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Three writers share the Golden Quill for December 2010. Individually, their letters wouldn't garner the award, REaders' Board members said at their January meeting, but collectively they sent a message regarding local property taxes. In fact, one of the authors, Ted Seifert, serves on the Goodhue County Board and therefore his letter normally wouldn't be eligible for consideration.
Cody Wiberg was so confident Thursday that a Minnesota House committee would approve legislation outlawing synthetic marijuana, he did something he normally doesn't: He left before the vote and drove home to Red Wing. The executive director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy was scheduled to speak at Noontime Kiwanis about that same issue.
A deer shot near Pine Island in November apparently had chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Friday. Because a preliminary screening test was positive, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, will conduct further tests. Results are expected next week. When avid deer hunter Ben Molnar of Red Wing heard the news Friday, he speculated it won't impact local action much. That's because while CWD is fatal to deer, elk and moose, it is not known to affect human health. "As a hunter myself, it's not going to deter me," Molnar said.
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.