Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003.
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This region each year makes Memorial Day truly memorable for the right reasons: Local communities hold ceremonies in parks, on the riverbanks and in cemeteries honoring those killed in action and those veterans who have died in the past year. Dedicated volunteers and strong veterans organizations put in significant hours to make these events special, as Christopher Rayner pointed out in his June 9 letter to the editor.
Do your kids like movies, but you wonder if the latest flick is appropriate or worth seeing? Seth may be able to help you. He's 11-year-old movie buff who recently launched a blog on the Red Wing Republican Eagle website. You can find "Seth's Movie Reviews" on our home page under Area Voices. He approached the R-E in June -- with help from his mom -- about sharing his insight on children's flicks. Because he is a minor, we aren't using his surname. Here is a sample of what he has to say: "'The A Team' is a great movie for kids 10+. ...
Former Readers' Board member Kathy Saunders was a bit stunned to learn she'd received a Golden Quill. Her letter of May 8 rose to the top of four other letters nominated for the honor, current board members decided at their June meeting. They appreciated how she brought local attention to a broader issue. The letter was timely, too, coming before high school graduation. She took a personal stand, board members said, and she wrote with genuine concern. Her letter is reprinted below. April was tragic for teen drivers in Minnesota.
The rules have changed for election commentary in the Republican Eagle. Historically we published a couple hundred letters between the September primary and November general elections when we were a daily newspaper. We no longer can handle that volume in print now that we print twice a week. Letters, therefore, must be shorter. During the election season the limit will be 200 words, and even letters under 200 words will be subject to editing.
Arlin Albrecht parlayed a degree in economics and journalism into success in several fields, especially publishing, banking and health care. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will honor the former Republican Eagle publisher Saturday, naming him the distinguished alumnus of the year. "I feel pretty humble about this because I think River Falls has an awful lot of distinguished graduates," Albrecht said. "I'm grateful, of course, but it's an honor a lot of people should share." Those graduates include his wife, Marilyn.
Rather than the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, Red Wing Dog Park Association will cut a leash Sunday when dedicating the latest addition to A.P. Anderson Park. The dog park offers the city's residents their first off-leash site for socializing and exercising pets in a safe environment. The project took nearly three years, association vice president Muff Allen said, but seeing pet owners' early responses to the three-quarter acre site makes all the work worthwhile. "The best part for me is seeing what happens when you're there," Allen said.
Christie Brown likes the idea that "when the earth rolls, UMCOR rocks." UMCOR stands for United Methodist Committee on Relief. First United Methodist Church in Red Wing is gathering kits through May 16 that will help victims of disasters and others in need. "This is an ongoing project," said Brown, who chairs the congregation's Outreach Ministry. "Some of our women knit sweaters. All members of the congregation are included, from Scouts to our most seniors." UMCOR kits provide essential items for disaster survivors.
HAY CREEK -- The state horse trail pass grew out of Laurie Martinson's first trail ride six years ago.
The Faith in Action cookie sale celebrates a dozen years of success this month. Organizers expect to complete orders for 16,800 cookies this weekend, generating at least $3,000 for the ecumenical ministry's various programs. Executive Director Lee Neste said volunteers will take orders Sunday at churches throughout Red Wing.
Plumes of gray smoke rose across the highway from Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical. "Is that a fire?" one student asked another Saturday afternoon. No, it apparently was just someone burning brush. But if it had been a genuine blaze, 368 firefighters were right there to respond. Riverland Community College held its State Fire/EMS/Rescue School Saturday and Sunday at Southeast Tech's Red Wing campus. The "students" came from 100 volunteer and paid fire departments across the region, including Goodhue, Lake City, Kenyon, Red Wing, Wanamingo and Zumbrota.