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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.
Great pitching, stellar performances and high emotions carried the Red Wing Aces to the victory every step of the way in the Dewey Tauer Tournament. The team posted back-to-back 5-4 wins coming off Friday's 13-3 trouncing of New Richmond. On Saturday, Red Wing defeated Austin in the 11th inning following a rain delay after the 10th.
A Red Wing funeral prearrangement specialist was Funeral Directors Life Insurance Co.'s top performing sales professional in 2010. Betsy Paida Mahn with Laker Planning also was inducted into company's Million Dollar Club this spring. She has spent 13 years helping people plan ahead for funeral expenses. The most important part for me in all of this is the families I meet every day," she said.
The second in the Republican Eagle's summer series "Keepin' it local" appears in the June 15 edition. We started with Goodhue last week, cruised down Highway 58 to Pine Island and eventually intend to visit most villages and towns in our coverage area by Labor Day Weekend. Some weeks -- including this one, when we'll write about Miesville in the weekend edition -- we'll feature two locales. The impetus for this year's theme was threefold: 1. The U.S. Census Bureau reported preliminary 2010 census results for area communities this spring.
George Gorman, a man who loved politics, his community, his church and foremost, his family, died Sunday. He was 90, and he had spent 70 of those years campaigning - not for himself but for his principles and the candidates who reflected those ideals. A soft-spoken grocer from Goodhue, he became a behind-the-scenes force in Minnesota politics, friends and colleagues recalled. Gorman was never the one to tell that he was friend and adviser to some big names in Minnesota politics -- Hubert H.
A passerby pulled a Rochester man from the Mississippi River near Levee Park on Saturday afternoon. Oscar Haddorff, 56, was pulled from the water and Red Wing Ambulance took him to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center. The 911 call came around 1:35 p.m., according to Red Wing Fire Department Capt. Scott Will. "We got there and he was already out of the water," Will said.
St. Brigid's at Hi-Park has a new director of nursing. Kathleen "Kass" Bailey of Wabasha assumed her new duties May 2. Bailey had been director of nursing at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester for three years. Her experience includes work as a clinical manager for Wabasha Clinic and Lake City Medical Center, both members of the Mayo Health System. "I have been in the long-term care industry for 33 years and I have a passion for what I do," Bailey said. Bailey has nursing degrees from Rochester Community College and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical.
Capital Safety brought its global sales meeting to Red Wing this week. The local plant, which is home to the DBI-SALA and PROTECTA brands of fall-protection equipment, is playing host to "Drive to New Heights." The conference runs Sunday through Thursday at the plant as well as Treasure Island Resort & Casino. "The meeting will bring more than 200 attendees from 20 countries to our area," spokesperson Jenna Bennett said. Officials noted that the meeting comes on the heels of a record fiscal year, which closed March 31.