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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.
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical has named alumnus Robert Leifeld its new dean of business, information, trade and technology. Leifeld most recently was dean of applied technologies at Northwest Iowa Community College, where he also coordinated the high school relations/technical prep program. Prior to these positions, he taught mechanics, carpentry, math, arboriculture and computer applications. Since graduating from Southeast Technical's aviation maintenance program in 1992, he's earned several additional certifications and degrees.
Work continues on the potential merger of Fairview Red Wing Health Services into the Mayo Clinic Health System, officials said Friday. Nearly five months after announcing they had entered negotiations, the two parties as well as Fairview Health Services continue researching and evaluating if the new relationship would best meet the needs of the region's patients. Due diligence began last fall. "We are nearing the end of that process," Fairview Red Wing officials said in a statement. "At this time, no final decision has been reached.
Red Wing Chevrolet Buick Cadillac now has a local man overseeing new car sales. Scott Hegseth has been promoted to manager of the department. Hegseth, who has been a salesmen at Red Wing Chevrolet for nine years, was born and raised right in Red Wing. "He has the ability to work with people and understands how to fulfill their needs," general manager Brad Banitt said. Being involved in the community is a large part of his life, according to Hegseth.
No one said "a woman's work is never done" at the 2012 Red Wing Women's Hall of Fame induction luncheon Wednesday, but speaker after speaker carried the message. That work is to make the world, starting right here, a better place and to champion women's rights. The inductees were Audrey Bennett, Roseanne Grosso and Linda Thielbar. Bennett Bennett was the first woman president of the Prairie Island Tribal Council. In her 10 years in that role, she also advocated for issues important to all Native Americans.