Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003.
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How much longer until Chrismas? Stories, songs and an early visit with Santa this Saturday may make the countdown a little more bearable. That's the idea behind this month's Book Adventures for Children at Best of Times Bookstore & Café. Christmas is an exciting time but sometimes it can become a little too exciting too early for the younger family members, according to Denise Alt. Take the edge off Saturday, when activities will start at 10 a.m.
Not many great-grandparents can boast they opened the skiing season with a family member from each successive generation. Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Resort owner and President Leigh Nelson is traditionally the first skier on the chairlift and down the hill for opening day, which was the Friday after Thanksgiving this year. The 47-year-old tradition had a new twist this year: For the first time four generations made the run.
Red Wing Downtown Main Street will shift the shopping season into full gear with Ho Ho Hometown Holidays immediately following Friday's Holiday Stroll. The 2011 promotion will run through Dec. 31 and feature more than $2,300 in prizes and gift certificates, organizers said. There will be daily drawings starting Monday Nov. 28. "We're giving away eight or nine gift certificates a day.
The official record for the Oct. 20 fatal house fire reads: cause undetermined. But state and local fire marshals know either careless smoking or an electrical problem is to blame. The lack of a definitive answer doesn't surprise Terry Duncan of Central States Fire Investigation. After all, the cause of 25 percent of the nation's fires is undetermined. What does surprise him is that Red Wing Fire Department could contain the fire and then narrow down the list of causes to just two.
Lake City chamber of Commerce will launch "Shop at Home for the Holidays" Saturday Nov. 19 to promote citywide holiday events and the benefits of shopping locally. "Our message to holiday shoppers is that our members offer wonderful stores and experiences in the community and that where buyers spend their money matters," said Mary Huselid, Lake City Chamber of Commerce executive director. The campaign will run through Dec. 10. Special activities will include: Nov. 19 -- Santa parade at noon on Washington and Franklin streets. Nov. 26 - Small Business Saturday.
Red Wing Family YMCA kicked off its 2011 annual campaign this week, setting a goal to raise $175,000 by Dec. 31. Seventy-five percent of those funds will help ensure access for people who couldn't otherwise afford a Y membership, campaign leaders said. "The scholarship need continues as the squeeze grows for families," said Mike Melstad, executive director. Of the 730 children who attended Camp Pepin last summer, 130 received scholarships, he said.
The community has been buzzing about the possibilities since Thursday's news that Fairview Red Wing Health Services may become part of Mayo Clinic Health System. Fairview Red Wing, Mayo and Fairview Health Services announced they have agreed to begin a comprehensive evaluation of whether a formal relationship between Mayo Clinic Health System and Red Wing is both feasible and what's best for meeting the region's health needs. A decision could come in 2012.
Hallstrom Florist will use the inaugural First Friday to launch the downtown shop's new gallery space dedicated to master crayon artist Don Marco. This week will be the first time Downtown Main Street member businesses stay open until at least 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month, thus the name. The promotion then will take place the first week of each month indefinitely in hopes of reviving an old small-town tradition of family shopping nights.
Automated Equipment was a featured business in Enterprise Minnesota's September edition. The magazine put the spotlight on the Red Wing company's commercial trash compactor, which hit the market in 2010, and a new refrigerated candy dispenser, which is slated for release this autumn. The magazine noted that Automated Equipment's compactor was a seemingly big departure from the established niche of refrigeration, dispensing and portion-control products. The compactor reduces trash at a 20:1 ratio, and that reduces trips to the Dumpster and cuts trash collection expenses.
Red Wing Shoe Co. President David Murphy has joined the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board. He becomes the most recent Red Wing business community member elected a state director. Others have included former Shoe President Joe Goggin, former Republican Eagle Editors Phil Duff and Jim Pumarlo, as well as Lawton Cain, who was once with Central Research. Murphy was seated in August and his term is 2011-12. The volunteer board represents businesses of all types and sizes across Minnesota.