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.
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John Huenink, vice president and director of education at Kraus-Anderson Construction, talked to the Red Wing School Board Tuesday about the plans for moving forward with the district’s long-range facilities planning. Huenink said he hopes to get opinions from staff throughout the district to get a better idea of where some of largest needs may be.
The doors to Prairie Island Arena were locked Thursday night as Red Wing Amateur Hockey Association works with the school district to clear up language in the district’s “Facility Use Policy and Procedures.” The wording, amended early this year to require a certificate of insurance by anyone who rents district property, has left the association uninsured and unable to move forward with scheduled clinics and tryouts. The RWAHA webpage on the Red Wing Athletic Association website has a message from RWAHA President Chuck Kinney saying the association still does not have insurance but expec
Red Wing High School will be replacing its fire alarms after discovery during the annual summer inspection of a system showing signs of wear with potential to fail at any time. The system is still operational, but due to its condition, Joe Faust, the State Fire Marshal schools inspector for Goodhue County, wrote an order to replace the system.
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Two weapons violations were reported at local schools within the first month. The first occurred at Jefferson School, which is operated by the Goodhue County Education District, when a Leatherman tool and a knife were found in a backpack. The second was reported at Sunnyside Elementary school with similar circumstances. Red Wing Police Department said that these types of infractions are usually accidental. Supt. Karsten Anderson said Red Wing School District typically has to deal with a weapon violation once or twice a year.
The 10th annual United Way Chili Cook-Off had two first-time entries take home the people’s choice award for best chili. Women Cents “Women Cents Wondrous Cauldron of White Chicken Chili” won the people’s choice award in the amateur category and King’s Place “King Classic Chili” won the people’s choice award in the professional category. Maureen Nelson, executive director of United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties, estimated 300 to 350 people attended Thursday’s event. Businesses, restaurants and non-profits from Cannon Falls, Miesville, Lake City, Pierce County and Red Win
Aside from working to add more tours and more members this year, the Red Wing Manufacturers Association is working to spread interest in manufacturing to a younger generation. One of the big projects for the association is its involvement in Project Lead the Way, said Sharon McCord, new secretary and treasurer for the association. McCord is taking over for Judy Hines, who was the secretary and treasurer for 16 years. Project Lead the Way is a way for the students to gain a better understanding of manufacturing, McCord said. “It’s a way to get our young generation interested in manu
Joe Jezierski, director of teaching and learning for Red Wing schools, said Monday that the five-year trend for ACT test results is not where he would like it to be. The ACT results show Red Wing students testing just below the state average in all four categories of math, English, reading, and science for 2013. The composite score for Red Wing students was 22.5 compared to a state average of 23.
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.