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opinion Red Wing, 55066
Red Wing Minnesota 2760 North Service Drive / P.O. Box 15 55066

People who log on to www.republican-eagle.com Wednesday morning will notice a new look.

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We've been working on the redesign for several months. While we think people will appreciate the wider format and new look, we believe users will find the site's enhanced search capabilities and navigation bar especially helpful.

The search function is my personal favorite for two reasons.

One, users can search using Google right from our homepage. We hope that will compel local readers to make our page their browser's default homepage.

To use the Google search, simply select the "Web" category at the top of our search bar and then enter your inquiry.

Two, the R-E search function uses tag words so readers should have an easier time locating stories of interest from our electronic archive.

People who are unfamiliar with tag words will find them at the bottom of every article. This will give you an idea of how to search for related content.

For example, if you wanted to read about Red Wing City Council's votes on sidewalks, you simply would type the word sidewalk into the search bar.

I encourage readers to play around with this feature. Don't know what to look for? Check out the "top searches" listed under the search bar.

Password needed

A few of our regular online readers may have difficulty accessing our new site.

Those users who remember their login and password can simply enter them. They're set to go.

If users have forgotten their passwords, they can click "login" in the upper left-hand corner, enter an e-mail address in the "reset your password" area and then click on "reset my password."

The site will send a temporary password to the e-mail address listed. That password can be used to log onto the site. The user will then need to choose a new password.

Note: Users also will need to delete old bookmarks or favorites. Enter www.republican-eagle.com again and bookmark the page.

Once you're successfully online, visit our FAQ -- frequently asked questions -- page on the main navigation bar. You should find plenty of answers there.

Still have questions? Visit the blog link at the bottom of the FAQ page. Roger Sievers, who spearheaded our redesign, manages the blog and answer your inquiries.

We anticipate adding features to our new site throughout the summer and fall. That means we want to hear from you, our readers, concerning our new site. You can contact me at annej@republican-eagle.com or Sievers at rsievers@rivertowns.net.

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