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Jane Resh Thomas thought enough of Goodhue County Investigator Bryan Reich's help in a painful situation that she opened herself up to potentially more pain by sharing her story with Republican Eagle readers. Her letter made an impression on REaders' Board members, who awarded her the Golden Quill — the newspaper's honor that recognizes people who contribute to public discussion. The letter is poignant, well-written and sheds light on mental illness, members said. They noted it highlights one of the less obvious duties that law enforcement officers perform.
"Dong, dong, dong, dong," the rings rang as 664 musicians made their way Saturday down four flights of escalators to the Mall of America rotunda. The descending C major scale reverberated through the hallways and into the shops. Handbell ringers from across the United States and Canada gathered to perform as largest handbell ensemble recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records. Among them were 25 people from Red Wing including Bells of the Bluffs members, Joyful Ringers from First Lutheran Church and a couple students from Minnesota State College Southeast.
Concrete repair for Main Street and Levee Road is essentially complete for the season, said Ron Rosenthal, city of Red Wing engineering director. The contractor took care of cracks that developed during the 2015 and 2016 reconstruction projects. The Minnesota Department of Transportation determined the patching plan. "There are various reasons for the cracking," Rosenthal said.
Russ Feingold waited six years in the wings, hoping to unseat the man who handed him a decisive loss. On Tuesday, Wisconsin voters declined to return Feingold to the U.S. Senate. Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson handily won his re-election bid by carrying 52 percent of the vote with three-quarters of precincts reporting at press time. "It's a big night for Wisconsin and it's a big night for America," news sources reported Johnson as saying at his campaign celebration in Oshkosh. Feingold called after 10 p.m. to concede.
The Prairie Island nuclear plant began the 30th refueling of Unit 1 Saturday morning. After producing power for 500 continuous days, the reactor came offline and crews began replacing fuel rod assemblies and tackling capital improvements, according to Site Vice President Scott Northard. These outages occur every 18 to 20 months and this one is expected to last five weeks. Unit 2 — which has operated more than 235 continuous days — remains online.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved Xcel Energy’s long-range plan to deliver nearly 63 percent of energy to Midwest customers via carbon-free sources by 2030. The PUC’s vote Thursday came the same day Xcel Energy held its annual Red Wing breakfast with community leaders. Saying he anticipated positive news by Friday, Chris Clark, president of Northern States Power Co. told leaders the plan will more than double Xcel Energy-Minnesota’s renewable energy portfolio. The original 800 megawatts of wind will go up to 1,500. Plus, solar will grow down the line.
The Red Wing Republican Eagle REaders' Board awarded Michael Hayes the Golden Quill for his commentary of Aug. 10. He warned citizens that democracies in times of internal stress can be fragile and that it's up to each of us to keep our democracy strong. Board members appreciated that his commentary immediately got a response. Melissa Wolford of Red Wing's letter of Aug. 13 urged people to remember the lessons of World War II. "We must understand how all began," she wrote. Hayes accomplished part of what he intended, board members said, which was to spark public dialogue
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — Huddled in snow boots, jacket and mittens, Hayley Hinrichs rode the dairy barn’s refrigerated merry-go-round Thursday having done what no other Goodhue County dairy princess has ever before. Others have had their image carved in butter, but hers wears the crown. Hinrichs, the 19-year-old daughter of Goodhue farmer Tim Hinrichs, was crowned the 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way Wednesday night at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
The Pierce County Health Department reports a dead crow found in Pierce County July 29 has tested positive for West Nile virus.This is the first bird that tested positive this year since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. “The positive bird means that residents of Pierce County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Public Health Director Sue Galoff said.
Traffic on Highway 61/Main Street through Red Wing will switch Thursday from the southbound lanes to the newly constructed outside lanes. In case of inclement weather, the switch will be...