Celebrating the 'women who get things done'
Three Red Wing women were honored Wednesday for their service and dedication to the community. Lisa Bayley, Ruth Nerhaugen and Evy Wedde were inducted into the Red Wing Women's Hall of Fame during a luncheon at the St. James Hotel, appropriately held on International Women's Day.
Marcy Doyle, a Women's Network founder, introduced Bayley as the first attorney inducted into the hall of fame.
"From the very beginning, it was apparent to me that Lisa would be a great asset to our community," Doyle said. "Her deep appreciation for our town and the state of Minnesota led her to public service."
Doyle recalled Bayley's earlier career work with Amy Klobuchar in Hennepin County Attorney's Office, before she served as a Red Wing City Council member and council president and a candidate for the state House.
Besides being involved in many local organizations' boards and commissions, Doyle said Bayley generously does pro bono work for those in need.
"Young female attorneys can count on Lisa for mentorship," Doyle said.
Retired Republican Eagle reporter Ruth Nerhaugen was introduced by RE Editor Anne Jacobson.
"Few people know Red Wing the way Ruth Nerhaugen does and fewer people actually put their knowledge to use for greater good and enjoyment," Jacobson said.
Nerhaugen spent more than three decades committed to community journalism, reporting the news and telling people's stories, Jacobson said.
"By giving readers these stories, she gave them a greater opportunity to get involved and steer their community's destiny," Jacobson said. "That's what community journalism is all about."
In her retirement, Nerhaugen volunteers with numerous organizations.
Evy Wedde, who recently left Minnesota State College Southeast after a 39-year career, was honored for her multi-faceted skills brought to that institution.
City of Red Wing information services director Laura Blair read statements from several college staff members, including Tao Peng.
Peng said Wedde is somewhat of a legend in Quzhou, China, a sister city of Red Wing.
"She made such an impact in such a short amount of time, that people in Quzhou still talk about Evy to this day," Peng said in a letter.
Former college President Jim Johnson said he holds Wedde, professionally and personally, in the highest regards.
"Her pleasantness leaves long lasting memories with those who met her for brief moments of time," Johnson said in a statement. "Over her career, Evy has always been an advocate for students, and involved in many state initiatives. She is the type of employee every high performing organization must have to continue to excel."
Both Bayley and Wedde said they were gracious for the recognition and honored to be among great company in the hall of fame. Nerhaugen also said she was delighted with the honor.
"This list of women is full of people who I admire and respect. Some of them are newsmakers, but many are not," Nerhaugen said. "They are women who get things done for other people and for the community. I thank the Women's Network for recognizing the women who get things done."