Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003.
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The Goodhue County Fair Board has found itself in some sticky situations in its 150 years. There was the time the board inaugurated female mud wrestling, for instance. The decision generated controversy, so the figurative mud flew before the fair even began, and the event attracted a crowd.
The Missoula Children's Theatre and Goodhue County 4-H will collaborate again, this time in a stage version of Frank Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz." Shows are slated for 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Sheldon Theatre. This Missoula production comes fresh on the heels of staging "The Frog Prince" with Red Wing area students. The shows are 2 and 7 p.m. today. "We had over a hundred kids try out. It was amazing," said Sean Dowse, Sheldon Theatre executive director.
Red Wing Manufacturers Association has officially existed more than half a century, but local manufacturers have been networking -- and striving to improve themselves and their community -- for more than a century. That commitment is one reason President Jeff Custer stays involved. The Lake City resident works for Xcel Energy.
Red Wing firefighters doused a house fire within 30 minutes Christmas Eve. The department received the 911 call at 6:38 p.m. Friday that a house at 1862 Edoka St. was burning. Firefighters and paramedics arrived within 11 minutes and found heavy smoke streaming from the single-story structure, Capt. Scott Danielson said in a press release. Firefighters entered the home and extinguished the fire within 30 minutes, he said. No one was injured, but the house suffered extensive fire, smoke and water damage.
For entertainment tonight, some local families will share family traditions and the history surrounding Christmas. And some families have refined the art of Christmas, celebrating well into the new year. "Christmas is a season that can last until Epiphany -- Jan. 6 -- or even Candlemas on Feb. 2," said Char Henn, executive director of the Goodhue County History Center. From Christmas trees to ornaments, from stockings to gift giving, where did the traditions come from? Trees, ornaments and lights date back long before Christianity.
Most Golden Quill winners write about local matters, but the REaders' Board occasionally awards the Golden Quill to a local resident who draws attention to a national or international matter. Such is the case with Ray Anderson. The River Falls resident and former Pierce County Board member received the Quill for his letter about the pros and cons of drinking bottled water. The letter is reprinted below. Anderson is a frequent contributor. He usually writes about politics, but the environment is another of his favorite themes.
Storms have come nearly every weekend this holiday season, starting well before Thanksgiving actually, but Red Wing Arts Association members hope for better conditions for the final two days of the Artist Holiday Demonstration Series. Local artisan Tom Koontz is on tap today. He designs custom pens during the Red Wing Artists Holiday Demonstration Series. Julie Reeves of Minneapolis, a mosaic artist, will be on hand Dec. 18.
Ruth Nerhaugen epitomized the concept of community journalist long before our industry coined the phrase, and she has practiced the profession with passion for nearly 35 years at the Red Wing Republican Eagle. She officially retired Nov. 27.
Just about everyone, everywhere you go, has an opinion about their community's newspaper Here, we have a group dedicated to sharing those views with us. The Republican Eagle created the REaders' Board in 2004 as one way to engage our regular readers and reach out the community. The 10 board members help assess how the news, advertising and print staffs are doing. The volunteers also share story ideas. The end result, we think, is a stronger local news organization. The R-E is again looking for five area residents to serve on the board for one year.
Barb Haley challenged Red Wing area residents to break the $100,000 ceiling during Tuesday's Give to the Max Day. Boy, oh, boy, did they give. Residents pumped up 34 local agencies and churches with $121,560. Add in all the $500 matching grants from Red Wing Area Fund and the Jones Family Foundation, and those 34 agencies will receive $141,560. And that's not the full total, because several local non-profits didn't participate in advance training for Give to the Max Day, so their contributions aren't tallied with the others yet. "It would be a fair estimate to say the community proba