened their doors free of charge for the first Red Wing Museum Crawl. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The crawl is built around Phil Revoir’s photo collection, which is divided between the six locations.

On behalf of the community, we thank the anonymous donor who spent an undisclosed sum to ensure that these photos — some that Revoir took and the many historic images he restored — remain in Red Wing and are now public property.

Perhaps equally important is that this tremendous gift has brought these six entities together in a new way that benefits everyone who loves history.

Get ready to fly: Too many public offices have only a single candidate at this point, but would-be public servants still have two more days to file. We hope people who are contemplating a run for office decide to go ahead.

Democracy is all about being free — and being free to choose who represents us. The fewer the choices, the less likely people are to vote. Voter apathy in turn weakens our republic.

So help end the cycle. Head to your City Hall or the Goodhue County Government Center and file for office. The more the merrier. Wouldn’t a local primary election be great?