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LAKE CITY — Hearth & Home Technologies takes a box and turns it into something beautiful and functional ... a thousand times a day. In 1992, the company known then as Heat 'N' Glo took a big, empty box and transformed it into a factory that today employs 600 people who manufacture four brands of gas fireplaces and inserts — Heat & Glo, Heatilator, Quadra-Fire and most recently, Majestic.
Red Wing Arts Association has simplified its name and expanded its mission. After 65 years of service, the organization will be called Red Wing Arts. A new logo goes with the new name. "We hope that dropping 'association' from our name makes us more accessible and inviting. Association can sometimes imply a closed type of group," Executive Director Mary Lee said.
Spontaneous applause interrupted the opening of Xcel Energy's annual community breakfast as officials announced a major shift in electrical production. "In 30 months, when we finish our next wind expansion, more than two-thirds of all the energy on our system will be generated by carbon-free resources," said Regional Vice President Greg Chamberlain, who had to stop speaking and ended up joining in the applause.
The Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce and Red Wing Manufacturers Association have tours, an expo and a luncheon planned to celebrate local manufacturing. October is Manufacturing Month. Chamber President Patty Brown said the Red Wing area will go all out the week of Oct. 23. There are roughly four dozen area manufacturers. "We are so fortunate to have all these manufacturers in our community. They have a significant impact on our economic well-being," Brown said.
Bergwall Arena effectively has been on ice since 2015. This fall, the vacant building will come down. Minnesota State College Southeast issued a request of proposals on Monday to demolish the arena. "Due to the extremely poor condition of the building, and the fact that it has become a safety hazard, it cannot be renovated or re-purposed," said Michael Kroening, MSC Southeast CFO and facilities manager.
Dave Muelken from SCS Elevator Co. will be among the panelists when Journey to Growth "J2G" and Destination Medical Center bring leaders together to find ways to continue to move the region's economy forward. The economic summit will feature manufacturers from across the region. The event will be 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at the Rochester International Event Center, 7333 Airport View Drive S.W., Rochester. Cost is $30.
A Hager City man was airlifted Thursday, Sept. 7, after a semi struck the Air Force Reserve bus in which he was riding. Bob Preskorn was conscious when he was flown from the scene near Monticello, Minn. He was among 13 people en route to a training site near Fargo, N.D. when the semi apparently rearended the bus shortly before noon on Interstate 94, according to the 934th Airlift Wing in Minneapolis. Six people aboard the bus were hurt; Preskorn was the sole person airlifted, the State Patrol's initial report said.
The North American eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, will be a natural wonder that may tempt people to look to the skies. Do not do it, eye care professionals advise, unless you have proper eyewear for viewing this astrological marvel. You could damage your eyes or lose your sight entirely. "Obviously, the safest way to watch the solar eclipse is on NASA's website or any digital device — online or TV," said Dr. Antoinette Chamoun, an optometrist at Pearle Vision in Red Wing.
STOCKHOLM, Wis. — Village Park offered plenty of seats for the thousands who descended upon this small community Saturday, July 15. If you picked the right one, you got a history lesson with Stockholm Art Fair's music, munchies and merchandise.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is again extending the public comment period for its draft environmental assessment to dredge near Wabasha. The new deadline is July 28. The move came Thursday, the same day the Wabasha City Council voted to pursue a comprehensive legal action to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing its Mississippi River dredging materials management plan.