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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.
City of Red Wing started working on a water main break Thursday evening on the Red Wing side of the Eisenhower Bridge crossing into Wisconsin. "Traffic is currently open, however it’s being directed to the outside lanes of Highway 63 as the leak is on the centerline," Administrative Services Director Laura Blair said in a news statement at approximately 7:30 p.m. Motorists are urged drive with extreme caution and slowdown in this area. Repairs will begin at 6 a.m. Friday, June 30, Blair said.
Awarding a Golden Quill to the writer of a politically charged letter carries the risk that people will think that the REaders' Board endorses a particular point of view. When the board met earlier this month, members discussed several letters. The one by Beth Slocum published April 1, 2017, and reprinted on this page rose to the top. Members said they especially appreciated that the letter issues a call to action. Slocum lives in Vasa Township. She urges people to call state lawmakers and "tell them not to limit the power of citizens, township or local governments."
Treasure Island Resort & Casino's waterpark continues to make a splash and just got bigger with 1,913 square feet of "splashing pool" fun. The Prairie Island Indian Community first broke ground in early 2016 on an $86 million project. The first phases included Lagoon water park and Wave spa. The Lagoon water park already has proven popular beyond expectations, Tribal Council President Shelley Buck recently told the casino's service providers. That led to a major addition, which opened Friday, May 12.
The Ursuline Sisters of Villa Maria have come home. One hundred forty years since their local ministry started, they have been laid to rest where it all started. A blessing of their permanent gravesite will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at St. Mary's of the Lake Cemetery in Lake City. "St. Mary's has given them a corner of their own" in a beautiful setting, said Bonnie Stang of Red Wing, who served six years on the Villa Maria Board of Directors.
Barking by the family dog alerted residents at 1922 Burton St. to a fire shortly before 2 a.m. today, May 6. All escaped without injury, Red Wing Fire Chief Shannon Draper reported. Firefighters reached the home within five minutes of the 1:56 a.m. call that an attached garage was burning. The garage was found engulfed and the blaze extending into the house and attic space. Firefighters immediately started an aggressive interior attack, according to Draper. They took approximately two hours to extinguish the fire.
Three area wineries have been named to Minnesota's top 10 by the Best of Minnesota website. Alexis Bailly Vineyards of Hastings leads the way at No. 1. Founded in the late 1970s, "the granddaddy of Minnesota wineries" as the website calls it, Alexis Bailly stakes claim to being the first commercial winery to grow and use grapes grown in the state. "Although it's been best known for its dessert wines, Bailly's maturing vineyards are now producing grapes that make smooth and complex reds," the judges note.
Business notebook Mayo Clinic Health System has a new position but has filled with with familiar face. Dr. David Agerter has been named to director of Academic Strategy and Development for MCHS. Agerter will work to strengthen medical education and residency opportunities at Mayo-owned clinics and hospitals across the Midwest, including Red Wing, Cannon Falls and Lake City, the health system announced last week. He also will lead efforts to increase and diversify the medical research taking place in the health system.