Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy.
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During Thanksgiving weekend, Red Wing celebrated the Yuletide Villagefest. Guests from all over the country stopped by to see and join in on the entertainment. "A lot of people had said they were looking forward to next year," said Peggy Rehder, Yuletide Villagefest organizer. "Friday night it was packed, Saturday was nice and steady with Sunday being slow."
Goodhue County has been strenuously planning for next year's budget and tax levy. Residents will have the opportunity to hear the proposals as well as voice their concerns at upcoming meetings for municipalities and school districts, too. Commonly known as Truth-in-Taxation meetings, the annual property hearings will begin for cities on Thursday in Zumbrota and will end Dec. 20 in Pine Island. For school districts, the first meeting will be Dec. 5 in Red Wing and conclude Dec. 19 in Randolph.
With hopes of being adopted before graduating high school, Aridasee "Cece" Tisland met her family before her wish was even granted. "I was really excited about it at first and then reality started to kick in," the Red Wing teen said. "I wasn't able to figure myself out yet. To have to know who I am and share that with my parents was kinda hard." November is National Adoption Month and Minnesota Department of Human Services is doing its best to ensure that waiting children are quickly moved to a nurturing environment from the foster care system.
STOCKHOLM, Wis. — It started in July 2015, when Brian and Jo Kirchner decided to open a business as part of their retirement plan. "One of the visions we had for our marriage and relationship was to eventually do business together and do something kinda fun." Brian said. Maidenwood Lodge, located in Stockholm, brings couples, families and friends together to celebrate and enjoy time together, from weddings to craft retreats.
This year, GiveMN celebrated its all-day fundraising event, Give to the Max Day, Nov. 17, with a new addition, Road to Generosity. Being the first stop, Red Wing started its event early at the YMCA. Community members could stop for donuts and bananas, or stop in to donate to the YMCA and join the fun with games and activities. After visiting Red Wing, Road to Generosity stopped in six other locations, including the Twin Cities, Moorhead, St. Cloud, Marshall and Duluth. The initiative helped promote and support nonprofits by hosting games and extra prizes.
Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission requires master plans and future concepts to be drafted for new parks to cover the next 10 to 25 years of development as well as distribute legacy funding. Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. reported the progress thus far on the Goodhue County’s Byllesby Park and the new, donated park west of Kenyon. The presentation Tuesday allowed commissioners to see the consensus on what should be done within the two parks and where funding would be needed.
Zumbrota resident Mary Jackson purchased a Cabin Fever scratch ticket on Nov. 13 from 100 Jefferson Drive E. Kwik Trip and crossed her fingers, hoping to win big. "I didn't believe it at first," Jackson said. "I ran into the store and yelled, 'I won, I won!" Jackson traveled to the Lottery headquarters on Nov. 14 to claim her ticket worth $75,000.
CANNON FALLS — In coordination with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, Shepherd's Center held the annual "Adventures in Learning" with an honorable mention to Vietnam-era veterans for their sacrifices.
With polling places in Goodhue County opening at 7 a.m., Carolyn Holmsten, finance director, was gearing up in the early hours for a long day ahead. Holmsten drove around the county throughout the day, and with the county's 91.55 percent voter turnout, she ended up having her hands full. Only a few bumps in the road posed a threat along the way. From an 84 percent increase in voting before Election Day, to vote counting machines acting up in the county, Holmsten witnessed only minor issues arise and truly enjoyed the eventful occasion.
Tuesday's election will bring new faces to Goodhue County Board. Paul Drotos will serve as District 5 commissioner and Barney Nesseth will serve District 3, after each candidate battled to the top during his second attempt at the respective office. "I want to thank my family and friends," Drotos said, "especially the voters who have given me this opportunity to serve."