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Looking back: No-wake zones implemented on Mississippi

25 years ago, 1988

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed Hay Creek farmer John Mohn's barn for historic merit. The barn was built in 1872 and is described as an outstanding example of preservation and continued use of a historic farm building. It is one of five Minnesota barns recognized by the Trust.

Goodhue County will buy the former office headquarters of Red Wing Shoe Co. Only the building is being purchased, the company is donating the land. The building will house the Goodhue/Wabasha Community Health Service, the Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center and possibly Family Planning.

No-wake zones in two areas from the Upper Harbor entrance to the Eisenhower Bridge and from 500 feet above Bill's Bay Marina to 500 feet below Ole Miss Marina at Colvill Park were endorsed by the Red Wing Port Authority. The City Council will be asked to adopt an ordinance restricting boat speeds on those two stretches of the Mississippi.

50 years ago, 1963

Sixty employees of the Red Wing Sewer Pipe Co. threatened to strike this week unless demands contained in a new contract pending since February are met at least in part. Workers are asking for a wage increase, increase in pension fund and a change in the company's seniority plan.

The Red Wing City Council has agreed to discontinue operation of City Hospital upon completion of the expanded St. John's Hospital to be run by a non-profit organization of Lutheran churches.

A near tragedy was avoided when a school bus that was stopped to pick up children on Highway 61 across from the Hi-Way Tavern, the same spot where Red Wing Principal and Mrs. Leo Anderson were killed in April, was almost rearended by a loaded semi-trailer speeding down the hill with lost brakes. The truck driver of the truck, Victor Field managed to maneuver his rig onto the shoulder of the road, clipping a mail box as he edged between the bus and the ditch thus avoiding a tragedy. He finally was able to slow to a stop on the upgrade.

100 years ago, 1913

Alfred Harkcom of Pine Island was arraigned in district court charged with perjury. Harkcom, who is a man of middle age, swore to the age of a young girl as 19 when he secured a license to marry her. The indictment states that Harkcom knew all the time that she was but 16. Harkcom has entered a plea of not guilty.

St. Paulite Ralph Babcock, driver of the car which caused the death of Mrs. Alfred Anderson in Red Wing on Memorial Day was indicted by the grand jury on a charge of manslaughter in the second degree. Babcock could be imprisoned for up to 15 years if found guilty. Babcock's attorney asked for a continuance of the trial until fall but the judge denied the motion.

John H. Rich arrived back in Red Wing from an extended trip abroad. Rich visited Egypt, India, China and Japan among other countries.

Compiled using news articles and Goodhue County History Center records.

This Week in Civil War History

June 7, 1863

Members of Company A, 10th Regiment of the State Militia is ordered to assemble at the corner of Main and Plum streets for the purpose of inspection and drill, required by the State Militia Law.

The law provides that the commanding officer of a company shall parade his company for the purpose of inspecting, examining and taking an exact account of all the equipment of his men. The order further states that failure to appear on parade of any officer, noncommissioned officer, musician or private will be declared disobedient of orders and will be fined and subjected to court martial.

Runaways have become a frequent occurrence lately that it has become unsafe for a person to be upon the street, especially children. Yesterday a team started from Sheldon & Hodgman's warehouse and ran through Main, and down Bush Street, to Bennetts' livery stable, upsetting the wagon and scattering things generally.

It is felt there should be an ordinance providing for the punishment of those who leave teams unhitched, and it should be strictly enforced.

Improvements are being made to businesses and city streets.

Charles Rothacher at the Red Wing Bakery has fitted up his bakery and is now entirely separate from the saloon, so that persons wishing any bread, cakes, pies etc., can make their purchases without being forced to enter through the saloon.

Mr. Enz has erected a hay scale in front of his grocery and provision store on Plum Street. This is the most convenient place in the city, as most of the hay coming into town comes on that street. Improvements are being made on Plum Street near the corner of Fifth, and the break on Bush Street, caused by the rain some time ago, is being repaired and will once more become passable for teams.