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Two people contracted cryptosporidiosis and more than a dozen others got sick after attending a local petting zoo March 31, state health officials said. The Minnesota Department of Health issued an alert to health care providers Wednesday afternoon after laboratory tests confirmed two people picked up the parasite, which causes severe watery diarrhea. The Humane Society of Goodhue County had a one-day petting zoo and photo shoot at its shelter on Bench Street.
Cannon River Watershed recently shared honors with two state lawmakers, a county commissioner and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The watershed won one of Trust for Public Land's annual Conservation Leadership Awards. The Partnership was recognized for its dedication to improving the Cannon River.
What a difference a year makes, state Rep. Tim Kelly told Red Wing service club and chamber members Thursday. Last year, lawmakers and the governor came to loggerheads over the two-year budget that led to a government shutdown. With a couple weeks to go in the 2012 legislative session, the state's financial situation has improved to the point that there's a growing surplus. He said that is because scaled-back government spending is working.
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical has named alumnus Robert Leifeld its new dean of business, information, trade and technology. Leifeld most recently was dean of applied technologies at Northwest Iowa Community College, where he also coordinated the high school relations/technical prep program. Prior to these positions, he taught mechanics, carpentry, math, arboriculture and computer applications. Since graduating from Southeast Technical's aviation maintenance program in 1992, he's earned several additional certifications and degrees.
Work continues on the potential merger of Fairview Red Wing Health Services into the Mayo Clinic Health System, officials said Friday. Nearly five months after announcing they had entered negotiations, the two parties as well as Fairview Health Services continue researching and evaluating if the new relationship would best meet the needs of the region's patients. Due diligence began last fall. "We are nearing the end of that process," Fairview Red Wing officials said in a statement. "At this time, no final decision has been reached.
Red Wing Chevrolet Buick Cadillac now has a local man overseeing new car sales. Scott Hegseth has been promoted to manager of the department. Hegseth, who has been a salesmen at Red Wing Chevrolet for nine years, was born and raised right in Red Wing. "He has the ability to work with people and understands how to fulfill their needs," general manager Brad Banitt said. Being involved in the community is a large part of his life, according to Hegseth.
No one said "a woman's work is never done" at the 2012 Red Wing Women's Hall of Fame induction luncheon Wednesday, but speaker after speaker carried the message. That work is to make the world, starting right here, a better place and to champion women's rights. The inductees were Audrey Bennett, Roseanne Grosso and Linda Thielbar. Bennett Bennett was the first woman president of the Prairie Island Tribal Council. In her 10 years in that role, she also advocated for issues important to all Native Americans.
Red Wing Shoe Co. officially launches Irish Setter Work, a new job-ready line of footwear, on Thursday. The new product builds on the local company's 60-plus-year legacy of the Irish Setter brand outdoor footwear. The company announced last fall it was preparing for a February launch. President Dave Murphy confirmed it was on track earlier this month after accepting Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year award. Irish Setter Work comes in 29 styles with 6-inch and 8-inch lace-up options.
Becky Alsop of Red Wing is Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical's new associate dean. She started the position Feb. 1. Alsop has been a faculty member since 2005, teaching fundamentals of biology, English and career planning, among other subjects.
"Where Eagles Soar" reads the headline in AAALiving magazine for January/February 2012. The Red Wing Eagle Watch Weekend planned March 10 and 11 at Colvill Park dominates two-thirds of a page. Spotters will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m. to help people track the national raptor and answer questions. "We've been on KARE 11, too," said Kathy Silverthorn, executive director of the Red Wing Visitors and Convention Bureau. There's going to be an eagle in the Laurentine Room. Rod Johnson of Cannon Falls has been elected vice president of the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association.