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Editorial: Hacked!

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Red Wing Ignite got hacked — in a good way.

When the technology group announced it would hold the first Red Hot Hack event to spur ideas, professionals cautioned organizers not to be disappointed if only a couple of people signed up. An enrollment of five would be a success, they were told. Surprise. Try 10 times that many.

That's right: approximately 50 people — some from Red Wing and some from the Twin Cities — came to explore ways that broadband access and applications can make for a better community and better local economy.

In the right setting, people feed off one another's ideas. That certainly seems to be what happened at what could be the first annual Red Hot Hack.

We echo what some participants said Sunday as they wrapped up their weekend: Let's do it again next year.

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