Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003.
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BAY CITY - Pierce County had a bumper corn crop in 1910, and Monro Brown put his harvest into storage. Pierce County suffered a drought the next year, and no one -- no one else, that is -- had seed because the harvest was a bust. Brown sold every stored kernel and promptly took a short course at the University of Wisconsin agriculture school. "And we were in the seed business," third-generation owner Charlie Brown said. Monro Brown's son and Charlie Brown's father, Tom, joined the firm in propagating the university's hybrids on the family farm atop the bluffs south of Bay City. Today
Red Wing's Kari Berit has joined a board of the National Good Samaritan Society. The organization and its board members are preparing for an "aging crisis," and Berit, an author and speaker, specializes in reaching out to and caring for senior citizens. According to CQ Researcher, a division of Congressional Quarterly, 78 million Americans will reach the age of retirement over the next 18 years. By 2020, 17 percent of the population will be over the age of 65. "I am looking forward to learning from other members," Berit said in a statement.
CANNON FALLS - Nine-year-old Vanessa Peer asked President Barack Obama the question on seemingly every local resident's mind Monday: Why Cannon Falls? "I had heard that Cannon Falls has some of the smartest, best-looking kids around, and you have confirmed the rumor of the outstanding children of Cannon Falls," the president said to rousing applause. That exchange closed Obama's hour-long appearance in this community of 4,000 residents.
The REaders' Board awarded two Golden Quills for June. Both writers tackled a subject in the public eye and both took a long-term view of the issues they presented, members noted. Peter vonHaaren wrote a relatively neutral letter on silica frac sand mining - something new at the time in the heated debate. His main point is people are too quick to denounce things they fear or don't understand. Readers' Board members rejected the letters original headline -- "Silica sand mining is new devil" -- because they said the letter, while referring to mining, goes much further.
Xcel Energy's customers are conserving more energy than ever, officials report. In 2010, customers took advantage of about 120 programs thereby saving 773 gigawatt-hours of electricity. That's enough to power 95,000 households for a year. The company began measuring efficiency program results in 1992 and since then customers have saved enough electricity to help avoid the need for 13 medium-sized or 250-megawatt power plants. The Red Wing Workforce Center, 1606 W. Third St, is open for business following the state government shutdown. The hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The pounding political attacks and the deluge of television ads failed to convince western Wisconsin votes they should oust Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. The veteran lawmaker won Tuesday's recall election by more than 9,800 votes. Harsdorf told RiverTown Newspaper Group that the resounding win was not her victory, but a victory for the many thousands of people who refused to be influenced by the outside special interest groups she claimed financed her opponent, Shelly Moore. "This sends a strong message," Harsdorf said.
Red Wing has sported a high school golf team for years - at least since the 1940s and probably the 1930s, according to Jerry Borgen. "Nobody knows how many or how long," he notes. The 1947 Central High School figured it was about time the players from all those years had a chance to knock the ball around together, and so the Alumni Golf Tournament was born. "I thought, 'When should we have this? When would kids probably be back in town anyway?" River City Days," he said. He uses the term "kids" loosely: Some of the people signed are in their 40s and 50s.
You strapped your child in and you're ready to hit the road -- or are you? Everyone knows Minnesota and Wisconsin state laws require motorists to use car seats for infants and children, but the real trick, experts say, is using the proper seat for your child and then correctly using that seat. It's not as easy as you may think. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that three out of every four child restraints are misused. A free car seat clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 10 aims to correct that locally.
Who would think a concrete canoe would stay afloat, let alone that someone would want to build one. Thomas Klevan of Goodhue helped his Minnesota State University, Mankato team finish 17th in the American Society of Civil Engineers' recent national concrete canoe competition. Klevan is the student leader of Mavericks - the only team from Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa that competed in the June 16-18 contest at the University of Evansville, Ind.
The REaders' Board has awarded two Golden Quills for May, and both recipients wrote about the arts. The letter to the editor is about getting involved, board members noted, and the commentary provides well-researched facts. Jillynne Raymond's letter of May 7-8 had four messages: see the high school musical, audition for Phoenix Theatre's summer musical, join the technical crews and make certain to see "The Sound of Music." The responses to the first three messages were terrific, she reports.