Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism.
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Whether it's celebrating National Bologna Day or reminding students to be their B.E.S.T., Burnside Today delivers the important news of the day. Burnside Today is a short, two- or three-minute video that students and faculty watch every day during school at Burnside Elementary. Started around 10 years ago by Mike Pagel and Neil Lahammer, the program was used to deliver what was for lunch or tell students and faculty to have a happy birthday, among other things.
Red Wing High School held a ceremony to honor veterans in the community on Nov. 9. Partnered with Minnesota State College Southeast and the Hiawatha Valley Family Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, the high school invited the community and their students to attend the hour long morning ceremony. The All Veterans Color Guard and Civil Air Patrol presented the colors, with the high school and college providing music for attendees. Veterans across every branch of the military were honored, with each being recognized during the ceremony.
Bluff Country Campground has a new owner in the form of the Village of Bay City. The village approved the purchase of the campground back in April, after Village President James Turvaville called it "a good business proposition" after a September board meeting. The village purchased the property from previous owner and Bay City resident Donald Peavey for $300,000, the appraised value of the property according to Turvaville.
With the levy set to expire, Red Wing School District needed to pass a new referendum to secure funding for the years to come and avoid massive cuts. The voters responded Nov. 6, passing both ballot questions, 5,478 votes to 3,601 and 5,134 votes to 3,944. Question one will increase the current operating levy of $811.64 per student to $1,200 per pupil over the next five years. Question two will add an additional $450 per student.
In May, the Goodhue Public School District failed to pass their building referendum, 500-449. Six months later, the district was able to pass a two-question, $29 million revised referendum to help improve the current school, 823-652 for question one and 737-717 for question two. Shortly after the totals were counted on Nov. 6, Superintendent Mike Redmond answered questions from the Republican Eagle, saying the revision and more communication with the public helped get this vote through.
Red Wing School Board will have two new members after Tuesday’s midterm elections. Incumbent Arlen Diercks retained his seat on the board, with former Goodhue County Commissioner Jim Bryant and Red Wing graduate Holly Tauer winning as well. There were three seats up for grabs on the board, including Diercks, the current School Board president. School Board Members Bethany Borgschatz and Steve Anderson decided not to run for re-election.
As Election Day 2018 nears, the Republican-Eagle looks back 30 years to see what were some of the top headlines in Goodhue County. Sheriff, City Council and County Board races show up, and a look back a former Red Wing mayor turned lieutenant governor. 2014
On Nov. 8 and 15, the Red Wing School District will have flu clinics available for students and staff. The Goodhue County Health & Human Services Department will give flu shots and the new FluMist nasal vaccine to students during school. The vaccination will be billed to the child's insurance, with low or no cost to those without insurance. The flu clinics will be open for anyone six months and older.
Immanuel Lutheran Church recently finished a six-month remodel of their church basement, adding community space, classrooms and an elevator to the 150-year-old church. Pastor Lowell Sorenson said the basement, which had a concrete floor before, now has a polyaspartic concrete floor coating and designated spaces for their early-childhood through eighth-grade sunday school classes. Sorenson said they made due with the space they had, but now have much more flexibility for their classrooms and 25 students.
A man charged with breaking into a Cannon Falls Township home with an accomplice, holding the owners at gunpoint and robbing them made his first appearance in court Oct. 31. Aldray Devon Young, 33, of Minneapolis, was being held in Goodhue County jail on $150,000 bond without conditions and $50,000 with conditions after the court appearance. He faces eight felony charges, including first-degree aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary. The alleged accomplice, identified by Goodhue County Sheriff's Office as Terrell Reese Schaeffer, 29, has an warrant out for his arrest.