John R. Russett
John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts.
You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett
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The night was clear, and with the rumbling of railroad cars surrounding him on both sides, Wang Pei Hui sat back on a sandy island in the middle of the Mississippi River and looked at the stars. Days later Hui sat in a chair in the office of Brad Alsop, biology professor at Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical and recalled his experiences on the Mississippi, his hands spread wide as he told the tale of catching the biggest fish of his life.
In a response to state legislation that will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year, Red Wing will test a new evaluation pilot program for teachers this year. Red Wing School District is implementing a three-piece program that includes a teacher practice pilot, student learning outcomes pilot and a student engagement pilot. Director of Teaching and Learning Joe Jezierski gave a report Monday to the School Board.
A wooden chest carrying the entirety of a family's possessions had a single name scratched into the front: Jorgen G. Karlsrud. Today the name Jorgen Karlsrud belongs to a man working for an advertising agency in Minneapolis who recently had a unique opportunity to get in touch with his family's roots. Karlsrud, who grew up in Red Wing and is a 2003 graduate of Red Wing High School, inherited his name from a great-grandfather who inscribed the name into the trunk that still sits in his family's home.
For Min MartinOakes, taking over as the director of Colvill Family Center is like coming home. "Red Wing really is home. So when I had the opportunity to move into this position, because my heart is really in early childhood [education, so being able to oversee all the early childhood programs in my community it was like, 'Why wouldn't I want to end my career doing that?'" MartinOakes said. This might be her last job, she said, with a little hesitation. "But one never really knows," she added.
The goal: 200 gallons of chili. Maureen Nelson, executive director of United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties, said they have set a goal of trying to get 50 participants — with four gallons of chili per participant — for this year's Chili Cook-Off. The cook-off, in its 10th year, has typically been local to Red Wing and had around 27 or 28 participants, but this year Nelson said they have made an effort to attract more interest from their broader service area.
In discussions regarding the upcoming referendum, two topics have come up frequently from concerned district residents, the new tennis courts and the new River Bluff Education Center; “If we are...
To the Editor: As a longtime Minnesota farmer, I understand how our strong agriculture economy has brought rapid increases to agricultural land value. This has led many farmers to experience...