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WCHS open house includes music, picnic

The Wabasha County Historical Society will hold an open house Aug. 25 at Reeds Landing museum. This is a celebration of the museum and the history and people who first settled that area of Minnesota, organizers said.

A potluck picnic starts at 12:30 p.m. Participants should bring a casserole, salad or vegetable and a lawn chair; lemonade, napkins, plates and flatware will be provided. Root beer floats will follow the picnic.

Two of a Kind, the Tim Kriese Duo, will perform at 1:30 p.m.

The event also includes a bean bag contest, photographs in the vintage settings at the museum, view the new, redesigned and expanded exhibits and the chance to lock someone in the Zumbro Falls Jail for 15 minutes for $5.

Composite Squadron holds family night

Red Wing Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol will hold family night at Red Wing Airport hangar #A03 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 22. The Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.

The event will feature food, games, information on membership, aerospace education, orientation flights and more. Visit

Bloodmobile will make local stops

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile is coming to Red Wing and Hager City after Labor Day.

People may donate blood Sept. 5 from 1 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 320 West Ave., Red Wing, and Sept. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wisconsin Industrial Sand, N1464 770th St., Hager City.

September is National Preparedness Month, a time for Americans to prepare for emergencies of all types, including ones requiring blood transfusions. By giving blood through the American Red Cross, donors help ensure an adequate supply is available.

It can take up to three days for donated blood to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so the blood on the shelves is what saves the day when an emergency strikes.

Currently, eligible donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet patient needs. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again.