Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003.
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Whether they lean toward voting yes or no on Minnesota's proposed marriage amendment, REaders' Board members unanimously agreed that John Kern's letter outlining reasons against changing the state Constitution earned the Golden Quill "hands down." And September proved an especially good month for strong letters to the editor, they noted. Kern's letter is more about what our country is founded on and less about personal beliefs, members noted. Kern looked at the bigger picture. "There are so many different way to look at this issue.
Lois Burnes was helping children create paper fans at the far end of Central Park during Saturday's Red Wing Diversity Festival. When the time came for the Amos Owen Award, she heard bits and pieces about the recipient as wind, crowd noise and children's conversation competed with the sound system. "Oh, that sounds like someone may be doing some good," she said to herself and kept working. Barbara von Haaren of the Red Wing Human Rights Commission soon announced the winner: Lois Burnes. And announced it again. It was several minutes before Burnes clearly heard she had won.
The election season has kicked into high gear. The National Republican Convention was last week. President Barack Obama and the Democrats have center stage this week. Locally, candidates will start knocking on doors and appearing at forums and addressing civic clubs this month. There are races for city, school, county, state and federal offices. In addition, there are school and city referendum questions and constitutional amendments on the ballot. We anticipate receiving many, many letters.
A Goodhue County woman is one of three people who contracted an influenza attributed to pigs shown at the Minnesota State Fair. The unidentified patients are believed to have developed a strain of H1N2 from the swine barn or exhibiting pigs, the Minnesota Department of Health reported. That strain is different from the H3N2v strain that has prompted stepped up surveillance and prevention efforts nationwide. A teenage girl, elementary school-age boy and the woman, who is in her late 70s, became ill last week.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- New food. New exhibits. New rides. New venues. The 2012 Minnesota State Fair has them all. Sometimes, however, what's "new" is really quite old. There are many prime examples this year. The first stop off the Commonwealth entrance is Heritage Square.
Prairie Island nuclear plant's site vice president enjoys his new job. He says so often. But it also shows in Jim Molden's smile, his interaction with staff and his drive to make the Red Wing station the best. "Our industry is all about the right grades, the right score," Molden said. "Our goal is to be the benchmark plant of the industry." The quest began with "Walkabouts with Jim" shortly after his arrival.
RED WING, Minn. -- Prairie Island nuclear plant shut down Unit 1 after operators declared its two backup diesel generators inoperable Tuesday. Staff determined during routine testing that both generators had exhaust leaks, Xcel Energy media relations spokeswoman Mary Sandok confirmed. That deemed them inoperable, and the plant filed an incident report of the safe shutdown with the Nuclear Regulatory Plant. Prairie Island has other backup protection, including diesel generators and turbine-driven and portable pumps, the company said in the statement issued at 2:30 p.m.
Jake Goering is a CEO without a building. He's not only OK with that, he's thrilled. The ability to create something new -- including the facility to house it -- is part of what attracted him to his new job. Goering leads the newly merged Seminary Home and St. Brigid's at Hi-Park. Both Red Wing nursing homes will continue to operate until a new, integrated cutting-edge care center run by Benedictine Health System opens in late 2014. This is much more than a merger: The new facility will be connected to the local medical center.
Xcel Energy came close to breaking its single-day 9,544 megawatt usage record for the region this week as people, businesses and industries fired up air conditioners. Despite temperatures approaching 100 degrees on several days, the energy record from July 20, 2011, stands. The closest the utility came was a demand for just under 9,500 mw at one point Monday, according to unofficial records. "We've actually been managing it very well," Laura McCarten said of customer demand. The Xcel regional vice president visited the Republican Eagle office Tuesday.
The Republican Eagle has a high school intern again this year. Mikayla Cota of Red Wing will spend 10 weeks learning about the news business. Readers may have noticed her byline on several stories already. Cota, who will be a senior in the fall, has served on the school's Aerie staff for three years.