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Baseball. You play home and away. The Red Wing Royal Ambassador scholarship program had to travel for the 2018 “big game,” thanks to both the Sheldon Theatre and Red Wing High School being under construction this summer. The organization made the most of the situation, however, going with the theme “A League of Their Own” and holding coronation “away” Sunday, Aug. 5, at Cannon Falls High School.
Motorists are expected to experience brief traffic delays on Highway 61 near the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing from 10 p.m. Thursday, July 19, to 6 a.m. Friday as crews move equipment from an adjacent bridge, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. Delays are expected not to exceed 10 minutes during the overnight hours. Flaggers will stop traffic in both directions of Highway 61 while the equipment is being moved from the east side of the highway to the west side of the highway.
Our opinion pages have been overwhelmed by campaigns promoting or taking to task candidates, political parties and referendum measures during past campaign seasons. Many of the letters read like advertisements because they were advertisements. So during the runs up to the Jan. 16 Wisconsin Senate District 10 and the Feb. 12 Minnesota Senate District 54 special elections this year, RiverTown Multimedia papers tested a policy to charge fee for such endorsements. People quickly adjusted and now the policy is in place for the 2018 primary and general elections.
The sewage coming down the Cannon River has dissipated to the point people may again swim in Lake Byllesby. Goodhue County temporarily closed the beach Tuesday, July 3, following the discharge of up to 1 million gallons of sewage that day from the Northfield wastewater treatment facility. The ban was lifted at noon on Friday, July 6. The closure was systematic from the moment Northfield alerted authorities downstream that day and involved Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, Public Works and Land-use Management as well as Dakota County officials.
Red Wing begins its four-day Memorial Day observance at 6 p.m. today, Friday, May 25, 2018 when the Field of Honor opened at Bay Point Park. Between then and Monday's traditional ceremonies there will be breakfasts and luncheons for veterans. The Veterans Memorial Service will begin at 8:15 a.m. Monday at John Rich Park. After the laying of a wreath by Spec. Tarrant Collett, 434th Chemical Co. soldier of the year, and veteran Kathy Asp, there will be a firing squad salute. She is the 2018 woman veteran honoree.
Readers will find the newly launched TVWeek tucked inside today's edition. The full-color special section will appear every Wednesday and include programming for Thursday through Thursday. But TVWeek is more than a listing of what you might watch and when; it has entertainment news plus a word search, crossword and Sudoku. "This gives our readers another reason to buy our products and another benefit," Publisher Neal Ronquist said.
Who is your pit crew? And whose pit crew are you on? Tasha Schuh challenged attendees at the 2018 Women's Leadership Event to answer those questions during this race called life. The Ellsworth native, who uses a wheelchair she calls "my sweet ride," has garnered national recognition on the speaking circuit. Many in the audience of 200-plus knew parts of the local woman's story before her keynote address. While a junior at Ellsworth High School she fell through the Sheldon Theatre stage trap door during a "Wizard of Oz" rehearsal and was paralyzed.
Two high schools attempted to prevent our reporters from covering the March 14 student protests. We expected some pushback, but nevertheless find it disappointing that educators — the people entrusted to teach young people not just the three Rs but the basic rights of U.S. citizenship — should attempt to circumvent the Constitution. Hudson High School and Park High School in Cottage Grove were among those where administrators said such things as "You can't take pictures" and "We don't want this in the paper."
For 82 years, the Behrens family has supplied local industry with parts, keeping economic and vehicle engines running. Effective Thursday, Automotive Parts Headquarters has acquired Behrens Supply Co.'s regional business operations. The 12 employees, the inventory and some fixtures will move to APH's Auto Value Red Wing store at 1416 Old West Main St. When people call Behrens Supply, staff will answer the phone "Auto Value - Behrens." "Our people embraced this as being an optimistic change," third-generation owner Bob Behrens said Tuesday. They were told Monday.
The city of Red Wing announced the first snow emergency of the season, a two-day event starting 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Motorists will need to follow the rules to avoid having vehicles ticketed and towed. From 12:01 a.m. to noon, parking is prohibited on all streets designated as snow emergency routes. This is so crews can clear the streets. The towing risk doesn't end simply because the plow has gone through.