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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.
The competition is the frosting on the cake this weekend. The 90th annual Upper Midwest Bakers Convention comes to Treasure Island Resort & Casino. People can watch decorators from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin compete from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Their finished products will on site until 11:45 a.m. Sunday. "There will be lots of awesome cakes on display for the public to see both days.
The Republican Eagle REaders' Board, like the news, changes continually, and six people have signed up for a 12-month term to help us improve. Muriel Henderson returns for a second term. She first served April 2005 to March 2006. "I enjoyed it so much I'm back for more," the retired teacher said. "And a lot of things have happened in journalism since then." Gary Iocco also is on his second term. He served in 2008. "It's always interesting listening to the give and take in this room," he told fellow board members last month. Paul Irwin presents two demographics.
Contaminated water is among the biggest risks in Haiti following the earthquake last month. The local Culligan dealer is participating in a corporate assistance effort. "Culligan of Red Wing is a member of the Culligan Dealers Association of North Amercia. We as a group often contribute time and money to help provide safe drinking water to people in need when a tragic event occurs," Glen Craven said. Culligan had more than 250,000 bottles of drinking water flown to Haiti within days of the quake. Last week, the company sent three high tech self-contained water purification systems.
We unveiled a new feature, Photo of the Day, on our Web site this week. While we anticipate that R-E staff members will take most of the photos - at least initially - we hope readers will snap pictures when they see something interesting or newsworthy and send them our way. We'll incorporate Photo of the Day into our print edition as well. We anticipate choosing a photo of the week or the month from our Web site and publishing it next to the weather chart on page. 2. People will find Photo of the Day weekdays on our homepage at www.republican-eagle.com .
Hearth & Home Technologies recently transferred its gas production lines to Lake City. The firm will celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18. "This expansion has already begun benefiting Hearth & Home Technologies and the Lake City community through increased employment opportunities, tax revenues, and economic development in the form of future growth and continued contributions back to the community," Community Relations Manager Heather Hauser said. The plant has more than 275 employees who reside in communities throughout the region.
Prairie Island nuclear plant officials have located two radioactive tools missing since December, but in the process discovered that another related device is unaccounted for, Xcel Energy officials said Friday. The plant's annual inventory identified six missing low-level radioactive tools and devices.
FYI: Neighbors' Corner has a new home in the Republican Eagle. In the past, we published photos from our readers once every couple weeks. Sometimes a month might go by between "corners." Under our twice-weekly publication cycle, we've decided to run these items on our FYI pages.
ESDAILE - Braden Hartl got his priceless baseball two years ago, and he got it for nothing from a stranger he simply knows as Donna. The awe on the 11-year-old's face that Christmas Eve when he saw the famous signature was all the payment she told him she'd ever want. On Christmas Eve this year, Hartl, his three siblings and their parents revved up their Rally Baseball Bat Co.'s lathe and repaid her as best they could: They gave away bats - more than a hundred of them - to any kid 14 and under who wanted one. As a bonus, Minnesota Twins batting coach Joe Vavra helped custom fit each child