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Dr. Tom Witt soon will turn more of his attention to family practice and hospital integration as he steps aside as CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. In early February, Dr. Brian Whited will take over the practice leadership position, MCHS announced Tuesday. He is the vice president of operations for Mayo Clinic Health System. Witt will continue leading the work of coordinating and integrating the health system's hospitals across southeastern Minnesota, officials said. He also will continue to care for patients in the area.
A fire smoldering behind a wall triggered a carbon monoxide alarm Sunday, Dec. 11, at 371 Cannonview Drive. Emergency dispatch received a call at 1:58 a.m. that a carbon monoxide alarm had sounded. While Red Wing Fire Department was en route, police reported there was light smoke in the house that the homeowner believed was from the wood-burning fireplace, Fire Chief Shannon Draper and Lt. Trent Wentlandt said.
Who's that coming down the holiday track? It's Thomas ... and a dozen other toy engines. The Red Wing Gandy Dancers model railroad club has its 10th Christmas display running at the St. James Hotel. "We like to think it's becoming a tradition," Jerry Dooley said. The club started in 2002 when the Red Wing Senior Center had a vacant patient room in the former St. John's Hospital. A few aficionados set up a couple of trains from their private collections.
Business notebook Bill Federbusch of Red Wing received first place in H.H. Bennett Studio's summerlong "Water in Wisconsin" photo contest. Federbusch, whose family has had a summer home in the Wisconsin Dells for several generations, won with his photo titled "Leaving Cold Water Canyon."
CANNON FALLS — Thirty-one students take home a backpack of food every weekend in Cannon Falls so their families have something to eat over the weekend. When fourth-grader Jack Mech saw a classmate carrying her school backpack plus one more, he asked her why. "We don't have money," she explained. He promptly went home and asked his mother if he could empty his piggy bank and take the money to school. "Initially I replied with 'probably not.' Then I decided I needed to foster that benevolence within him," Laura Mech said.
Jane Resh Thomas thought enough of Goodhue County Investigator Bryan Reich's help in a painful situation that she opened herself up to potentially more pain by sharing her story with Republican Eagle readers. Her letter made an impression on REaders' Board members, who awarded her the Golden Quill — the newspaper's honor that recognizes people who contribute to public discussion. The letter is poignant, well-written and sheds light on mental illness, members said. They noted it highlights one of the less obvious duties that law enforcement officers perform.
"Dong, dong, dong, dong," the rings rang as 664 musicians made their way Saturday down four flights of escalators to the Mall of America rotunda. The descending C major scale reverberated through the hallways and into the shops. Handbell ringers from across the United States and Canada gathered to perform as largest handbell ensemble recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records. Among them were 25 people from Red Wing including Bells of the Bluffs members, Joyful Ringers from First Lutheran Church and a couple students from Minnesota State College Southeast.
Concrete repair for Main Street and Levee Road is essentially complete for the season, said Ron Rosenthal, city of Red Wing engineering director. The contractor took care of cracks that developed during the 2015 and 2016 reconstruction projects. The Minnesota Department of Transportation determined the patching plan. "There are various reasons for the cracking," Rosenthal said.
Russ Feingold waited six years in the wings, hoping to unseat the man who handed him a decisive loss. On Tuesday, Wisconsin voters declined to return Feingold to the U.S. Senate. Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson handily won his re-election bid by carrying 52 percent of the vote with three-quarters of precincts reporting at press time. "It's a big night for Wisconsin and it's a big night for America," news sources reported Johnson as saying at his campaign celebration in Oshkosh. Feingold called after 10 p.m. to concede.
The Prairie Island nuclear plant began the 30th refueling of Unit 1 Saturday morning. After producing power for 500 continuous days, the reactor came offline and crews began replacing fuel rod assemblies and tackling capital improvements, according to Site Vice President Scott Northard. These outages occur every 18 to 20 months and this one is expected to last five weeks. Unit 2 — which has operated more than 235 continuous days — remains online.