Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003.
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Awarding a Golden Quill to the writer of a politically charged letter carries the risk that people will think that the REaders' Board endorses a particular point of view. When the board met earlier this month, members discussed several letters. The one by Beth Slocum published April 1, 2017, and reprinted on this page rose to the top. Members said they especially appreciated that the letter issues a call to action. Slocum lives in Vasa Township. She urges people to call state lawmakers and "tell them not to limit the power of citizens, township or local governments."
Treasure Island Resort & Casino's waterpark continues to make a splash and just got bigger with 1,913 square feet of "splashing pool" fun. The Prairie Island Indian Community first broke ground in early 2016 on an $86 million project. The first phases included Lagoon water park and Wave spa. The Lagoon water park already has proven popular beyond expectations, Tribal Council President Shelley Buck recently told the casino's service providers. That led to a major addition, which opened Friday, May 12.
The Ursuline Sisters of Villa Maria have come home. One hundred forty years since their local ministry started, they have been laid to rest where it all started. A blessing of their permanent gravesite will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at St. Mary's of the Lake Cemetery in Lake City. "St. Mary's has given them a corner of their own" in a beautiful setting, said Bonnie Stang of Red Wing, who served six years on the Villa Maria Board of Directors.
Barking by the family dog alerted residents at 1922 Burton St. to a fire shortly before 2 a.m. today, May 6. All escaped without injury, Red Wing Fire Chief Shannon Draper reported. Firefighters reached the home within five minutes of the 1:56 a.m. call that an attached garage was burning. The garage was found engulfed and the blaze extending into the house and attic space. Firefighters immediately started an aggressive interior attack, according to Draper. They took approximately two hours to extinguish the fire.
Three area wineries have been named to Minnesota's top 10 by the Best of Minnesota website. Alexis Bailly Vineyards of Hastings leads the way at No. 1. Founded in the late 1970s, "the granddaddy of Minnesota wineries" as the website calls it, Alexis Bailly stakes claim to being the first commercial winery to grow and use grapes grown in the state. "Although it's been best known for its dessert wines, Bailly's maturing vineyards are now producing grapes that make smooth and complex reds," the judges note.
Business notebook Mayo Clinic Health System has a new position but has filled with with familiar face. Dr. David Agerter has been named to director of Academic Strategy and Development for MCHS. Agerter will work to strengthen medical education and residency opportunities at Mayo-owned clinics and hospitals across the Midwest, including Red Wing, Cannon Falls and Lake City, the health system announced last week. He also will lead efforts to increase and diversify the medical research taking place in the health system.
If you think you're seeing more bald eagles than usual for March 15, you're right. The raptors are migrating back to Minnesota and Wisconsin in large numbers and the first day of spring has yet to arrive, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The spring eagle migration usually coincides with ice-out in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. A warm February melted much of the snow cover and ice is breaking up along the rivers, DNR regional Nongame Wildlife specialist Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer said in a news release.
Beth Giese, superintendent of Cannon Falls Area Schools, has been named a 2017 Administrator of Excellence. The Minnesota Association of School Administrators recognized Giese for her leadership, concern for students and active involvement in professional and community affairs. She and eight superintendents from MASA's other regions will be honored March 9-10 at the organization's spring conference. She was nominated and then selected by her peers. Red Wing Superintendent Karsten Anderson said Giese deserves recognition.
The city of Red Wing declared its second two-day snow emergency today. The snow emergency goes into effect at midnight. Streets must remain clear of vehicles in accordance with the city's snow emergency schedule to avoid ticketing and towing. Streets marked as emergency snow routes must be cleared of vehicles Saturday, Feb. 25, from midnight to noon. Non-snow emergency routes must be clear of parked vehicles from midnight to noon Sunday, Feb. 26.
Red Wing Police Department received a call shortly after 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, that an SUV apparently had gone off Pioneer Road and into Hay Creek. The vehicle was empty when the department arrived. The Honda Pilot had been there for an undetermined amount of time and both front airbags had deployed. A Siewert's Garage driver responded with a standard tow truck. "After the driver arrived on scene and saw the vehicle was on rocks, we decided to bring the rotator," Kyle Siewert said.