Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003.
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The war in Iraq officially ended Thursday, but don't expect the weekly Friday peace protests at John Rich Park to cease anytime soon. "We're still at war with Afghanistan," points out Bill Habedank, executive director of the local Veterans for Peace chapter. As of Thursday, the United States officially turned over powers to Iraqi leaders after nearly nine years. America is down to two bases and fewer than 4,000 troops in Iraq. That compares to about 500 military installations and as many as 170,000 troops during the surge ordered by former President George W.
Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce will again recognize outstanding manufacturer, newcomer to the chamber, restaurant, retailer and service business of the year. "We're very excited because we've had an overwhelming number of nominees," President Patty Brown said. There were nearly 60. Chamber staff members are complying profiles on each nominee. The recognition banquet will be Jan.
Whether they agreed with Mark Ryan or not, REaders' Board members said the Red Wing man's letter about Minnesota's potential marriage amendment grabbed them. They have awarded him the Golden Quill, our monthly honor for the best letter to the editor. Their comments included: "The letter makes you think." "He lays out an argument." "He calls on the community to think and respond." Ryan's letter was one of three the Republican Eagle published in response to state Rep. Steve Drazkowski's Nov.
How much longer until Chrismas? Stories, songs and an early visit with Santa this Saturday may make the countdown a little more bearable. That's the idea behind this month's Book Adventures for Children at Best of Times Bookstore & Café. Christmas is an exciting time but sometimes it can become a little too exciting too early for the younger family members, according to Denise Alt. Take the edge off Saturday, when activities will start at 10 a.m.
Not many great-grandparents can boast they opened the skiing season with a family member from each successive generation. Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Resort owner and President Leigh Nelson is traditionally the first skier on the chairlift and down the hill for opening day, which was the Friday after Thanksgiving this year. The 47-year-old tradition had a new twist this year: For the first time four generations made the run.
Red Wing Downtown Main Street will shift the shopping season into full gear with Ho Ho Hometown Holidays immediately following Friday's Holiday Stroll. The 2011 promotion will run through Dec. 31 and feature more than $2,300 in prizes and gift certificates, organizers said. There will be daily drawings starting Monday Nov. 28. "We're giving away eight or nine gift certificates a day.
The official record for the Oct. 20 fatal house fire reads: cause undetermined. But state and local fire marshals know either careless smoking or an electrical problem is to blame. The lack of a definitive answer doesn't surprise Terry Duncan of Central States Fire Investigation. After all, the cause of 25 percent of the nation's fires is undetermined. What does surprise him is that Red Wing Fire Department could contain the fire and then narrow down the list of causes to just two.
Lake City chamber of Commerce will launch "Shop at Home for the Holidays" Saturday Nov. 19 to promote citywide holiday events and the benefits of shopping locally. "Our message to holiday shoppers is that our members offer wonderful stores and experiences in the community and that where buyers spend their money matters," said Mary Huselid, Lake City Chamber of Commerce executive director. The campaign will run through Dec. 10. Special activities will include: Nov. 19 -- Santa parade at noon on Washington and Franklin streets. Nov. 26 - Small Business Saturday.
Red Wing Family YMCA kicked off its 2011 annual campaign this week, setting a goal to raise $175,000 by Dec. 31. Seventy-five percent of those funds will help ensure access for people who couldn't otherwise afford a Y membership, campaign leaders said. "The scholarship need continues as the squeeze grows for families," said Mike Melstad, executive director. Of the 730 children who attended Camp Pepin last summer, 130 received scholarships, he said.
The community has been buzzing about the possibilities since Thursday's news that Fairview Red Wing Health Services may become part of Mayo Clinic Health System. Fairview Red Wing, Mayo and Fairview Health Services announced they have agreed to begin a comprehensive evaluation of whether a formal relationship between Mayo Clinic Health System and Red Wing is both feasible and what's best for meeting the region's health needs. A decision could come in 2012.