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Community growth and how Xcel Energy -- with its multi-billion footprint in the region -- plays a role in that growth was the theme of the utility's annual Red Wing breakfast Wednesday. "We know we can only be as strong as our partner communities," said Judy Poferl, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co., an Xcel Energy company. Her opening remarks served as an annual report. She provided financial details and feel-good messages. Xcel has three facilities in Red Wing and had a $65 million payroll last year.
Fairview Red Wing Health Services will become Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing as of July 1. Thursday's announcement ended months of speculation as the community awaited word on negotiations between Fairview Red Wing, Fairview Health System and Mayo Clinic. Officials signed the agreement that morning, told staff in person and via videosteaming around noon, and then made a public announcement shortly after 1 p.m. The official statement described the agreement as tentative, because the parties must finalize details in the coming weeks.
A man drove his vehicle straight off Sorin's Bluff Friday evening and survived. The unidentified driver, who police said they don't believe is a local resident, was taken by Red Wing Ambulance to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center for evaluation. "It doesn't look like he has much injury," police supervisor Marty Kelly said. The incident began when three teens noticed a car on the disc golf course atop Memorial Park. They called non-emergency dispatch at 7:54 p.m. and reported someone was driving erratically.
If Faith in Action were a film, when the credits rolled there would be 239 stars. Those are the volunteers who deliver the nonprofit agency's services. And many of those volunteers aren't the well-known drivers who take people to church, on errands or to medical appointments. An equal number of people provide caregiver support, provide respite services, deliver library books through Book-House-Call or offer simple friendship, Executive Director Lee Neste said. The inaugural movie night fundraiser featured "Driving Miss Daisy," a natural fit, since drivers log 24,000 miles each year.
The region has many top employers, and the best in 2012 included four local firms, according to the Workforce Development Inc. The non-profit agency held its "Best Places to Work" award ceremony April 26. Commercial Water Distributing in Zumbrota and RMX Manufacturing in Lake City won in the small employer category. This is for firms with 75 or fewer employees. The Bergquist Co. in Cannon Falls and Hearth & Home Technologies in Lake City won in the large employer category.
Chad Hoopes plays in the world's great concert halls. The young master violinist also can be found playing in private villas across Europe. He's a rising international classical music superstar who's in demand. On Friday, Hoopes' backdrop will be Barn Bluff as he serenades Red Wing for free. The 18-year-old will play at 12:05 p.m.
The Studio Ramble traditionally arrived as trees started to turn red, orange and yellow. This year, the event comes as the trees bud and the lilacs and bulbs bloom. Organizers invite people to experience art, music, chocolate and wine in the beautiful green Mississippi River valley. "We felt that it would be more exciting to be at the beginning of the art season rather than at the end," Maggie Paynter said. She is one of the participating artists. The ramble will be April 28-29. Artists will open their studios from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Two people contracted cryptosporidiosis and more than a dozen others got sick after attending a local petting zoo March 31, state health officials said. The Minnesota Department of Health issued an alert to health care providers Wednesday afternoon after laboratory tests confirmed two people picked up the parasite, which causes severe watery diarrhea. The Humane Society of Goodhue County had a one-day petting zoo and photo shoot at its shelter on Bench Street.
Cannon River Watershed recently shared honors with two state lawmakers, a county commissioner and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The watershed won one of Trust for Public Land's annual Conservation Leadership Awards. The Partnership was recognized for its dedication to improving the Cannon River.
What a difference a year makes, state Rep. Tim Kelly told Red Wing service club and chamber members Thursday. Last year, lawmakers and the governor came to loggerheads over the two-year budget that led to a government shutdown. With a couple weeks to go in the 2012 legislative session, the state's financial situation has improved to the point that there's a growing surplus. He said that is because scaled-back government spending is working.