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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.
Red Wing businesses are gearing up for the April 17 Flood Run. Spearheaded by Downtown Main Street, businesses will offer several activities for the thousands of motorcyclists expected to tour Lake Pepin. Activities are planned at Third and Bush streets. They will include a motorcycle contest, children's bike safety sessions and street entertainment. Downtown Main Street continues to seek sponsors for events. For information, contact Shelley Diercks at firstname.lastname@example.org . Downtown Main Street anticipates offering activities again for the Sept.
Treasure Island Resort & Casino took a little gamble last week, bringing together its slot machine vendors and the people who play the games. "This is really about educating people and dispelling myths," Cindy Taube said.
Helicopters will swoop down to assess area powerlines throughout Goodhue County. Over the next three to six weeks, Xcel Energy will conduct a visual inspection of transmission lines. The helicopter flights enable crews to look for defects or loose fittings. They will identify and later repair potential trouble spots. The flight schedule depends upon weather and other factors, but crews will begin in northern Minnesota this week. Lines in southeastern Minnesota near Zumbrota will be patrolled next.
No problem was too big for Arlo "Ole" Jensen. No good idea was unattainable, friends and coworkers recalled as news spread of the former Red Wing Shoe Co. president's death on Monday. He was 82. Whether the project at hand was personal or professional, Jensen gave it his all and assembled a team to ensure success. "His vision was incredible," said Art Kenyon, a former Shoe Co. advertising manager who worked with Jensen. "We were this shoe company in the small town of Red Wing.
When's the last time you looked closely at monthly bill that came across your kitchen table? Plenty of people apparently assume the charges are correct and write a check, Don Martinson learned after his letter regarding city utilities appeared in the Republican Eagle. The former Red Wing School District financial officer figures 45-50 people spoke with him about the letter, which is reprinted below.
ROCHESTER -- Lake City played its way into the Section 1AA finals by executing stellar defense and slowing down the tempo of the game. The Tigers could do neither Thursday against Plainview-Elgin-Millville. Lake City's 2-3 zone stymied opposing offenses the prior three playoff games, but the Bulldogs solved the zone and advanced to the state tournament with a 68-40 victory at Mayo Civic Center Arena. "We had a great run and it was fun when it was going on," Tigers junior Nicholas Bobb said.
Business should be a matter of good taste and good times March 25. The Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce's primary spring event, Tastebuds & Business, is in its fourth year and its first year under President Patty Brown's leadership. The event will again take place at the St. James Hotel and run from 5 to 7 p.m. People will receive a list of food vendors and their specialities upon entering the Summit dining room.
The task: Decorate 13 cakes in eight hours. The goal: Win entry into the Pillsbury National Decorating Contest. The result: Alternate for the big showdown in Las Vegas. Hanisch Bakery's Sarah Olson placed second in Upper Midwest Bakers Convention's Decorating Challenge this weekend at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Bill Hanisch was obviously pleased with his designer's efforts. If the winner from an Edina, Minn., bakery can't go, he'll send Olson. "All of her cakes are on display at the bakery to see," Hanisch said.
REaders' Board dug into some meaty letters at this month's meeting. They nominated six letters for the Golden Quill. Those letters published in January represented the more heated local public debates: wind energy, application of biosolids on farmland, school funding and the need for truly open government. The Golden Quill goes to Richard Reese, whose letter is reprinted below. Board members said that before reading Reese's letter they assumed any wind energy development here would follow the wind farm concept - turbines lined up across a stretch of land.