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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.
Bella Casa Design Studio ranks among the top home remodeling professionals, according to HOUZZ Inc. The 2017 Best of HOUZZ distinction comes through an annual survey and analysis of more than 40 million HOUZZ users. HOUZZ is platform for home renovation and design. The site is a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and residential remodeling professionals — from cabinetry or roofing to paint.
Area residents will be among the Americans exercising their First Amendment rights Saturday, both in the Women's March in Washington, D.C., and sister marches in Minnesota. Some locals are already at the nation's capital. Some will leave by car, bus and plane this week. Still more will drive to St. Paul on Saturday.
A Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing provider has earned a distinction only two dozen Minnesota physician assistants have received. Doug Larsen was recently awarded a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
No school today, district after district announced.