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"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.
Riverbend Market will have a fresh new look to go with its fresh produce and other goods. The co-op in downtown Red Wing reports nearing the end of its remodeling. The Main Street store will be reopen Feb. 1 and be introducing new products through Feb. 5. Over the course of five days, people can catch 13 live, in-store demonstrations by various producers. The grand opening of the revamped space is planned in April. Wieser Concrete of Maiden Rock had four employees mark 20-plus years of outstanding safety as 2011 closed.
Officials at Cannon River Winery are pretty iced about the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. The Cannon Falls business has created two wines as the carnival's official wine producer: first Winter Ice and now Vulcans' Revenge. "We're really excited. It's definitely a cool partnership that we're glad we're a part of," marketing manager Bergit Nerheim said. Winter Ice is a sweet wine, while Vulcans' Revenge is a hearty wine with a fiery kick. Both will be available at select days and times: 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26, 3 to 9 p.m. Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan.
A $200,000 grant will boost Hiawatha Broadband Communications and give Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical a new curriculum niche. The Minnesota Department for Employment and Economic Development recently awarded the grant under its Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership. Southeast Technical will train 140 HBC workers, DEED said, starting with 35 people to maintain licensure as power limited technicians. Riverland Community College will assist with the licensing classes. The training will begin in January.
Steven Hammer of Red Wing has been named the new warden of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Rush City. Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy promoted Hammer, who came to MCF-Red Wing in 1997. "Steve has demonstrated the strong leadership and expertise that I expect of Minnesota wardens," Roy said. Hammer began his corrections career in 1991 as an information and technology specialist at the MCF-Shakopee. In 1997, Hammer transferred to Red Wing and worked his way up to associate warden of administration.
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.