Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003.
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Red Wing Family YMCA kicked off its 2011 annual campaign this week, setting a goal to raise $175,000 by Dec. 31. Seventy-five percent of those funds will help ensure access for people who couldn't otherwise afford a Y membership, campaign leaders said. "The scholarship need continues as the squeeze grows for families," said Mike Melstad, executive director. Of the 730 children who attended Camp Pepin last summer, 130 received scholarships, he said.
The community has been buzzing about the possibilities since Thursday's news that Fairview Red Wing Health Services may become part of Mayo Clinic Health System. Fairview Red Wing, Mayo and Fairview Health Services announced they have agreed to begin a comprehensive evaluation of whether a formal relationship between Mayo Clinic Health System and Red Wing is both feasible and what's best for meeting the region's health needs. A decision could come in 2012.
Hallstrom Florist will use the inaugural First Friday to launch the downtown shop's new gallery space dedicated to master crayon artist Don Marco. This week will be the first time Downtown Main Street member businesses stay open until at least 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month, thus the name. The promotion then will take place the first week of each month indefinitely in hopes of reviving an old small-town tradition of family shopping nights.
Automated Equipment was a featured business in Enterprise Minnesota's September edition. The magazine put the spotlight on the Red Wing company's commercial trash compactor, which hit the market in 2010, and a new refrigerated candy dispenser, which is slated for release this autumn. The magazine noted that Automated Equipment's compactor was a seemingly big departure from the established niche of refrigeration, dispensing and portion-control products. The compactor reduces trash at a 20:1 ratio, and that reduces trips to the Dumpster and cuts trash collection expenses.
Red Wing Shoe Co. President David Murphy has joined the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board. He becomes the most recent Red Wing business community member elected a state director. Others have included former Shoe President Joe Goggin, former Republican Eagle Editors Phil Duff and Jim Pumarlo, as well as Lawton Cain, who was once with Central Research. Murphy was seated in August and his term is 2011-12. The volunteer board represents businesses of all types and sizes across Minnesota.
BAY CITY - Pierce County had a bumper corn crop in 1910, and Monro Brown put his harvest into storage. Pierce County suffered a drought the next year, and no one -- no one else, that is -- had seed because the harvest was a bust. Brown sold every stored kernel and promptly took a short course at the University of Wisconsin agriculture school. "And we were in the seed business," third-generation owner Charlie Brown said. Monro Brown's son and Charlie Brown's father, Tom, joined the firm in propagating the university's hybrids on the family farm atop the bluffs south of Bay City. Today
Red Wing's Kari Berit has joined a board of the National Good Samaritan Society. The organization and its board members are preparing for an "aging crisis," and Berit, an author and speaker, specializes in reaching out to and caring for senior citizens. According to CQ Researcher, a division of Congressional Quarterly, 78 million Americans will reach the age of retirement over the next 18 years. By 2020, 17 percent of the population will be over the age of 65. "I am looking forward to learning from other members," Berit said in a statement.
CANNON FALLS - Nine-year-old Vanessa Peer asked President Barack Obama the question on seemingly every local resident's mind Monday: Why Cannon Falls? "I had heard that Cannon Falls has some of the smartest, best-looking kids around, and you have confirmed the rumor of the outstanding children of Cannon Falls," the president said to rousing applause. That exchange closed Obama's hour-long appearance in this community of 4,000 residents.
The REaders' Board awarded two Golden Quills for June. Both writers tackled a subject in the public eye and both took a long-term view of the issues they presented, members noted. Peter vonHaaren wrote a relatively neutral letter on silica frac sand mining - something new at the time in the heated debate. His main point is people are too quick to denounce things they fear or don't understand. Readers' Board members rejected the letters original headline -- "Silica sand mining is new devil" -- because they said the letter, while referring to mining, goes much further.
Xcel Energy's customers are conserving more energy than ever, officials report. In 2010, customers took advantage of about 120 programs thereby saving 773 gigawatt-hours of electricity. That's enough to power 95,000 households for a year. The company began measuring efficiency program results in 1992 and since then customers have saved enough electricity to help avoid the need for 13 medium-sized or 250-megawatt power plants. The Red Wing Workforce Center, 1606 W. Third St, is open for business following the state government shutdown. The hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.