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"Editing a paper is a nice business," Charles K. Blandin once wrote. He was being sarcastic. Still, he believed in the free press and made it his life, leading both small weeklies and a successful metropolitan daily. The son of a Wisconsin farmer, he also was a teacher at one point and eventually a paper company magnate who took his earnings and created the Blandin Foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minn., so his company would contribute to "the community advantage" long after his death in 1958.
Marty Kelly, a Red Wing police officer and candidate for Goodhue County sheriff, was placed on paid administrative leave Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. City Council Administrator Kay Kuhlman said on Monday this is due to allegations raised against him. "We needed to do an investigation, so that's why he's on paid leave," she said. Kelly had a brief statement. "As far as what happened, I don't have a comment because I don't know why I'm placed on leave," he said in a phone call. "They refused to tell me."
Ralph Rauterkus and Becky Norton won their respective special elections Tuesday and will be sworn in Aug. 27. Both also will find themselves in the unusual situation of being short-term incumbents who will need to win re-election Nov. 6. It's complicated. That's politics in Red Wing this year because of three City Council resignations. Rauterkus won from a field of six to replace Dustin Schulenberg, who resigned this spring and the existing term expires January 2019.
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.