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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.
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.